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Putu's Orphanage Education Fund
$120 raised
4% of $3k goal
5 contributors
75 Weeks running

Hey ya'll! 

I am Samantha Jones and Putu Eka is my Bali mama and housekeeper. Not only does Putu take better care of me than anyone ever has. but she is a single Mom here in Bali (actually very rare as most mothers are not allowed to retain parental  rights after divorce) and runs an orphanage of 23 children ages 9 months to 17 years old. 

Putu is a hard working woman who is different than her peers. She saved enough money from working for an American family years ago to buy land and build her own modest home. She lives there with her son, Agus. His name means handsome and their house is next door to the main home of the orphanage. 

Putu is generous with her love and always has time for others. After working a usually short day here with me, she goes home and spends time with the kids when they return from school. She also does all the usual house chores of laundry, cooking, cleaning and maintenance a provider takes on, with the assistance of her 2 friends a lovely older couple named Ibuk Ema and Pak Ariston. After dinner each night she continues their education from 7-9pm in a room with no chairs, blackboard or books, then they are off to bed after a long day. There is not enough money to have sheets for all the beds, because when you have sheets you have laundry, so they sleep with no covers. 

The children eat very simply with mostly white rice as their sustenance. When there is extra money, fruits and vegetables, sometimes chickens are purchased. Putu is also at times able to give them an allowance.

I asked her if they buy candy with it, and like all kids I know, they do! 

Its not bad over there and I'll tell you, those kids are happy ones. They are loving, kind, friendly and always happy to receive visitors. Let's not forget they have no parents. 

Clearly yall this isn't the whole story. These children often go all day at school with no lunch or even a little snack. We know you can't think or learn on an empty tummy! from 7:30 to 1:30 they are there and then don't get o eat until dinner, much later. 

There's also the hitch that Indonesia does not provide free education to its youth. Putu somehow finds a way to send them to school, but she often cannot afford the books they need. Or pencils, pens, shoes, uniforms, backpacks, and let me repeat-FOOD other than rice. 

So what can we do and how easy is it? 

A lot and VERY. 

I got a list of all the expenses as is and what we would like them to be. We wrote down all the needs and then all the wants. BTW Putu was almost impossible to get the wishes out of, so I took the liberty to put things on the list like fruit and vegetables and wifi.

Yeah they don't have that. Someone gave them a computer which was so nice, but they can't use it. Electricity is very expensive here, they don't have wifi AND they literally don't know how to use it. (I'm hoping my desktop PC days come back to me when I try to show them!)

 

Th first thing we are going to take care of is the school and book fees for the next session. THIS is what Putu said was her biggest priority at this time. She was recently gifted rice and fruits and veggies are currently in stock there.

For a total of $3000 we can provide ALL her kiddos with books, supplies and uniforms and the next session starts now. 

 

 

Here's what to do:

-click on an amount, put your card number in, set it on monthly reoccurring and say a prayer for Putu and her 23. 

You can also see the results on my Facebook page and instagram stories. 

Please message me with any questions, I would love to be massively transparent to those who are interested! 

 

 

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