10 Bali Charities to Take Part in

Good Causes to Give Back to in Bali

Here are great Bali charities to take part in; great ways for you to give back while enjoying your holiday on the island. Behind Bali’s face of luxury resorts and fantastic beaches, there are communities in remote areas in need of support, underprivileged and disadvantaged people that could use a helping hand, and various efforts deserving attention. Here’s your chance to do a good deed and contribute to responsible tourism in Bali.

These 10 Bali charities are a good starting point. Several social foundations focus on the handicapped, others on children’s education and eradication of poverty. Others deal with animal welfare such as the rehabilitation of the Bali street dog. You can get to know more about living dinosaurs (seaturtles) and join a hatchling release. Sharks can also be fun too! Here are all the great things you can do in Bali, all for a good cause.

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The John Fawcett Foundation (Bali Eye)

With assistance from Rotary Australia and Rotary International, humanitarian John Fawcett first established a cleft lip and palate effort in 1989 and a mobile clinic for cataract surgery two years later. Now it is best known for the latter, restoring sight to countless needy Balinese through free corrective surgeryand prosthetic eye projects. You can also help the blind to see by donating or purchasing a beautiful Bali photograph book that shows you what the less fortunate are missing out on.

  • Location: Jalan Pengembak 16, Blanjong, Sanur
  • Tel: +62 (0)361 270 812
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Yayasan Kemanusiaan Ibu Pertiwi (YKIP)

Its name translates as the ‘Mother Earth Humanitarian Foundation’ and commits to improving the lives of impoverished communities in Bali through comprehensive educational opportunities. YKIP prioritises local children from economically disadvantaged families, orphans, victims of natural disaster, and those who are disabled but attending regular school. They carry out various scholarship programmes as part of their mission. You can support by donating or volunteer teaching kids.

  • Location: Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, Gang Mina Utama No.1, Suwung, Denpasar
  • Tel: +62 (0)361 937 804 7
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Yayasan Kasih Peduli Anak (YKPA)

This non-profit foundation focuses on local children’s welfare, providing a caring shelter and an education outreach for street kids. It also works on raising AIDS awareness, sexual abuse prevention and child abuse prevention. They have a special shelter for teen girls and young women seeking emergency care and short-term assistance. Donations are welcome, and you can appreciate the kids’ creativity by buying a cute crafted doll or souvenir at their gift shop.

  • Location: Jalan Gunung Payung no. 23, Banjar Umadui, Denpasar
  • Tel: +62 (0)361 803 732 2
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Bali Kids Foundation (Yayasan Anak Anak Bali)

Bali Kids was established in April 2005 as a centre for any children registered in Bali’s orphanages seeking medical attentionand as a place where they could find quality medical care and love. It also provides free care for local village children from disadvantaged families. It operates a weekly mobile medical service and treats hundreds of children each month, as well as educating management and staff of various orphanages on health and hygiene andchild abuse.

  • Location: Jalan Raya Cica, Banjar Cica, Abian Base, Mengwi, Badung
  • Tel: +62 (0)361 928 8831
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Yayasan Senyum Bali (Smile Foundation)

This independent organisation, founded in 2005, focuses on health assistance to people with craniofacial disabilities, such as cleft lip and palate as well as tumours, traumas and rare syndromes. It also establishes partnerships with other organisations to assist disadvantaged patients for transfers between their homes and hospitals, and even has its own patient house in Denpasar. When necessary, the foundation will also arrange for legal documents and flights for patients to be flown to the Australian Cranio-facial Unit in Adelaide for emergency surgeries. You can help through donation of cash or essential goods, or a purchase from their gift shop.

  • Location: Jalan Pulau Aru No.9, Sanglah, Denpasar
  • Tel: +62 (0)361 233 758
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Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA)

Founded in 2007, the Bali Animal Welfare Association is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of animals, with efforts to alleviating animal suffering and overpopulation through medical care and spaying/neutering. They even roll out street-feeding and adoption, as well as educating communities about animal welfare. They are in close collaboration with the Bali Street Dog Fund, an Australian non-profit dedicated to the welfare of cats and dogs on the island through veterinary care and raising awareness.

  • Location: Jl Raya Lodtunduh, Banjar Kelingkung, Desa Lodtunduh
  • Tel: +62 (0)361 981 490
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Bali Sea Turtle Society (BSTS)

The Bali Sea Turtle Society has been around since 2011 and focuses on the protection of sea turtles, working to get the local community as well as visitors the island involved in the protection of these living dinosaurs. Various projects - such as the wonderful conservation and hatchling nursery site at the Kuta Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Centre - frequently holds turtle hatchling releases where you can join in for free. You can donate or purchase a documentary DVD, "A Journey Back to the Sea" for only IDR 100,000, of which all proceeds go to the conservation efforts.

  • Location: Kuta Beach, Kuta
  • Tel: +62 (0)361 8040088
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Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF)

Founded in 1997 by Balinese ornithologist Dr Bayu Wirayudha, FNPF works to protect wildlife, restore habitats, and improve the wellbeing of local communities through projects covering national forests in Kalimantan, Bali’s Mount Batukaru and the island of Nusa Penida. The latter is where Dr Wirayudha and his team successfully bred the endemic Bali Starling, saving it endangered status. You can join in on their eco tours, purchase merchandise with proceeds going back to fund their programmes, simply donate or volunteer at their exciting conservation sites.

  • Location: Jalan Bisma No. 3, Ubud
  • Tel: +62 (0)828 972 096 33
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Bali Sharks (Serangan Shark Project)

Started as the Serangan Shark Project, Bali Sharks offers visitors to the island a rare chance to safely swim in a shark nursery off Serangan Island with over a dozen black tip reef sharks. Founded by Hawaii-grown surfer Paul Friese, a conservationist committed to these apex predators, the project raises awareness of shark conservation and successfully changed the mindset of the local fishing community against shark capturing and finning. In collaboration with the Gili Eco Trust, it has released numerous rehabilitated sharks around the waters of the Gili Islands. Island and shark swim tours, merchandise and book sales go to the funding of the on-going efforts.

  • Location: Agus Bar & Restaurant, Serangan Island, Denpasar
  • Tel: +62 (0)361 996 510 1
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East Bali Poverty Project

East Bali is an arid region, where water is scarce and some villagers live in poverty, with poor sanitation, schools and health facilities. The non-profit East Bali Poverty Project, founded in 1998, set out to help these communities through educational initiatives, sustainable agriculture, nutrition improvement and health awareness programmes. It has seen good progress over the years, earning its founder - David J. Booth - an MBE for his hands-on services in developing the region. You can get involved through volunteering, donations or fundraising.

  • Location: Jalan Tunjung Sari No.2, Padang Sambian Kaja, Denpasar
  • Tel: +62 (0)361 410 071
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