23 January 2012
Natalia Perry for The Sacred Childhoods Foundation
Natalia Perry is the Founder & Director of The Sacred Childhoods Foundation, a charity focused on helping some of the most underprivileged and at-risk children in Indonesia. Sacred Childhoods now has 8 projects in Bali and Sulawesi including two Slum Schools; a sewing project; a micro-finance scheme; support to local orphanages; and The Sanctuary.
The Sanctuary is currently being built and when complete will be a small eco-village hidden away somewhere in East Bali. It will become Bali’s only shelter specifically for children who have been trafficked or held as child prostitutes for the sex tourism industry.
According to reports, the trafficking of women and children in Indonesia is a big problem that has not yet been properly addressed. Sadly, the child sex tourism industry is likewise understood to be significant in Bali in particular, yet the authorities are struggling to intervene or properly support the victims when they are found.
When complete, The Sanctuary will offer vital safe housing, therapeutic and medical support to the children who are expected to stay there for around three years, depending on their individual situation.by