Westerlaken foundation

W E S T E R L A K E N
F O U N D A T I O N


Y A Y A S A N
B A L I  B E R S I H
  
ᬬᬬᬲᬦ᭄​ᬩᬮᬶ​ᬩᭂᬃᬲᬶᬄ

STOP ORPHANAGES

As foundation we condemn orphanage volunteerism and orphanage tourism. Child Welfare Institutions in Bali are first of all not ‘orphanages’ as places were children live that have no parents. Those institutes are proving mainly schooling for children within programs. Many so-called orphanages in Bali have other motives such as personal gain or the spread of (another) religion. Many Western organizations are helping to fund those institutions, but also many individuals think they are doing good by doing volunteer work or internships within these so-called orphanages. Our research has showed that 76% of the children in Child Welfare Institutions are having both parents alive, whereas 92% of the children still have 1 parent alive. Totally against the law children are living in vulnerable situations in orphanages for the sake of receiving education. The law provides that these orphanages should stop recruiting in poor villages and instead have to set up programs for economic welfare of the parents. 

As foreigner / local there is no reason whatsoever to do volunteer work or internships within orphanages. Your help is not needed and you only provide opportunities for corruption and abuse. Cases of mental, physical and sexual abuse are apparent in orphanages. Many pedophiles are visiting orphanages and are not properly screened due to the massive influx of people coming to orphanages. 

If you want to help Balinese / Indonesian children, look for programs that are making sure that children can stay in their home environment, that children can receive education and that are not providing institutional care based on receiving education.

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THE IMPACT OF ORPHANAGE TOURISM ON BALI

In June 2021 the article The Impact of Orphanage Tourism on Bali, written by the founder of Westerlaken foundation, was published in the 'Research in Hospitality Management' journal. 

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THE CHANGE IN PERCEPTION OF SUBMITTING CHILDREN TO CHILD WELFARE INSITUTIONS IN DENPASAR CITY

In 2020 the foundation published the report THE CHANGE IN PERCEPTION OF SUBMITTING CHILDREN TO CHILD WELFARE INSTITUTIONS IN DENPASAR CITY (ISBN 978-623-94046-0-4 (PDF)).

TRUSTED CHILD WELFARE ORGANISATIONS 

As trusted Child Welfare Institution we kindly refer to Bali Kids and Jodie O'Shea House / Yayasan Cinta Kasih Anak

Any harmful situation seen by us will be reported to the police and governmental organisations. 

We advise Better Care Network, The Netherlands and are part of the Family Power workgroup

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REPORT HARMFUL SITUATIONS

Report any harmful situation (if needed anonymous) regarding human and children rights by using the field on the right. 

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CAMPAIGN

Westerlaken foundation / Yayasan Bali Bersih actively campaigns against orphanage tourism / hug-an-orphan travelling. Feel free to use and spread the message! 

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Save the Children

SAVE THE CHILDREN REPORT FAMILY BASED CARE

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ITS TIME FOR CARE
REPORT BY BETTER CARE NETWORK AND UNICEF

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MINISTERIAL REGULATION ON FOSTER CARE
BAHASA INDONESIA ONLY

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GOVERNMENT REGULATION ON GUARDIANSHIP
BAHASA INDONESIA ONLY

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GOVERNMENT REGULATION CONCERNING CHILDCARE IMPLEMENTATION
BAHASA INDONESIA ONLY

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NATIONAL STANDARD FOR CHILD WELFARE INSTITUTIONS INDONESIA  

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NATIONAL STANDARD FOR CHILD WELFARE INSTITUTIONS INDONESIA
BAHASA INDONESIA  

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SOMEONE THAT MATTERS REPORT BY SAVE THE CHILDREN I UNICEF I DEPSOS  

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LAWS OF REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA ON
CHILD PROTECTION

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AMENDMENTS TO THE LAW ON
CHILD PROTECTION
BAHASA INDONESIA ONLY

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LAWS OF REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA ON
HUMAN TRAFFICKING

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ENGLISH SUMMARY REPORT ORPHANAGE TOURISM BY DUTCH GOVERNMENT