The mission of the WINS Project USA, Inc. is to provide educational opportunities for the poor children of Bali who otherwise would be unable to attend school.
Why the Children Need Your Help
Many Balinese children come from very poor families who earn barely enough for food and shelter. Education is not free and going to school is often not an option for these children. Without an education, these children will likely be stuck in poverty. We are determined to give the pour children of Bali the opportunity to rise above their poverty and live up to their full potential.
Who We Are
WINS is an acronym for the Dutch phrase “Weeskinderen Indonesië naar School.” It translates loosely into English as “Education for the Children of Indonesia.” The WINS Project was started in 2004 by Gill Rijnenberg from the Netherlands and Ketut Sadia from Bali.
The WINS Project USA, Inc. coordinates all activities for The WINS Project in North America. These include fundraising, child sponsorships and volunteer coordination. The WINS Project is currently comprised of The WINS Project USA, Inc., Stichting WINS (WINS Foundation) in the Netherlands, The WINS Project Australia, L’association WINS France and Yayasan WINS Indonesia (Currently Yayasan Widya Guna).
What We Do
In addition to funding the education primarily through child sponsorships, The WINS Project provides supplemental classes at WINS Learning Centers throughout Bali. Some of these centers are operated directly by The WINS Project and others in cooperation with other nonprofit organizations. They are, however, all managed by local Balinese.
We offer English classes since Balinese economy is heavily dependent on tourism, and a working knowledge of English is vital. Computer skills are also taught which provides the children the opportunity to explore the world via the internet as well as corresponding with their sponsors via email.
In addition, the girls learn the traditional Balinese dances and the boys learn to play the Gamelan since Bali has a unique culture, and it is important to keep that culture part of the everyday lives of the Balinese children.