Supporting Sight in South-East Bali

When Year 12 students Samantha Hawes, Jongwoo Kim and Chiara Wahsono were first introduced to the John Fawcett Foundation, they were inspired to contribute more actively to their local community. The foundation, with its multiple medical programmes and mobile eye clinics, is located in the heart of Sanur, Bali, and is recognised by the Indonesian government for its work.

"It wasn't easy for us to choose which charity we wanted to support. There are just so many! But what really stood out about the John Fawcett Foundation, in our opinion, was their direct - and free - eye cataract surgeries for economically disadvantaged Indonesians. We believe that direct action has a greater effect than giving money directly to the individuals, which may be spent elsewhere. When the operation is done, he or she will be able to work again and support their family; in the case of children, they will be able to go to school and receive the education they deserve."

After raising approximately US$3,000 so far, Jongwoo, Chiara and Samantha will continue their project with the hopes of fundraising US$8,000 in total. They have recently been awarded £500 by Round Square, an organisation of over 160 English-speaking schools (including BSJ) which collectively value internationalism, democracy, environmentalism, adventure, leadership and service. The Foundation will use this funding to create postoperative kits for patients, distributing them by World Sight Day on 12 October.

Watch the students' trailer for some more insight into the project.