The Bali Street Mums Project
Established in 2015, ‘The Bali Street Mums Project’ is a non-profit organization headed by the inspiring Kim Farr to empower impoverished mothers by taking them and their children off the streets in Denpasar. It all began when Kim was volunteering in a street kid refuge where mothers and their children would come each day. The kids had a small classroom indoors and the mums were in an outdoor verandah where they were given items to make. During this time, the mums were given almost nothing for their work and had no choice but to bring their kids back to the streets at night to beg for money.
Something different needed to happen for the mothers and their children if they were to be taken off the streets and into a life where their basic needs were met. Bali being an island based off tourism, Kim thought that if these women could be educated and taught to make things that tourists would buy, then this would relieve them from the streets and poor living conditions.Kim began teaching the mums how to make jewelry, hand sewn dolls and glass cups cut from recycled bottles. Over the last three years Samadi has offered a space at the Sunday Market where Kim and the street mums have been selling beautifully embroidered bracelets, necklaces, and Frida Kahlo Dolls. Kim ensured that every mother was paid well whether or not she would receive anything in return.
There are now 15 mothers and 50 children who now have enough income without going back to the streets to beg. The mothers and their children have moved out of their paper-lined four square meter mosquito infested huts and into housing that is clean and safe. The mothers pride themselves on their work and the kids are attending school receiving a proper education.
The struggle to keep them off the street is a daily challenge for Kim and her team. The mums and kids still face medical emergencies, rising school fees and nutritional needs and this is where you can help! The Bali Street Mums Project is looking for volunteers and donors to help keep up with the rising costs of their basic needs to keep them off the streets. Find Kim, the mums and their children selling their items at the the Sunday Farmers and Artisans Market every Sunday from 9am-2pm