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The foundation strongly condemns the practice of orphanage volunteerism and orphanage tourism. It is important to clarify that Child Welfare Institutions in Bali are not traditional "orphanages" where children without parents reside. These institutions primarily focus on providing education within structured programs. Unfortunately, many so-called orphanages in Bali operate with alternative motives, such as personal gain or religious agendas. While Western organizations often provide funding to these institutions, individuals may unknowingly contribute to the problem by engaging in volunteer work or internships. Our research reveals that 76% of children in these institutions have both parents alive, and 92% still have at least one living parent. It is a violation of the law for children to be placed in vulnerable situations within orphanages solely for educational purposes. Instead, the law mandates that orphanages cease recruiting from impoverished villages and instead establish programs aimed at improving the economic well-being of parents.
Whether you are a foreigner or a local resident, there is no valid reason to engage in volunteer work or internships within orphanages. Your assistance is unnecessary and can inadvertently facilitate corruption and abuse. Numerous cases of mental, physical, and sexual abuse have been reported within orphanages, and the lack of proper screening procedures due to the influx of volunteers exacerbates the issue. If you genuinely wish to support Balinese or Indonesian children, we urge you to seek out programs that prioritize keeping children within their home environments and providing education outside of institutional care settings. By focusing on such initiatives, we can ensure the well-being of children while promoting sustainable development within their communities.
In 2022, Westerlaken Foundation/Yayasan Westerlaken Alliance Indonesia initiated the Stop Orphanages campaign, dedicated to advocating for children's rights in alignment with Indonesian law and international agreements set forth by the United Nations. Through this campaign, the foundation seeks to raise awareness about the negative impact of orphanages on children's well-being and promote alternative, family-based care solutions that prioritize the best interests of the child. By actively engaging in this campaign, the foundation aims to drive positive change and ensure the protection and fulfilment of children's rights in Indonesia.
STANDARD OPERATIng PROCEDURE
family REUNIFICATION program
In 2021, the Westerlaken Foundation wrote the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the Family Reunification program in accordance with the regulations set forth by the Indonesian government. This comprehensive update ensures that the program aligns with the latest guidelines and legal requirements, further enhancing the foundation's commitment to facilitating the safe and successful reunification of families. The SOP serves as a crucial framework for guiding the foundation's operations and ensuring compliance with Indonesian regulations throughout the family reunification process.
Menganalisa faktor manusia dalam perubahan manajemen bagi anakanak yang ditempatkan pada lembaga kesejahtaraan sosial anak dan hubungannya dengan sponsor
In December 2021, the founder of the Westerlaken Foundation authored an article titled "Analyzing Human Factors in Management Changes for Children Placed in Social Welfare Institutions and Their Relationship with Sponsors," which was published in the prestigious 'JUSPOL' journal. This insightful article delves into the examination of various human factors that influence management changes within social welfare institutions for children, particularly exploring their interconnectedness with sponsorships. The publication in the esteemed 'JUSPOL' journal highlights the foundation's commitment to scholarly research and advancing the understanding of critical issues in the field of child welfare.
THE IMPACT OF ORPHANAGE TOURISM ON BALI
In June 2021, the founder of the Westerlaken Foundation authored an article titled "The Impact of Orphanage Tourism on Bali," which was published in the renowned 'Research in Hospitality Management' journal. This thought-provoking article delves into the significant effects of orphanage tourism on the local community and the hospitality industry in Bali. Through rigorous research and analysis, the article sheds light on the ethical and social implications of engaging in orphanage tourism and provides valuable insights for the tourism and hospitality sectors. The publication in the esteemed 'Research in Hospitality Management' journal underscores the foundation's commitment to generating knowledge and raising awareness about sustainable and responsible tourism practices.
THE CHANGE IN PERCEPTION OF SUBMITTING CHILDREN TO CHILD WELFARE INSITUTIONS IN DENPASAR CITY
In 2020, the foundation released a comprehensive report titled "The Change in Perception of Submitting Children to Child Welfare Institutions in Denpasar City." This insightful report, available in PDF format with the ISBN 978-623-94046-0-4, delves into the shifting attitudes and perspectives regarding the placement of children in child welfare institutions within Denpasar City. Through extensive research and analysis, the report examines the evolving social perceptions, cultural dynamics, and legal frameworks surrounding child welfare in the region. It provides valuable insights and recommendations for policymakers, stakeholders, and organizations working in the field of child welfare. This report stands as a significant contribution to the ongoing discourse on improving the well-being and care of children in Denpasar City.
REPORT HARMFUL SITUATIONS
Use the field on the right to report any harmful situation (if needed anonymously) regarding human and children's rights.
Westerlaken Foundation/Yayasan Westerlaken Alliance Indonesia is deeply committed to advocating against the practice of orphanage tourism and hug-an-orphan traveling. We strongly discourage individuals from engaging in these activities. Our foundation actively campaigns to raise awareness about the negative impacts of orphanage tourism, highlighting the importance of responsible and ethical tourism practices. We believe that every child deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, and their well-being should never be compromised for the sake of entertainment or personal gain. We encourage everyone to join us in spreading this crucial message and supporting sustainable initiatives that prioritize the long-term welfare of children. Together, we can make a difference and promote positive change in the realm of child protection and tourism ethics.