Empowering marginalized women through skills education, as a means to develop sustainable communities in Indonesia.
Empower a Women | Educate a Family | Build a Sustainable Community
Unskilled women get pregnant earlier and have more children than their educated peers, continuing the poverty cycle and also producing more orphaned children.Unskilled women face a gender bias, with most families prioritizing their boys to go to school, if they have limited resources.
In some religions women have no rights to any family assets and go to their husband’s village upon marriage. If they try to separate from their husband, the original family will not take them back, leaving them with nothing to live on.
Unskilled women are open to manipulation, such as prostitution, trafficking, and slave labor.
An unskilled woman will earn around USD 70 per month, compared to approximately USD 200 if skilled. (Unskilled men usually earn around USD 150.)
Financially challenged women are expected to give most of their salary back to their poor families, leaving little for their future development and livelihood.
Indonesian women, in particular, are affected by the need to continue with their cultural duties versus the increasing need to contribute economically.
Approximately more than 12 million women are illiterate and unskilled in Indonesia. The private sector still plays a very small role in poverty alleviation, women health and family planning; only very few businesses assist voluntarily and have sustainability as part of their D.N.A.
How you can Assist
Bali WISE removes the barriers preventing disadvantaged Indonesian women to access further education and secure work. With a six-months intensive course providing free education in English, Bahasa Indonesia, IT, hospitality and business skills, it has helped placing more than 800 women in gainful employment since 2012, and will train 120 disadvantaged women this year.
The program focuses on business and vocational skills, especially for the hospitality sector. Partnerships with hotels and companies provide on-site work experience. There is a high demand for graduates, with more than 87% finding full-time employment within three months.
Besides this six-months Skills Education course, Bali WISE provides an allowance of USD 50 per month, so students can send money home, accommodation, 3 meals per day, uniforms, and educational resources.
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Sponsor a whole six-month Skills Education Program for one (or more) Bali WISE student to provide them with the necessary training they need to find a quality employment!
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Exchange for Change Tour
This interactive “Exchange for Change” Tour gives you a cultural exchange while getting to know a few of our fine young women students from a marginalized background.