Jodie O'Shea orphanage

Trip Start May 07, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I first went to this orphanage 3 years ago and the changes I have seen since then are wonderful, the facilities have grown, but most of all the kids are more confident. The last time we went it was hard to get some of them to chat to us, but this time they were not nervous at all. They didn't take long to drag Amelia in to a game of soccer. Whilst I showed them photos I had taken last time I was there. It took them a little while to work out which ones were of them.

This orphanage was set up in the name of Jodie O'Shea who died in the Bali bombings. It is now home to 51 children, some of whom come from Sumba a small island in east Bali. The island is arid and very poor, the children are malnourished, these children generally have a parent who loves them but is just not able to provide them with healthy meals, education and the opportunity to just be a kid. If possible the children return home in the school holidays. If there isn't a family member to go to, the orphanage takes them on a holiday, this time they are all off to Sinaraja.

If you don't have time to volunteer, email Alison and arrange to pop in for awhile, the kids will be running around but they will appreciate it, just to see something good has come from something so terrible. We were going between Ubud and Legian when we stopped by as we had run out of time, but it was something I wanted to do.

One of the boys who was so shy last time, but loved showing my nephews stuff on the computer is now ready for work as he is almost finished at uni doing IT. Something he could never of dreamed of without the orphanages support.

When we got there they had recently taken in two young children who have lost both their parents in an extremely awful way, they will now receive the support they need to get through the grieving process. We wish them well for their futures.

If you would like to contact the orphanage there website is:

It is a difficult place to find so make sure you have a good driver or remember to take the phone number so they can call for directions.
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Gemma on

Hey Jods,
beautiful blog and photos. will definately make time to go there next time we are in Bali. a lovely story.

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