At Volunteer Programs Bali we are proud to have wonderful staff members in our team. One of our staff members is Eka who works as a local coordinator in the schools. He joined us last February and from the moment he started to work with us he is giving all he can for Volunteer Programs Bali. He is born in the district Dukuh which is located in the Tabanan regency. Eka grew up in this small village where there was not much work provided and that is why his family had to work in the Ubud area. However, at this moment all his family can work as farmers in Dukuh near to their house.
His story began with his little brother Indra who was participating the classes of VP Bali since the beginning of our program. He wanted to improve his English so he can use that knowledge in the future to provide for himself and his family. Indra told Eka about his experiences and Eka was immediately very enthusiastic about the mission and vision of Volunteer Programs Bali. He decided to take a look at the website and went to school to have a conversation with our local coordinator Komang. When Kimberley, the founder of Volunteer Programs Bali, heard about Eka she invited him for a job interview and from that moment Eka was part of the VP Bali family.
As a staff member he is not only helping us to organize the classes but he also encourages the local children of the community to come and to learn English with us. He is a big part of our family and plays a huge role in making the classes fun and playful.
Learning English is really important for Eka as it gives the Balinese children a chance for a better future. When he was growing up, learning English was really expensive and therefore for most children impossible. Beside that Eka had no choice to follow any form of education after his elementary school since his family needed him to make an income as well. He had a job where he had to clean handycrafts, called woodwork, after his obligated classes.
The healthcare system is not very organized in Bali. Besides the high costs of hospital bills there is no insurance which covers any income when a family member gets sick. This happened to Eka’s family a few months ago. His father had complications from his diabetes and had an infection in his lungs. For more than six months his father was not able to work which was hard since his income was necessary to provide for the whole family. Food and education are very expensive for most of the Indonesian people in Bali and Eka’s family had to deal with all the high costs without having any regular income of the father.
At Volunteer Programs Bali, it is very important to help each other out when someone of the staff members or someone of the local community is dealing with difficult circumstances. Therefore we decided to support Eka and his family to overcome this struggle. We did not only do this by supporting Eka financially through donations, but we were also always there for him when he needed any kind of help. Eka, we admire your perseverance and we hope you will stay a long time with the VP Bali Family!