Fundraising for our local organization is very important. Volunteer Programs Bali has been running for almost 7 years now. When we started the program our aim was to work within the local community and together with the local community. This meant especially in the beginning to work in an existing school, use existing materials and school furniture and to work only with local Balinese people as our partners. We wanted to keep our program as small and as local as possible, with limited financial resources and limited to no support from structural donors.
Whilst this is still our aim and mission, we have come to the point now where we want to create financial sustainability for the program as well as expanding it in order to help more communities in Bali.
The program fees from our international volunteers are all used for volunteer costs such as accommodation, transportation and school supplies. Yes, of course this benefits the local community and our children, there is not much left for us to expand and to maintain our other programs such as our cultural program, our transportation program for our children and our scholarship program.
Education is a fundamental right of every child. It is the right to be able to have quality education and the right to develop and to participate in society.
For this reason, Volunteer Programs Bali aims to build a school where children can go to school on a daily basis. We help these children and young adults in their growth to a self-sustaining and sustainable future by giving them practical education, so they can provide for themselves and their families in the future.
To make this happen, we need funding, structural and continues funding so we can build our own school and guarantee the education for Balinese children for the coming years. By creating a place where our children can come for free English classes, free Balinese dance classes at our cultural program and where they can grow and develop in a way that they can reach their full potential.
During the month of September, our founder Kimberley Vanderheyden has been abroad to meet with potential donors, to give presentations about our work and to raise awareness about our programs in Bali. Until now all our fundraising campaigns and efforts to raise funds have been mainly online and locally in Bali, Indonesia. But for donors, especially those who are interested to support and fund our programs on the long term, it is important to see and hear the person who is behind all of it. They want to meet Kimberley, to hear her story and to be able to ask the necessary questions.During the month of September, our founder Kimberley Vanderheyden has been abroad to meet with potential donors, to give presentations about our work and to raise awareness about our programs in Bali.
Hard work pays off; two big newspapers in Belgium have published an article about Kimberley and the work of Volunteer Programs Bali. This kind of publicity is very much needed as we don’t have any marketing budget and we do everything in house. To be recognized and to gain visibility through these articles is something we’ve been working very hard for and we are so happy and proud to share this!
Besides this support and visibility, Kimberley has set up contacts with many potential donors, she has been working on a press kit and website of Volunteer Programs Forever, the recognized private foundation where VP Bali is a part of. We genuinely hope that all these efforts will pay off in the near future, so that we can continue our mission and support more people and communities who need it.
Please consider to support our mission, our programs are depending on donations for 100% and every little bit helps towards our goals.