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
HUMAN RIGHTS AND CHILDREN
MARINE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM
CULTURAL HERITAGE PROGRAM
HUMAN RIGHTS AND CHILDREN RIGHTS PROGRAM
Westerlaken Foundation is committed to enhancing human and children's rights in Indonesia, with a particular focus on the rights of children. The foundation has conducted extensive research on children's rights within orphanages in Bali, which has resulted in the publication of several insightful studies.
Through its dedicated human rights and children's rights program, the foundation diligently monitors the occurrence of potential abuse within Child Welfare Institutions. It actively advocates for the implementation and adherence to the Indonesian Decree of the Minister of Social Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia No.30/HUK/2011, which outlines the National Standards of Care for Child Welfare Institutions.
In April 2022, the Westerlaken Foundation/Yayasan Bali Bersih, in collaboration with Bali Kids and funded by the NEBA Foundation and Wilde Ganzen, launched an HIV/AIDS education program. This initiative aims to raise awareness and provide education on HIV/AIDS, thereby contributing to the overall well-being and health of children and communities in Bali.
In collaboration with various foundations, movements, NGOs, and governmental organizations (GOs), Westerlaken Foundation provides financial support for research and initiatives aimed at safeguarding the coastal and marine environment. These efforts encompass activities such as raising public awareness, conducting research, campaigning, and combating the practice of captivity.
As part of its commitment to environmental conservation, the Westerlaken Foundation funds the work of Yayasan Bali Bersih, its Indonesian counterpart. Yayasan Bali Bersih actively responds to stranded dolphins, whales, and sea turtles, providing necessary aid and emergency assistance.
Additionally, the organization passionately campaigns against dolphin captivity in Indonesia.
Westerlaken Foundation has also played a vital role in collaboration with the Jakarta Animal Aid Network and Dolphin Project to rescue and relocate captive dolphins from the former Melka resort. These endeavors represent crucial steps towards saving and rehabilitating captive animals, and further rescue missions are anticipated in the future.
Moreover, Westerlaken Foundation and Yayasan Bali Bersih maintain a comprehensive database of sea turtle strandings in Bali. The organizations work in conjunction with governmental agencies to collect DNA samples for research purposes, contributing to the understanding and conservation of sea turtles.
Furthermore, ongoing research conducted by the Westerlaken Foundation and Yayasan Bali Bersih assesses the water quality at Petitenget Beach, Mertasari Beach and Batu Bolong Beach. This research, which commenced on January 26, 2022, involves regular weekly assessments. Preliminary findings indicate the presence of Coliform and Fecal Coli, highlighting potential contamination issues.
Detailed research results can be accessed below.
Westerlaken Foundation has been actively providing financial support for emergency relief efforts in various situations. In response to the Gunung Agung eruptions and the 2018 Lombok Earthquakes, the foundation played a significant role in financing relief initiatives to assist affected communities.
Furthermore, the foundation conducted an impact assessment following the tsunami in Palu in 2018. It also embarked on an emergency relief mission to Lembata, NTT, in 2021, following a series of natural disasters including a volcanic eruption, cyclone, and flooding. In the same year, the foundation was involved in providing relief to earthquake victims in Ban and Karangasem, Bali.
During the years 2020 and 2021, the Westerlaken Foundation remained active in emergency relief efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic in Bali, addressing the pressing needs arising from the crisis.
In November 2022, the foundation extended emergency relief support to Cianjur, West Java, in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake.
Additionally, in February 2023, the foundation returned to Cianjur, West Java, to address the clean water crisis and provide much-needed emergency relief to the affected population.
Westerlaken Foundation actively engages in efforts to facilitate the return of cultural heritage to Bali, Indonesia.
In 2019 and 2020, the foundation successfully facilitated the return of three tombaks and one keris, which were taken after the puputan (last stand) of Klungkung, back to the palace of Klungkung.
Furthermore, in January 2023, the Westerlaken Foundation facilitated the return of another tombak to the palace of Klungkung.
The foundation has acquired these tombaks and kris from the Dutch commercial market, indicating their commitment to reclaiming and preserving Bali's cultural artifacts.
Additionally, the Westerlaken Foundation continues to actively engage in negotiations and discussions with the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science, as well as both Dutch and Indonesian commissions, in order to address and advocate for the return of heritage in accordance with current policies. This ongoing dialogue reflects the foundation's dedication to promoting cultural preservation and ensuring the rightful return of cultural artifacts to their places of origin.
THE jodie oShea
Since 2022, Westerlaken Foundation/Yayasan Bali Bersih has established and currently manages the Jodie O'Shea Children Fund.
In 2020, the Westerlaken Foundation/Yayasan Bali Bersih formed a partnership with Jodie O'Shea House to implement Child Safeguarding Policies and reunification practices. Through this collaboration, the Jodie O'Shea Children Fund was created, which aims to provide education and support for reunified children and their families. These children, who previously resided in Jodie O'Shea House, have now been reunited with their parents in accordance with Indonesian laws and international perspectives on child welfare.
The Jodie O'Shea Children Fund focuses on achieving Sustainable Development Goals 1 (no poverty), 2 (zero hunger), 4 (quality education), and 10 (reduced inequalities). By addressing these goals, the fund aims to empower families, ensure access to education for reunified children, and contribute to the overall well-being and development of the community.
For more information about the Jodie O'Shea Children Fund or to provide support, please click the link below.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WESTERLAKEN FOUNDATION AND YAYASAN BALI BERSIH
Westerlaken Foundation and Yayasan Bali Bersih are two distinct entities that maintain a close cooperative relationship. Consequently, both foundations have chosen to operate under a shared website, showcasing their collaborative efforts.
Westerlaken Foundation is a Dutch entity (RSIN 85938694) and is recognized as an ANBI stichting, denoting its status as a Public Benefit Organization. The foundation is responsible for designing programs and allocating funds to support these initiatives.
On the other hand, Yayasan Bali Bersih is an Indonesian entity (Akte notaris Nyoman Oka SH. M.Kn, nomor 60 - 30 Nopember 2015. SK nomor AHU-00277001.AH.01.04.Tahun2015. NPWP 94.961.135.4-905.000). It oversees the implementation of programs designated and funded by the Westerlaken Foundation.
Dr. Rodney Westerlaken and Shandy Wijaya serve as board members for both foundations, contributing their expertise and guidance.
To gain a comprehensive understanding of the organizational structure of both Westerlaken Foundation and Yayasan Bali Bersih, please click the link below.