Bali WISE program continues to emphasize its growth and effectiveness. Success of the Bali WISE program is measured by the success of the Bali WISE graduates. The expecting outcomes are: The training program met the student’s needs; graduates are economically empowered; the number of students’ enrollment, completion of the training and job placement rate. All is shown in the table below:
One of the lessons learned, as the BaliWISE program has evolved, is that it is more effective to rely on local education partners, tourism businesses, and specialists in order to have a well-rounded training program. As the program becomes better known, a number of hospitality businesses have expressed an interest in becoming education partners in providing three-months vocational trainings. To date, our current partnership includes 12 hospitality providers;
- The Bale Hotel
- Courtyard by Marriott, Nusa Dua
- Banyan Tree, Ungasan
- Peppers Hotel, Seminyak
- Buffalo Tours and Travel
- Surfer Girl Retail
- Amanusa Villa
- Alila Villas Uluwatu
- Ayana Resort and Spa
- Sheraton, Kuta
- BaliBISA Spa Academy
- Destination Asia Tours and Travel
In addition to the Bali WISE education partners of the hospitality sector, specialist consultants are regularly invited to provide our students with knowledge and information that are related to women’s health and rights, safety training and personal financial management. The workshops are delivered through presentations, role plays, case studies and practices during the first semester.
- To raise awareness on women’s health and safe sex, a workshop was delivered by the AIDS Prevention Committee for first and second semester students. A question and answer session was held for students to ask questions related to HIV/Aids. As a follow-up awareness activity from the HIV workshop, Bali WISE students and staff did HIV tests through the local health service. This gave the girls a personal understanding of the importance of detection and prevention of the HI Virus.
- As an addition to hospitality skills, a gender equality workshop was delivered by Bali Sruti Foundation, an NGO that works for woman’s rights, gender equality and child protection. During the workshop, the students were asked to analize the physical and psychological difference between male and female. This helped students understand their rights in society and within their own family where, unfortunately, male children are prioritized. Through this workshop, Bali Sruti encouraged the students to fight for women’s rights and for equality through education. To have self-confidence, job skills and a stable job will help them to walk away from an unhealthy relationship/marriage without fear of financial securities. Family planning, the rights of women in a marriage, and the rights of children was also included in the workshop topics.
As part of our program in reaching out to other islands, recruitment visits were made to Flores, Java and Nusa Penida during the second year EMpower reporting period. This year, two local NGOs from Sulawesi paid a visit to ROLE Foundation to learn about ROLE’s education and environmental programs. This opens an opportunity for further collaboration and recruitment of disadvantaged young women from Sulawesi.
Additionally, our recruitment officer was putting emphasis on the most effective ways of recruitment strategies. In 2017, a total of 120 students successfully passed the screening process and have enrolled in the Bali WISE program. Detailed student recruitment information can be seen below:
Student Activities – Community Outreach
Students were directly involved in the community outreach program to give back to the communities. During this reporting period, students were involved in several activities:
- River Clean-Up Activity
Bali WISE students were involved in the Denpasar river clean-up activity initiated by Coca Cola Amatil Indonesia. Bali WISE students along with other participants were cleaning the Badung river and its near-by areas. Supported by the local government, this activity has proven to help raise an awareness among local people in reducing the issue of waste as well to keep the environment sustainable.
- Bali WISE students were invited to join the Community Exhibition Bali’s Big Eco Weekend 2017 presented by Coca Cola and Quiksilver.
The exhibition was for 10 chosen communities who have contributed toward social and environmental issues. ROLE Foundation was given a space to display and demonstrate its programs: the process of soap recycling and the seedballs to give participants a better picture of what ROLE Foundation is doing in order to save the environment. The Bali Big Eco Weekend was a big success in raising awareness. Another part of the activities was a beach clean-up along the Seminyak beach, followed by the release of baby sea turtles. It was such a fun and educative event that raised awareness among people to start acting to save the planet.
- Bali WISE Student as Role Model for other Marginalized Women
One of the Bali WISE students, Serli, took an initiative to visit her former school to meet her teachers during the weekend off . On her visit, Serli took recruitment flyers and soaps which she distributed to other students and shared the information about the program and her experience at Bali WISE. The meeting with students turned into a small conference where many of them were asking questions and showed interest in joining the program. Soon after the visit, our Bali WISE recruitment officer received an official invitation from the school to provide more information about the program at their school’s annual event. Serli’s successful story about her having received an employment 2 weeks prior to her graduation that was also posted on Facebook, has inspired and attracted more people from her school, village and families to join the program.
- Natural Disaster
More than 10.000 people in Karangasem regency have been evacuated to leave their home due to the possible eruption of mount Agung Volcano. According to the Guardian News, the Department of Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics said there had been a “tremendous increase” in seismic activity at the mountain, indicating a greater probability of an eruption. Responding to this event, Bali WISE students took part in helping the communities by giving some of their second hand clothes. They produced 2000 bars of recycled soap, donated part of their monthly stipend and group saving and raised funds to distribute to our NGO partners such as: East Bali Poverty Project and Carolia Foundation that are directly affected by this event. Donations have also been distributed to the affected home villages of the Bali WISE students’ families.
Beach Training – Coca Cola Beach Cleaner Crew
Beach training was held in Kedonganan, Jimbaran, Kuta, Legian and Seminyak beach. Pak Ketut, our environmental trainer, along with Pak Wayan, Coca Cola Beach Cleaner Crew Supervisor, delivered the training material that is focused on waste management and environmental protection. During the past 12 months, the following topics below were delivered to the beach crew:
The Social Business Development of the Bukit Weaver Association has been re-activated. To date, we have 20 retail customers in total around Bali, with an average revenue of IDR 8.000.000 per month. Our sales team is currently putting more emphasis on finding more retail customers to increase the sales and revenues.
S.O.A.P Recycling Program
This year, ROLE Foundation has exceeded its target of collecting 1,14 tons of used soaps and produced 11.252 soaps which we distributed to 104 orphanages and local communities in Bali. Big thank you to our major sponsor, Warisan Eurindo, and partners: Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort, Alila Villas Uluwatu, The Bale Hotel, IZE Hotel Seminyak, The Amala Hotel Seminyak, The Menjangan West Bali National Park Resort, The Samata Hotel Sanur, The Santai Villa Umalas, Four Seasons Resort Sayan, Four Seasons Jimbaran, Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak Resort, The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Bulgari Resort Bali, The St.Regis Bali Resort, Four Points by Sheraton Bali, Seminyak, Amanusa Resort, Peppers Seminyak Resort, Ayodya Resort Bali.
- Stability of the staff and competence of getting the job done has become one of Role’s challenges. To develop a professional management team, a learning program will be designed using a variety of ‘tools’ that the staff can employ. One approach will be similar to a book club, where staff members are given a book on different aspects of management. Trial of this learning club was done recently. Facilitated by our HR staff, each member had an opportunity to share the information they received according to the book they read. Staff members were actively involved in the discussion and sharing their experience or information related to the topic discussed. The learning took place outside the Role office that gives a better and fresh environment. Small games were included in the activity to make the activity more fun.
- A challenge is always to assure that Bali WISE students have the skills needed to help them finding employment in the hospitality sector. One weak point noted was insufficient learning for the vocational or second semester students during their practical training. The education team has created and introduced extra discipline through extra training, study and examination.