This month Pelita Foundation appears in My Lombok magazine – a gorgeous glossy magazine available in Lombok, Bali, Australia, Singapore, Jakarta and many other places!

My Lombok is a complimentary publication which can be found in restaurants, bars, hair and beauty salons, tourist offices, hotels and boutiques – there are over 3500 copies distributed in the Lombok area alone. Pelita is also featured on My Lombok’s Facebook page this month https://www.facebook.com/mylombokmag/?fref=ts

We are so grateful for the exposure – thank you My Lombok for your support!

For those who are interested, here is the full article:

PELITA FOUNDATION

‘Pelita’ means ‘shining light’ in Indonesian. Pelita Foundation is a non-profit organisation working in Gerupuk village, near Kuta in the south of Lombok. Pelita’s mission is to empower the children of Lombok to reach their fullest potential.

The story of Pelita Foundation is strongly tied with that of Surfcamp Lombok, a surf school established by three Swedish surfers in 2006. After living and working closely with the Gerupuk community for several years, they, together with fellow Swede Karin Olofsson, established the Foundation in 2009.

Pelita Foundation aims to help break the cycle of poverty that many families in Lombok live under by providing educational programs to inspire children to work towards a brighter future.

As traditional industries like fishing are fast being replaced by tourism, it is important that future generations are able to communicate in English, and to participate in the global online community.

Pelita runs after-school classes in English, Digital Literacy and Life Skills, as well as a School Scholarship program. Classes are free for all children who wish to attend and are designed to complement and support students’ formal education.

Pelita’s English classes focus on practical, day-to-day use of the English language. Role plays, music, games, reading and writing activities and the inclusion of technology create a fun and interactive learning environment. Pelita students are fortunate to have international volunteers regularly attending classes, giving them the opportunity to practice their English skills with native speakers.

Digital Literacy classes aim to equip students with skills to utilise technology for self-learning and eventually generating an income – whether it is by promoting their homestay online, or building websites for a living. In these classes students have access to second-hand iPads set up with learning apps and a semi-reliable internet connection. Students are encouraged to think critically, and to build on their natural curiosity, creativity and confidence.

Life Skills classes provide students with strategies for living healthy and fulfilling lives. Classes incorporate mindfulness and stress management techniques, health workshops, environmental awareness, creative expression and much more. Indonesian visitors from various backgrounds are regularly invited to speak to senior students about their life experience and to offer advice for a prosperous future.

Pelita’s School Scholarship program provides both financial and practical support for disadvantaged students who wish to continue their formal education. As many of these students’ parents are illiterate, assisting their children with paperwork or homework and attending school meetings can be difficult. Pelita’s local staff help these families enormously by assisting with these day-to-day practicalities.

The biggest challenge currently facing Pelita Foundation is a lack of a proper facility to run its programs from. At the moment classes are held in a borrowed space with limited access each day, and as popularity increases many classes are overcrowded, with up to 70 children attending!

The Foundation is now fundraising for a new school building which will contain two open classrooms, meeting and office space, as well as a ‘technology hub’ for using and charging digital learning devices. The new building will enable the Foundation to run more classes, to host workshops or programs with other NGOs and to introduce vocational programs for women.

Regular, ongoing donations are also required to keep Pelita’s day-to-day operations running. They encourage local businesses interested in supporting the Lombok community to contact Pelita Foundation by email. Sponsors are offered the opportunity to have their logo and a link to their site or Facebook page appear on Pelita Foundation’s website.

The Foundation is also seeking qualified volunteer English teachers who are keen to spend at least three to six months helping to run and develop their learning programs. Volunteers will gain a true cultural experience while enjoying all the benefits of living in Gerupuk – surfing, swimming, skateboarding, diving or just hanging out with the local kids.

Everyone is encouraged to give back and ensure a brighter future for Lombok’s children by donating or applying to volunteer at Pelita Foundation’s website.

Thanks also to the various photographers who contributed the images : )