A sustainable social plan for children with an impairment
Start: August 2018, Lovina, northern Bali
We, the board of the Creative Heart foundation, have been busy establishing a Creative Educational Centre in northern Bali where impaired children between the ages of 8 to 21 can follow (intense) creative education. The foundation was brought to life for this goal. We researched if creative education would be received positively by the target group, as well as what the potential effect would be. Since its inception in 2013, the foundation has organized several creative projects in shelters in Indonesia – all to good result.
In October 2018, Dewi (founder / chairman) will climb the Kilimanjaro as a fundraising for the continuity of the Creative Educational Center. Watch the video here.
In augustus 2018 gaan wij starten met het Creatief Educatief Centrum in Lovina, Noord-Bali, Indonesië voor de kinderen met een beperking. In oktober 2018 gaat Dewi, oprichtster van stichting Creatief Hart, de Kilimanjaro beklimmen als inzamelingsactie voor de continuïteit van dit sociale ontwikkelingsproject. Wil je na het zien van dit promo filmpje meer weten? Volg ons dan in de aanloop naar deze uitdagingen en blijf op de hoogte 😊. Lees meer op: http://stichtingcreatiefhart.nl/creatief-educatief-centrum/
Geplaatst door Stichting Creatief Hart op Zondag 29 juli 2018
It’s common for handicapped children in Indonesia to be excluded from society. You barely see physically-impaired children on the streets. Parents are often ashamed and struggle with the feeling that their child has nothing to offer for the household, or can help with family care. Lots of handicapped children need surgery or aides to help with their daily lives – things their parents often cannot afford. It’s common for parents to be working the whole day, leaving little time to care for a special-needs child. Generally speaking roads, sidewalks and streets are not accessible to handicapped people. In our opinion, the Indonesia government doesn’t do enough to facilitate the disabled with handicapped-friendly provisions. Support for handicapped children often comes from private initiatives – not governmental ones.
In Indonesia you’re already considered handicapped if you have a deformed arm, or can’t walk well. Some children are off worse, physically, or have a mental disability, down syndrome or other disabilities like being slow in learning. Naturally, this doesn’t mean these children can’t do anything. Creativity rests in every child. Can that be useful for the children themselves and society as a whole? Most definitely.
During our projects, kids showed progress in a variety of aspects when they approached them creatively. You don’t need scientific research or backing to come to these conclusions – observing them is enough. We’ve concluded that creative education has a positive effect on personal growth, finer motoric skills and all sorts of social skills.
We’ve done elaborate research to realize this sustainable project. We’re convinced that the foundation is ready to shape the plans for creative education.
Creative education and learning to generate personal income
We’re going to found a creative centre where children will learn to make handmade, sustainable things. They – or really, their parents – have no cost in this. We do want to stimulate parents to allow their children to partake in creative education. It’s a centre for children of varying age and learning ability. Children that can handle more, physically and/or mentally, will learn to make useful, sustainable objects and furniture.
We’ll create a shop in the front of the creative centre, meant especially for the children. There they’ll be able to sell the handmade objects themselves. They get to keep the income. This is how they’ll learn to be economically self-reliant. It’d be great if they learn to save money too. Younger children, or those on a lower mental level, will first learn the basic of creative work. They’ll take the time to grow in order to eventually reach the point where they too can sell their ware in the store.
We also want to teach them English in a playful way, among other lessons in social manners and skills. This will help bolster their sales skills and give them a push in the right direction. Especially for older children we find this a valuable combination, meant to increase their (employment) chances in Indonesian society.
We’re aware that some children suffer from forms of debilitation too severe to generate an income for themselves, or care for their family. Even so we welcome them with open arms. They too deserve a creative life and no matter how small, it will contribute to their wellbeing.
It will be an incredible project in which children from all around northern Bali will get a safe space for:
● Creative education: Drawing and painting, manual craft, textile craft, music and more
● Ergo,- and physiotherapy
● Learning to generate their own income in the store
● Interact with other children
● Gain educational and social manners, communication skills and increase their level of English
● Parents to meet peers, get together and be creative with the children
● Personal development
● Increase self-sufficiency and reliance
● Cognitive functioning, generate income
● Creative therapy
A financial contribution for this sustainable social project is of course very welcome!
Try out August 2018
In August 2018 we’ll procure a location to do lesson try-outs. We’ll start with one or two small groups of children. We’ll gradually increase the groups’ sizes.
For those who want to know more about this project, please read more.
The creative lessons will be taught in combination with ergotherapy, to increase body movement and finer-motoric skills. Ergotherapy is a paramedical discipline that aims to enable daily-necessary movement among people with disease or physical and/or mental impairment.
This ergotherapy is a complementary offering to the therapeutical centres already in the environment and can prove to be very valuable for the creative centre.
We want to grant these children the chance to be more self-reliant and have them buy their own food and drink, and even contribute for the family. In Bali it’s normal for everyone in the family to have a specific task. Disabled children are quickly swept aside in Indonesian society, thought to not be able to contribute.
For example: A child underwent surgery and didn’t receive enough tutelage during revalidation. We want to intervene with a plan so that this child doesn’t end up on the streets. We also want to show the parents what their children can do.
During our projects we’ve seen parents dumbfounded – they never expected a child with a physical disability to create something. We’ve also witnessed parents helping out with the lessons. During a crochet workshop for children we saw mothers join in, help and talk to each other.
There’s a high chance for parents to witness the value of creative education if they experience their children being able to generate their own income, and mean something to the family. This also sparks conversation among themselves and their environment. We also want to involve the district head. The local personnel of the creative centre can spread the positive effects of the creative centre to the municipality.
For the Netherlands: In this way we’re also creating an internship place for Dutch students in creative education that want to go abroad. Think of creative therapy, music art and more. At the same time, physio,- and ergotherapy and international project management would be welcomed. It will also be a place for volunteers to gain experience or endeavor in social activities.
● Place for social interaction
● Support group for parents
Option for internal stay
We want to create a pleasant, inspiring place for children with a physical or mental disability, where they can learn to express their creative skills. In other projects we’ve found it’s not always possible for children to be dropped off and picked up by parents. We can’t always pick up the children ourselves, either because they live too far away or because their location isn’t accessible enough by roads. We want to learn from this situation. We strive for every child to live at home – we don’t want to create a children’s home. We will host sleeping facilities that children can make use of for several days, should they wish. Use of these facilities will also depend on their circumstances and home situation.
Sometimes it’s nice for parents that have worked all day to not care for their special-needs child. At the same time it’s undesirable that they are left to their own fate. We can also facilitate children from far off, or rural areas, so they don’t have to be picked up or dropped off every day. Think of children in mountainy areas that do nothing all day. Their parents are at work all day and their special-needs children receive too little attention or interaction from their parents and other children. By offering sleeping facilities we give these children a low-entry barrier to creative education.
We can offer children lessons on a weekly base. If there are children who want more intense creative lessons they could also choose to stay in the creative centre for a determined amount of time.
Then there’s the children who also require revalidation or therapy. Close to the creative centre are several revalidation centres and other places they can turn to, but if there are no sleeping facilities for the children that do need it – especially after surgery – the creative centre can jump in. They can immediately join in on the creative lessons.
In short, we want to offer enough accessible space for children with a physical impairment that can join in weekly, in a scheduled manner, and stay at the creative centre.
● Lowering barriers
Choice of location
In the north of Bali is Lovina, down by the beach. In and around Lovina are multiple foundations that help disadvantaged children with a physical or mental disability. These foundations do incredible work, but none of them structurally offer creative education. That’s why the creative centre would be complementary to what is already there. There are also children that are greatly behind on learning. They would receive education in a (special) primary school, but we want to increase their level to match their goals and offer them the chance for increased development. Creative education helps.
We hope to form a collaboration with nearby foundations, which is why the location for the creative centre is advantageous. Through this, the foundations’ goals can be an extension of previously-existing goals.
Another bonus is that northern Bali is an attractive location for rent. It’s less expensive than the south (Kuta, Ubud, etc.). Because it’s more spacious, receiving a construction permit is also easier.
● Collaboration with other foundations
● Lowering barriers
In September 017 we met Kadekkie, of PT. DUMUARA INT’L GROUP. This project developer is helping us found the creative centre and is offering one of his premises, in a perfect location. In this location Kadekkie will build an annex of material. We will thus be expanding in phases. August 2018 will see phase one, where we make use of the already built location.
Kadekkie wants to be involved in this project. Between 1998 and 2004 he was sponsored by a Dutch couple, granting him the opportunity to study at university. The Dutch couple have been living with Kadekkie and his family on a compound not far from the creative centre. ‘This is my way of giving back’ said Kadekkie.
We’re holding accounts with accessibility and reachability, and also the location of other foundations that we can collaborate with. Naturally the building is handicapped-friendly and safe for children. We’ve made a functional layout because the building needs multiple facilities housed in one.
Why aren’t creative lessons being given in shelters and schools? In short:
● Lack of space for creative programs. Locations where we’ve had projects had insufficient space to accomplish our goals
● We want to maintain control and house all creative education under one roof, also to benefit continuity. Look at it as a form of art academy, but for children with a disability.
We’re also taking an environmentally-friendly approach in the construction of the building, but also in giving the creative lessons. We will be recycling plastic, rubber, paper and more.
● Collaboration with other foundations (create synergy)
● Total-package of education for disabled children
● Independence from other schools and foundations
Increasing social support
It’s not our first priority, but in the future we want to offer more broad (international) support and create name recognition. The part below also concerns cost-coverage for when the creative centre is actually there.
We want to create a work-meet place where all manner of Freelancers from all over the world can have their own space to work. A co-working office for online-freelancers from all over the world. People who chose to work without borders, without having their own location. We see more and more co-working spaces exist. It’s not the same as sitting in a cafe with a laptop. It’s a fast-growing community with a multitude of Facebook groups consisting of ‘digital nomads’ from all over the world, sharing their experiences. Bali is an attractive place for digital freelancers. We want to offer digital freelancers workspace in the creative centre – with the goal of having these skilled freelancers contributing to the foundation’s goals. Online freelancers are present in all sectors, but there are especially a lot of translators, marketeers, editors, web designers etc. We need these people for our project’s continuity.
They can contribute by supporting our marketing and promotion worldwide, and collaborate on topics such as sustainability and raising awareness in relation to our goals. There are plenty that have the skills to support us.
These online freelancers can contribute to the foundation in a different way than direct creative education. We have to screen many volunteers and interns; because this isn’t feasible for people from all over the world we can’t offer online freelancers a space in giving creative education itself. Where they come in is a contribution to running the company, raising brand awareness and contribute to creating more support.
Through this we can generate more income for the creative centre, since the online freelancer will also have to pay for the use of workspace or potentially the guest-housing (see below). This source of income will not be seen as profit; it’s meant to relieve costs on the building’s maintenance.
The kids can also try to sell their craftwork to the online freelancers as souvenirs or usable object. For them another source of income.
However, this idea is part of the final phase for the creative centre.
Guest housing – cost coverage
The creative centre also offers two large dormitories that can be rented out to guests, volunteers and interns. The income generated through this will be used to cover the foundation’s costs in executing its mission. Every volunteer, intern or other guest will pay a (symbolic) financial amount for their stay. We hope to generate enthusiasm among volunteers and interns by keeping the amount symbolic.
Older children with physical disability, but good cognitive functioning, can also help in the creative centre or the guest housing. For this they’ll receive competitive remuneration. They can help with activities such as noting down guests, helping out with administration, cooking, preparing breakfast and more. Salaries will be standardized and just.
● Increasing brand recognition on an international level
● Generate income and cover costs
The creative centre offers workspace for local personnel. This benefits employment opportunities in Lovina. We will be responsible in the treatment of personnel and request advice from relevant companies in this matter. Not because we don’t know how to deal with personnel, but because we want to show the outside world how to be a responsible foundation with an honest manner of business. We want to offer children with a disability the chance to develop and show the outside world that they, in spite of their disability, are relevant and can contribute to the Indonesian economy and society. The creative centre will be of high societal value within the Northern-Balinese community.
You can follow us on our website and social media and see everything that’s happening in the creative centre. We currently use Facebook and soon plan to use Instagram and LinkedIn
We need financing to be able to start. This is why we embrace the try-out opportunity. In August 2018 we’ll start and the creative centre will be built up in phases. The coming period we will be intensely active in procuring funds for the continuity of the creative centre. The yearly pan and full financial accounting will always be present on our website, according to ANBI rules. We are transparent with all funds coming in and going out. On the sponsor and donation page we will name the people and companies that have donated.
We realise that a large amount of money is required to start. Not just an initial amount, but also a continuous cash flow is necessary. Every amount we receive is necessary. We procure funds with other organizations, corporations, governments and foundations. Every donator (company, foundation or person) can opt to show why a donation has been made. The donation will then be put to use expressly for that purpose. Financial year reports will clearly show what donations have been used for. If requested we can offer the donator a separate financial statement.
We have recurring donators and organize fundraisers ourselves. From half-marathons to climbing the Mount Everest Basecamp and the upcoming challenge, climbing the Kilimanjaro in October 2018. Naturally you can sponsor the Kilimanjaro charity-challenge.
We have found Indonesians that are prepared to support us through free help or construction at lower tariffs. When we are further along the project and name recognition has been increased in northern Bali, we’ll aim for sustainable relationships and networks in order to also procure finances from Indonesia itself.