What we do

For many years, Tjeerd van Dijk, founder of Foundation Education Project Bali, spent his holidays on Bali, Indonesia: also called the ‘’Island of the Gods’’. He fell in love with the beauty and the unique culture, but especially with the people. He got to know many families in different villages, and was touched by the difficult living conditions of many of them. He was also impressed by the way the people deal with poverty, and support each other unconditionally. There is a great sense of community on Bali, inspired by the Hindu religion. They all help each other! 

Unfortunately, many families lack sufficient financial means for the education of their children; while we take it for granted that our children receive a good education. The income of many families is often not much more than a few Euros per day. But since Balinese parents really value the education of their children, they sometimes go the bank for a loan to pay the costs for the school. Money they often cannot repay, so their debt grows every year. It is also quite common for children to work in their spare time, to earn some money, such as selling souvenirs on the beach.


What is it all about?

Education up to the age of 15 (SD=Sekolah Dasar=primary school, and SMP-Sekolah Menengah Pertama-junior high school) on Bali is free of charge, there is no school fee. Still there are a number of obligatory expenses for the parents: money for books, school uniforms, sport clothes and shoes, transport to school, food. This adds up to for us the quite modest amount of € 100 (primary school), and to approx.€ 135 (junior high school). Not really much for good education. After the junior high school, the children can continue with the senior high school. Although not obligatory any longer, most parents will stimulate their children to continue, since this offers much better changes in life. This SMA (Sekolah Mengah Atas) or SMK (Sekolah Mengah Kebangsaan) is another three years, and more expensive. Depending up the type of school, this can add up to about 300€ in the first years, and often the same amount in the final year. Since we do not want to raise the sponsor amount of 135€, the foundation builds up a reserve from our regular sponsor income, so we can support these children when and where needed.


Foundation Education project Bali

Tjeerd got the idea to support these families by sponsoring the education of their children, and together with two friends he established the ‘’Foundation Education Project Bali’’. To prevent parents from getting into problematic debts in order to give their children a decent education. This website tells you more about ‘’our’’ good cause, but even more about our ideal: being small-scale and transparent, so that every euro is spent on our cause. Not only do we have an ANBI recognition, but thanks to our small group of dedicated volunteers, no money is wasted on overhead costs. Just visible results. Because ‘small is beautiful, and our sponsors deserve that their money goes where it is needed. Because we can all agree on one thing:

A child without an education is a child without a future

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For all your questions, you can contact us through our contact form.


An ANBI or ‘ algemeen nut beogende instellingen’ is a Public Benefit Organization who’s efforts are almost entirely commited to the public benefit. To be qualified as an ANBI the organization has to meet certain conditions, those can be found under the ‘About the foundation’ section.

Holiday Wishes

Travel report Jolanda and Jan

After two (corona) years of waiting, on September 7 Jolanda and I finally went to Bali. A few weeks before that date, Tjeerd brought us some clothes for the children on Bali. A large blue suitcase filled with clothes and toys and some extra stuff that we would take...

Visit 2022: Sponsor money and food packages

In September, we were back in Bali for the foundation for the first time in three years! That is, I was there earlier in March, to prepare for the visit to the schools and parents. I then handed out the forms to the contact persons, in order to ensure a smooth visit...

Travel blog Tjeerd 2018

On August 17 I arrived again on Bali for the yearly visit of the Foundation to the schools and children. My first stop was Padangbai, on the east coast of Bali. On Sunday afternoon I was at White Sand beach, where I met all the children and their parents, gave them...

Corona crisis op Bali: update januari 2021

Corona crisis on Bali: update January 2021 In May last year we informed our sponsors and other interested parties about the lockdown on Bali and the disastrous consequences for the children and their families. At that time we still had a small hope that we would be...

Karin Francke visit Bali 2019

On August 14 I left Amsterdam Schiphol with Qatar via Doha to Denpasar on Bali, together with Tjeerd, Chairman of the Foundation and a good friend of mine. After a journey of about 19 hours we arrive in the evening of the next day. It is already dark when we drive to...

Travel blog Raymond, Denise and Rileigh

We arrived in Lovina on Monday, the location of Rileigh Tyrrell’s sponsored child, Arystia (age 15). This time, we met at the family home. We were briefed by Raymond’s Uncle Tjeerd that her father had died of cancer last year and the father’s family had basically...

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