Mak­ing A Dif­fer­ence

Shap­ing the fu­ture of Bali’s dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren

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In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Bali Re­sort is not merely a 5-star ac­com­mo­da­tion, but a lead­ing hote­lier that recog­nises the need to help the less for­tu­nate in the so­ci­ety. Ho­tel guests have made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to some of Bali’s dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren by par­tic­i­pat­ing in the re­sort’s an­nual fundrais­ing cam­paign to sup­port Panti Salam Chil­dren’s Home Foun­da­tion. Ev­ery year, the re­sort raises funds to pur­chase daily ne­ces­si­ties for these chil­dren, which of­ten in­cludes cloth­ing, toi­letries and nu­tri­tious food.

The home was founded in 1979 as a re­sponse to the need for an or­phan­age in the Ta­banan dis­trict of Bali. The foun­da­tion’s vi­sion is to equip and em­power eco­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren phys­i­cally, emo­tion­ally and spir­i­tu­ally for adult­hood. This or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vides a roof over the head of more than 50 kids who at­tend pri­mary and se­condary schools in the vicin­ity. All chil­dren are ac­cepted based on their fam­i­lies’ eco­nomic sit­u­a­tions, more of­ten than not im­pov­er­ished fam­i­lies or vic­tims of vi­o­lence and ex­ploita­tion. Oth­ers came from a sin­gle par­ent fam­ily who, in des­per­a­tion, sends their youngest child into forced labour to help put food on the ta­ble. By pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tion, com­ple­mented with a host of projects and ac­tiv­i­ties, Panti Salam aims to em­power as many chil­dren as pos­si­ble, re­turn­ing them a chance to live and grow in this won­der­ful world.

In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Bali Re­sort’s 2016 Christ­mas fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive was a joint ho­tel-guest ac­tiv­ity in which es­teemed guests, vis­i­tors and staff were in­vited to con­trib­ute a min­i­mum of US$10 cash do­na­tion, that comes with a take home Christ­mas pouch as a me­mento of their sup­port to the un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren of Bali.

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