What we do

Our work relating to human and children rights:

Westerlaken foundation focuses on improving human and children rights in Indonesia. Recently the foundation published a research focused on children rights within orphanages on Bali. Through its human and children rights program the foundation monitors possible abuse within Child Welfare Institutions and advocates the current Indonesian Decree of the Minister of Social Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia No.30/HUK/2011: National Standards of Care for Child Welfare Institutions. 

The foundation, together with Bali Kids has financed and initiated the rescue and medical care of a small baby with possible HIV infection, who was likely to be dumped and left to die, in 2019.  

Since 2020 the foundation to act as a consultant regarding child safeguarding policies for JOS - Yayasan Cinta Kasih Anak.

Our work relating to issues on cultural heritage management:

Westerlaken foundation assists in and focuses on the return of cultural heritage to Bali, Indonesia. On 10 oktober 2019 Westerlaken Foundation returned 3 tombaks and 1 keris taken after the puputan Klungkung to the palace of Klungkung. Westerlaken foundation has been able to acquire these tombaks from the Dutch commercial market. 


Our work for the marine environment:

In cooperation with other foundations, movements, NGO's and GO's Westerlaken foundation finances research and initiatives to protect the coastal and marine environment by raising public awareness, campaign, research and fight against captivity. 

Westerlaken foundation finances the work of Yayasan Bali Bersih, the Indonesian counterpart of Westerlaken Foundation, which is actively engaged in providing first response to strandings and emergencies of stranded dolphins, whales and sea turtles and actively campaigns against dolphin captivity in Indonesia. Westerlaken Foundation assists Jakarta Animal Aid Network and Dolphin Project in the saving and relocation of the ex-Melka resort captive dolphins. Hopefully other (ex-captive) rescue missions will follow in 2021. 

Click here for our turtle stranding database

Our work on emergency relief:
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Westerlaken foundation actively financed relief relief after the Gunung Agung eruptions and to people effected by the 2018 Lombok Earthquakes Also we evaluated the impact of the tsunami in Palu. 
Currently we are active in emergency relief related to COVID-19 on Bali. See our COVID-19 page for up to date numbers on given aid.