InterContinental Bali Resort is proud to be associated with Bali Life Foundation, a non-profit organisation with the vision to provide hope, dignity, and purpose to unprivileged people; especially to children who have been orphaned, abandoned, or rejected. This is done by providing basic needs, by teaching good morals and values, by providing training, and giving skills for the future.
For the last few years, InterContinental Bali Resort has been actively involved in supporting Bali Life’s community activities and projects as well as providing training, work experience and opportunities at the Resort.
Launched in February of this year, the IHG® Foundation helps to build stronger, healthier, more prosperous communities by teaching people hospitality skills, providing disaster relief, protecting the environment and supporting community project around the globe.
As this year marks the global 70th anniversary of the InterContinental brand, the IHG® Foundation has donated USD $70,000 to various charities around the globe who are working in partnership with various InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. The Bali Life Foundation has been selected as one of these charities.
Bali Life Foundation’s latest project is the ‘Suwung Community Project and Training Centre’ or ‘Bali Life Dump School’, an innovation that uses a multi-focused holistic approach to address the issues of disadvantaged and impoverished children and women currently occupied in earning an income by sorting through trash at Bali’s biggest official tip, which is located at Suwung, Kuta. These scavenger women and children all have their own dreams and aspirations just like anyone else, yet building a future beyond the dump is a life ambition that would be hard to attain without the help of the Foundation and InterContinental Bali Resort.
Bali Life’s Suwung Community Project and Training Centre is developing training workshops designed to help the women and children gain life skills that will not only benefit them and their families but will also empower them to become valuable and successful members of society. The vocational subjects that have been selected are English, computer skills, cookery, hospitality, farming, music, dance, arts & crafts, and sports. Where possible, local volunteers are engaged to deliver these workshops. InterContinental Bali Resort will be taking on the children, in batches of two at a time, and putting them through the Resort’s in-house cooking and hospitality training course. The Resort’s IHG Foundation (UK) Trust has provided a US$17,000 grant for the setting up of the Suwung Community Training Centre and the development of the workshops.
The goal of the project is to enable the children to have access to a free education, while giving their mothers the opportunity to earn an additional income.
Bali Life Foundation recently expressed its deep appreciation for the Resort’s IHG Foundation (UK) Trust’s generous contribution with the following words, “Working with these beautiful children and watching them grow in confidence, happiness and maturity is an incredible privilege. Encouraging and empowering these women through words, skills and work, and seeing them happy and looking at things in different way, makes us so blessed. This privilege wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the generosity of people like yourselves, and for that we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”