Maria Magdalena Ngurah No is from Flores, Eastern Indonesia. Her father works as a farmer earning less than $100 USD per month. Her parents work hard to ensure Maria and her six siblings can get an education. Maria graduated from high school and majored in English. She chose the language program because she knew that being able to communicate in English would help her to find a job. When she was in high school, she won a competition and received a scholarship from the government which helped her recieve her high school diploma. A few months before she graduated, she heard about Bali WISE program from the recruitment officer who came and visited her school in Flores in October 2016. Thinking this would be a great opportunity for her, with the support of her family she decided to join the Bali WISE program. In July 2017, Maria started her education at Bali WISE. This was her first time of being away from her family but with the determination and motivation she went through the process at the Bali WISE and hoped that after she graduates she will have a good job so she can support her family and finance her sibling’s education. During her time at Bali WISE, Maria often was a mentor to her other friends by helping them study English. During the first semester, Maria found her passion for cooking and decided to join the 3 month internship at the Ayana Resort and Spa in the Culinary Department. Maria gained a lot of experiences during her internship. Back in her hometown she was only used to cook using the wood fire, but since she joined the training she learned how to use kitchen equipment such as: oven, griddle, deep fryer, meat slicer, and food processor which she had never seen in her life before. Apart from that she also learned how to prepare food for the guests. During her internship, she was known to be a disciplined and hard worker with a positive attitude. Before she completed her training, she received an employment offer from the education partner to work at the Ayana Resort in Komodo, Flores as a cook. Maria is currently joining the 3 month staff training at the Ayana Resort and Spa in Jimbaran, Bali and will be placed in Ayana Komodo, Flores in August 2018.
Sisi Aulina Suhati, she was born and raised in Bogor, West Java. her father is a laborer who earns less than $100 USD per month. Her mother passed away four years ago. Sisi has five siblings and one stepbrother. After graduating from high school, she worked as a cake decorator at Domino Cake in West Java. The salary that she received was not enough to pay for her brother’s school. Her father’s health condition was not stable, so she felt responsible to take care of the family and ensure that there is always food on the table. She then began to think About getting a better job, but with the limited skills she has, it was difficult for her to find a better one. Sisi found Bali WISE through the site. She applied and joined the program in July 2017 to strengthen her culinary skills. After she completed her first semester, Sisi enrolled in a 3 month long internship in a pastry department. With the professional training that was provided by the AYANA Resort and Spa Bali, she improved her skills and self confidence. Soon after she graduated from the Bali WISE program and after she went through a screening process, interviews and tests, she was hired as a cake decorator in one of the most successful bakeries in London, earning IDR 20 million per month.
On Thursday, June 28, 2018, Bali WISE staff and students had the special event to recall. The students intake 36 held the Art Performance Show at Bali WISE Campus. They were divided into 5 groups who brought their own performances. The theme was Strong Woman and Creativity. Each group showed the some types of performance such as singing, dancing and acting. They were shown in the traditional and modern ways. It focused on how they delivered the message to be strong women and stay creative on any things they do. Besides, they also brought the reminder to love the tradition in arts. Both the students and audiences enjoyed the show. The big applause was brought up to all the groups with their spirit and wide creativity in performing it. Great job girls!
Fathia is eighteen-years-old, originally from South Kalimantan. Her mother is a bread seller in the neighborhood and earns less than one million rupiah in a month. At the moment, her mother is the only one who works and provides the living for the family. Her father is no longer working because he is 70 years old and cannot be as productive as before. Her family is in desperate need of her economic support. She used to sell homemade snacks when she was in high school to help her mother’s financial condition. She would wake up at three in the morning to prepare the snacks for the selling. She is very interested in hospitality and when she found information about Bali WISE program, her passion and hope arose. She wants to study hospitality in greater depth and to get better job and provide for her family’s needs.
Grace is seventeen years old is originally from Medan. She is the second child of three siblings. She lives only with her little sister and her mother. Her father passed away in December of 2017 due to health issue, which makes her mother the only one provider for the family. She makes approximately one million rupiah per month. To ensure that family’s needs are met, her older sister who is a former student Bali WISE decided to work in Bali and support her family. Her mother works as a housemaid in their relative’s house. She has been struggling to pay Grace’s school fees. She cannot get her school completion certificate yet because she still has some outstanding fees to pay. Grace does not let that diminish her determination to study and get a job to help her mother. She is inspired by her older sister’s example because she graduated from Bali WISE and now has a good job. She was brave enough to leave her comfort zone and try hard to get a good job. Grace hopes to be as determine as her sister so she can alleviate her mother’s economic struggles and get a job her father would be proud of.