Perth family uses Bali trips to help orphans

Etienne (11) inspired her family's dharma love project.
Etienne (11) inspired her family's dharma love project.

AN Ocean Reef family have used Bali trips to help improve the lives of orphans.

Claire Lovegrove said her daughter Etienne (11) asked the family to visit an orphanage in Bali, called Dharma Jati.

A collage of the orphanage before.

“Etienne was so upset by the conditions 40 orphans were living in that she promised them ‘my mummy will help you; she’s a nurse’,” she said.

“The children who live there are not allowed to beg.

“Moni the orphanage’s ‘mother’ encourages the children to study and become self-sufficient.

Children in one of the new spaces.

“During both my visits they have not asked for one thing – and they have nothing – so after lots of tears seeing how they live we have now created our dharma love project collaborating with beautiful souls committed to helping.

“They live in temple ruins so we have raised enough money to go and improve their living conditions.”

Volunteers creating better living spaces.

A team of eight people returned to Bali in late August with 320kg of donations where about 70 helpers, including a dentist, medical students and hula hoop entertainer, joined in the project and created seven livable spaces.

“We now need funds for sealing the roof and I’m returning in October to do second girls bedroom,” Mrs Lovegrove said.

They set up a GoFundMe page to collect donations.

One of the spaces created.
Claire Lovegrove with daughters Olivia and Etienne at the orphanage.