Village of origin poverty

A subculture where parents send children to beg in the city

Children from certain east Bali village areas are sent by their parent(s) or guardians to beg or sell trinkets in the two main ciites. When these parents are asked why, they generally answer the same…”we need money to eat.” However, most families have resources such as a brick block home, some land (though with limited water), and other traditional methods of living, trading, and eating. One parent was honest. He stated that he didnt like to work and wanted to have money for cock fighting! We also see new shiny motorbikes next to these homes.

“YKPA is helping these communities by helping the children in the cities.. Networking with local village individuals, we are learning how we can best use our resources towards filling in empty gaps”

YKPA Director, Putu

Village home
When parents are asked if they know their children are being abused in the hands of bosses and the police, and do not have the chance of an education and learning skills, they respond with the same “we need money to eat”. They either cannot comprehend the dangers of the city, or choose to ignore them. So far, parents do not respond to ideas of micro-credit loans for developing an income.

YKPA helps these children in the city

YKPA helps sick children in the street. We give shelter and search for the best way to help them get an education. We want them protected from the adults that use them for income. But this is difficult because their parents are in favor of them begging. Their older sibling or other adult boss is encouraged by the parent because they all get cuts of the childs earnings. The city security police have harrasment practices to discourage them from being in the city which does not work because they see the children as the problem, not as pawns being used by adults..

Community motivated income-generation and education

It is possible for conditions to improve, both from government and NGO efforts at assisting community-driven development. Change is slowly coming to the villages; schools are increasing in number, the governent is giving livestock to families, and concerned people are joining forces to help.

YKPA is helping these communities by helping the children in the cities.. Networking with local village individuals, we are learning how we can best use our resources towards filling in empty gaps…such as recruiting foreign sponsors to purchase school uniforms and books so children can attend those village schools.