Orphanage, Home, & Shelter
YKPA began as a shelter for street kids seeking relief, food, and medicine. Our community grew as kids began to live at our orphanage, where we provided food, beds, and an all-age school room. Soon more kids came along, some without parents, some with one or two who didn’t care for them, and some with disabilities. All of them were sick, abandoned, or in need of extensive medical and surgical care.
The organization grew month by month without any planning or resources. Foreigners and expats helped out with materials and funds, and slowly the YKPA community gained more and more capacity. Today, more than fifty children live in residence at YKPA.
Besides regular school, the kids are given fun extracurricular classes at YKPA like dance, computer skills, English, and art. These classes are sometimes taught by local teachers, and other times by foreign student volunteers.
Our dance class has become a hip-hop ‘dance troupe’, winning competitions around the Denpasar area.
Street Kids School Project
Street kids in Kuta Bali want an education more than anything – so YKPA started an informal Saturday afternoon class where the kids felt ‘safe’… on the beach. Many kids showed up for months before the class was forced to move. Over years, the classes moved many times. Successive kids met in a rented shop near the Kuta slums.
These children consistently ask for these makeshift classes because their lives are too chaotic for regular school. To date, several of our girls have successfully passed the government elementary equivalency test: a massive accomplishment for a child who still has to beg on the roads.
What began as ‘helping our’ has become a fully-fledged organization working on several different projects, requiring donations for education, rent, and other simple administration and operational costs. Thankfully, the contributions of our donors keep us going and help us grow.
With the help of generous fundraisers, YKPA co-founder Putu has created a new bamboo school building within a Kuta ‘slum’ area in June 2018.
Medical & Surgical Assistance
Many of the children living in remote areas and nearby islands have disabilities or serious conditions for which care is only available in Bali. Typically their parents are either unaware of these options, or afraid of the financial costs and seemingly insurmountable access.
Our YKPA staff find these children through outreach projects, or through collaboration with other NGOs. Both parent and child are invited to YKPA in Denpasar, where they are provided accommodations, meals, and transportation for the medical and/or surgical care needed.
Frequently, recovery can take months to years, and typically the child becomes a resident of YKPA. That means access to an education that was previously unavailable, as well as all of the other classes and activities so important for children here – like English and computer literacy. These kids visit their parents – or their parents visit YKPA -whenever possible.
We visit extremely poor villages where many street kids come from. We bring them clothes and food supplies.
Bali is prone to natural disasters like volcanos and earthquakes, which destroy and displace families all over the island. big volcano in Bali is trembling with many earthquakes. Many YKPA former street children have relatives in the areas most affected by these crises. Some parents decide to stay, risking their lives to guard their homes and care for their animals, but their children need to leave. The government sets up shelters, but these are inadequate for the high numbers of survivors when disaster strikes.
Alongside a YKPA team, our co-founder Putu drives back and forth to the affected sites to pick up 60 children and a few adults, setting up YKPA as a ‘refugee’ camp. We also provide relief items like meals, water, and petrol.
YKPA’s capacity has been fully overwhelmed more than once, and many supporters have stepped up to help out.
Please consider helping out – YKPA desperately needs supplies, volunteers, and donations on hand more than ever during these trying times.