One day Dewi our office angel came to me and said: “Ilona, if we could get a sponsor, I would love to sponsor the family that lives right behind us here at Shambala. The family is very, very poor and they can barely make it. They don’t have money to by food, let alone to send their children to school. School here in Bali costs some money, depending on the grade. The higher the grade the more it costs. There is the cost of the shoes, the school uniform, the books, let alone a computer if a family ever can dream of owning one,and then there is the daily food money.”

She was visibly pleading with me.Dewi’s heart was overflowing. She know that we had already some families lined up, but seeing this fishermen family broke her heart.

I love that Dewi is so kind, and loving and considerate. She is a very strong woman, always willing to greet our guest with a genuine warm heart that you can still find here in Bali. It is a very unique culture, one in which the heart energy is still honored.

The very next day, a sponsor appeared! It was a radiant couple, Lawrence and Anna, who lived their teachings. I remember his eyes and energy so clearly, like a guardian angel from another dimension.

Lawrenced and Anne decided that they will sponsor all three children of the  Gede Arya fishermens’ family.

Here is what they wrote:

Dewi introduced us to. As she said, there are 3 children at school age and a fourth that will start in 2 years.

Dewi spoke to her parents and calculated the rate to be appox. $200 for the oldest boy child who is in Junior High School and $150 for the 2 girls who are in elementary school still.

So we agreed with Dewi that we would send $500 this year and increase our funding (to $200/child) when the other girls started Junior High School.

Carmen May is sponsor for Made WIDIA’s daughter in UBUD

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When Carmen came to BALI to attend a workshop with Ilona Selke, we all went to meet the family and home of  our long time friend MADE WIDIYA.

Right there, Carmen fell in love with the little girl of Made Widia.You know how sometimes you look into the eyes of a being and you know that you want to care, support or love that being for a long time. Keep reading »



We are so happy to have found a sponsor for our angel massage therapist SUKERTI’s daughter by the name of Luh Putri Astiti Lestari.

Sukerti is one of five children at home, the fourth born with three elder brothers and one younger sister. As is customary, a woman moves in with her husbands family after marriage. Usually it is the custom of Bali to have the boy stay at the house of the parents, and the son’s wife, the daughter in law, moves in with the husband’s family after their wedding. However, Sukerti’s husband comes from a family of nine children!!! He has four brothers and four sisters. This meant hardship for Sukerti and her husband if they wanted to stay.

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Sponsor Caroline Elsaesser of Agus Aries

CHILDREN-AgusAriesAgus Aries’ two children

Kadek Novi Wijayanti (the girl) and Putu Kelvin Rama Wijaya (the boy)

Agus Aries came to Shambala like a deer at dawn. His sensitive nature, his loving heart and his total dedication to doing whatever needs to be done, made us pray that he may find a kind sponsor. He is now father of four children, but living on his own, as his fathers remarried wife would put stick between him and his dad, so that a harmonious life at home was not possible in the extended family. Keep reading »

Sponsor Caroline Elsaesser of Putu Widayani

PutuHousekeepingPtu Widayani lives with her husband, and her girl PUTU CITRA WIDIACAHYANI at her husband’s family compound with eight people, including her father in-law, and her husband’s grandmother as well as her older brother in-law, who is also married, and who lives with his wife lives and their only child as well in the family compound.

Though all of them share the compound, an encircled area with each family having their own sleeping quarters, and their own little kitchen where they cook with a gas stove.

Putu gets up at 4:30 am to go shopping at the local food market in Bondalem early in the morning  to cook for the family for the day, before she goes to work at 8 am.

She goes to bed at 9 pm to get enough sleep. Her husband is lucky enough to work at a part time job at the local gas station, as a pump-clerk. For his part time work, half a days work, he gets 40 USD per month! Keep reading »

Sponsor Christine Gretner with Dewi’s boy

When Dewi came to Shambala, she had already worked in Singapore, for her training. She spoke  But as her husband was from Bondalem, she did what all Balinese women would do, she came home to live with him and his family.

Kadek Ngurah Jivan Raditya

Sponsor Caroline Elsaesser of Komang Widiasa’s girl

KoamangWISIASAKomang Widiasa lives with mother and with his wife and his daughter PUTU SRINADI PRAWATI.

He is the youngest of three boys, of which one died in childhood. His father left his mother when Komang was already 20 years old, to live and marry another already divorced woman.  Her child from a previous marriage, his step brother so to speak  also works at Shambala now. All is well, and love continues.

Komang loves his small and larger family and calls himself a true family man. He is very sensitive, and has an almost holy aura. He tends to like to fast, which he does once a year for one month. He loves to pray and loves to help with the strength of his inner light. Keep reading »

Sponsor Robert & Marion Monden for the son of EDY

Here is Robert at a Party he called for all his sponsored children and the sponsored children for whom he so diligently found sponsors in Holland
I have one family which has an amazing story:
There was once a man,  who has already died, who brought to life a family of many children.
He himself was fierce man, he was the best swordsman in the northern Bali region, and heart was hard. He ruled by fear and as you can imagine his children grew up treated harshly, beat, very much unlike most other Balinese. But they mostly wound up following in their father’s footstep.
BUT one of his children turned out to be the WHITE sheep in the family. His name is EDY and he works at Shambala as our guest service manager. Keep reading »

Sponsor Caroline Elsaesser of Komang Adi

Komang Adi used to work on a cruise ship for about five years, as a Chef,  and was paid a great salary. This was a boon as the unemployment rate in Bondalem is 80%.

However, when his own first born boy kept calling him UNCLE and didn’t relate to him as his Dad, Komang Adi changed his priorities and choose to say in the rural area of Bondalem, and wanted to try to find work here.  His boy was 7 years old now. Keep reading »

Sponsor Caroline Elsaesser of Ketut Warta’s child

KETUTWARTAKetut Warta came to Shambala at a time when we didn’t have a position open. Yet he wanted to work so urgently, as we have an 80%  unemployment in Bondalem. He was so sweet in his interview, convincing me, Ilona, that we better find a place for him  Ketut had offered to clean the beach and streets, anything at all, although he had applied and hoped for a position in the restaurant. He was willing to work in any position, as he also had to take care of his younger brother who was still in school. Keep reading »

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