Prospects for local students
Home to a hundred children, Yayasan Badan Wakaf was built in 2005 as an orphanage, but has since developed into a middle school with 15 teachers. Set in the village of Majaksingi, Amanjiwo strives to provide the nearby school with substantial support from maintenance and a fully equipped library to scholarships and supplementary learning. With the help of incredibly generous donations from hotel guests, Amanjiwo is also able to assist in the development of self-sustainable accommodation which serves as a safe and comfortable space for education, with access to water, sanitation and healthy food.
Preserving the art of batik
The symbolism and culture around batik forms part of Indonesian life from birth, as infants are carried in batik slings to bring luck. A textiles art originating from Java, Amanjiwo hosts batik classes for children of Yayasan Badan Wakaf, and guests, twice a month. These creative lessons for students aged 12 to18 impart specialist skills for them to have the option to pursue this art form to a professional level. This provides the potential for young people to start their own micro-businesses; an enterprise Amanjiwo can support in the future as a customer.
The batik classes take place during the resort’s complimentary afternoon tea in the Rotunda, which creates an informal way for guests to spend time with the students, often inspiring them to donate or explore ways of helping with scholarships.