14 November 2011
Guest Speaker: Pande Putu Setiawan
NGO Komunitas Anak Alam
Pande realized one day that Joy was to be found by Giving and not Gaining. His Anak Alam organization serves 3000 children in the Lake Batur caldera in Kintamani, giving them more chance for better knowledge and education. It has gradually expanded to Ubud, Tabanan, Klungkung, Nusa Penida, Kerobokan, and Payangan areas.
The projects include: Anak Alam Scholarship and Foster Parent Program, Library and Mobile Library Anak Alam, Sharing and Inspiring, Wake Up Open Your Eyes See The World, English / IT / Photography Lesson, Art & Cultural Program, Economic Program, School Feeding and Other Health Program, Youth Leadership Camp and Program, Environmental Program Clean Up Lake Batur, CSR. Putu has published a book of his poetry, and is one of the creators of the now-famous “Not-For-Sale” sign in the ricefields of Ubud.
Putu received his Masters Degree from Gadjah MadaUniversity – Yogyakarta, and then transferred to the University of Victoria Canada for a couple months. He returned home in 2006 and made a controversial life decision. Instead of accepting a job in the big city with a good salary, he changed his mind and founded Komunitas Anak Alam, the only social youth NGO based in Bali. Putu lived and taught the children in Belandingan – Kintamani for several months. Pande worked for the United Nations World Food Programme in Yogyakarta earthquake 2006, and he has been recognized in several magazine articles and television.
Volunteering is not an accident for Putu. His father I Nyoman Sadia is a retiree of the Public Health Care Office in Songan Village. In 1983 his father was awarded the title of ‘Dedicated Balinese Paramedic’ by the Indonesian Ministry of Health. Putu’s biggest dream is to become an ordinary person. And it seems that he has succeeded!