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Tourism is set to help dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren in In­done­sia, with a study cen­tre due to open in Be­dugul, Bali, early next year. The cen­tre is funded by ac­com­mo­da­tion gi­ant Ac­cor through its Spirit of Smiles Golf Day, which was played for the first time this year on a new course at Nusa Dua. The fa­cil­ity will pro­vide a ded­i­cated, sup­port­ive space in which chil­dren from low-in­come fam­i­lies can spend ex­tracur­ric­u­lar time on their school­work. The aim is to strengthen the young­sters’ ed­u­ca­tional foun­da­tions and im­prove their chances of long-term fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity within the In­done­sian com­mu­nity. The golf fundraiser is just one facet of Ac­cor’s cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity pro­gram, A Tree for a Child. The foun­da­tion fo­cuses on the gen­eral wel­fare of In­done­sian chil­dren and poverty al­le­vi­a­tion through the im­ple­men­ta­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tal preser­va­tion projects. In the 15 years since its es­tab­lish­ment, A Tree for a Child has opened clin­ics and li­braries, pro­vided schol­ar­ships, built class­rooms for vil­lage chil­dren, sup­ported an or­phan­age and par­tic­i­pated in re­for­esta­tion pro­grams. More: atreeforachild.org; ac­corho­tels.com.au.

CATHER­INE MAR­SHALL

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