Cempaka Putih Projects

Quiz- day at Rumah Belajar “Jason Hoffmann

Quiz- day, December 4, 2015

After one month of learning and having fun. The teacher Sri Ayuni and Annelous thought it would be a good idea to test what the students learned so far. Having fun is one thing but remembering what you have learned is another.
They have learned so much already! The alphabet, numbers 1-10, colours, animals and even more.
We noticed in class the students are highly competitive. Therefore a game or quiz and a present, we thought, would be a good idea.
We prepared them and repeated all the subjects they had learned so far.
Friday December 4 was Quiz- day!
27 students came and they were excited!
We put together a quiz of 15 questions, almost all subjects learned so far. The questions were similar to those off the exercises in their book.

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40 minutes to complete the Quiz. They were so quick!! After 20 minutes everybody was done.
They all did a great job! They tried their best. Put in effort and enthusiasm.
The teacher had arranged a small reward, notebooks, for every student. Number 1,2 and 3 received another present. A dictionary and 2 books were handed out to them.
It has been a fun and exciting day!

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Grading the quiz was interesting and fun as well. There were some funny mistakes and some really small ones.

We noticed they often knew the answer but had a little trouble to reproduce.
Also writing needs more attention.
All questions were discussed in class. Also, we explained the things we noticed while grading the quiz.

Note for the students: during the quiz: focus and don’t answer the question too fast. Read carefully and take your time to answer the question.
Note for the teacher: in class writing needs more attention. While preparing the test consider putting examples in. Different types of questions mixed in a quiz could result in confusion.

New English Program – Rumah Belajar “Jason Hoffmann”


An amazing and memorable afternoon, November 6 of 2015.
The opening ceremony of a free English program at SD Negeri 4 Kawan, Bangli.
In memory of Jason Hoffmann, a dear friend and volunteer of the Cempaka putih foundation. Because of his generous gesture and support Yayasan Cempaka Putih was able to set up this program for 1 year.

“From the moment Jason Hoffmann first stepped foot on Bali, he felt a special connection to the island and the Balinese people. Over the next few years he would call Bali his adopted home, and his warm and open spirit drew people to him and allowed him to forge many close friendships and lend a helping hand whenever he could. He was a firm believer that education is the key to a brighter future, and he truly believed that the future is indeed bright for Bali and her people.” by Stephanie Mee.


The opening ceremony was great. The head of the school, teachers but especially 60 motivated and very enthusiastic children put in a lot of effort to make this ceremony to a success and great start of this program.
The children were excited but waiting patiently for the first lesson to start.

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We have found an amazing and motivated English teacher, Sri Ayuni (Dewa Ayu Nym), who is happy to help and teach. She teaches English at Senior high school in Kintamani. After her regular job she will come two times a week to teach the children of class 4-6 at SD Negeri 4 Kawan, Bangli.

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Rumah Belajar Jason Hoffmann is a renewed English program. In the past we organised Sunday school. Almost every Sunday Gede went to his village, Songan, to teach English to a large group of children. Often a volunteer, from abroad, accompanied him. They supported and assisted Gede. This was a big help to Gede, because every Sunday the class became bigger. The word was spread quick throughout Kintamani regency and more children were curious and made it happen to attend the class.
As surprised as happy we were, we knew we had to adjust this program at some point.
We knew we could not continue like this forever. We also wanted to provide the children a continuous learning program. Our plan was to find an Indonesian/ Balinese English teacher whom would be willing to teach and to set up a continuous learning program, to provide the children an opportunity to keep growing.
Jason Hoffmann was one of our enthusiastic volunteers. He accompanied Gede many times and made a difference in the classes.
Thanks to Jason Hoffmann, a good friend and devoted volunteer, we are able to realise our plans.
The head of the school, Ni Wayan Pasti, was very interested in our plans and made it possible for us to use a classroom after school hours.
Together with our talented English teacher we are of to a great start.


The first 2 months Annelous will attend the class to support the teacher and see if she needs something or any adjustments are needed.
After this we will meet with the teacher on a monthly basis. The teacher will provide us with reports about the program, children’s progress and will give her own feedback.

Making science fun!

For schools in the impoverished Songan region of Bangli it is hard to provide quality education. Their resources are very limited.
Teachers don’t have access to educational materials and equipment for their classes. Students don’t have the opportunity to practice what they have learned from books.
Families manage to make enough money to get by, but the start of each new school year, schoolbooks and new uniforms are making life a lot harder. This often results in students dropping out of school. They are still young and hardly educated.

We were very happy to have started a partnership with Kopernik in improving education in January 2014.
Kopernik balances a philanthropic and business approach to distributing technology. Their donors fund the upfront costs of introducing technologies and creating micro-business opportunities in remote communities. The money raised from product sales is reinvested in more technology for the last mile.
Kopernik collected a scientific instrument for viewing small objects, the Benesse Microscopes. (http://www.benesse-hd.co.jp/en/) It is designed for kids and has 50x, 150x and 300x magnification with built-in lights. The microscope comes with an Indonesian language instruction manual and a mini science kit.
Together we wanted to make simple microscope technology available to students in village schools, opening their eyes to the wonders of science and encouraging their eagerness to learn.
We joined Kopernik when they made science classes’ fun for students at Negeri 5 Songan Elementary School, by introducing the students to the microscopes.
Now ten months later we collected 63 microscopes at Kopernik to distribute them to the fifth and sixth grade teachers and students of Negeri 6 Songan Elementary School.


Yesterday was “THE” day. We introduced the students of class 6 to the microscopes. We brought tree leaves, pencils, erasers and paper for drawing.
The students were excited. Other students from other classes were curiously peeking through the windows and standing in the door opening.
We had a group of 39 students and other teachers were helping too. This way every student could have the same amount of helping and guidance.



They were enthusiastic and eager to learn. They mastered quick and started drawing what they had seen soon. For some the leaves were not challenging enough so they went out on the schoolyard to look for insects. Ants seem very small but when put under a microscope they become big and scary!


When the lesson ended we all concluded this was a great way to practice what is learned, having fun and explore. Make science fun.
We noted the microscopes would stay at the school and students can use them whenever they like. Explore some more and be creative with substances to put under the microscope. Up close things can look very different from what you imagined.


This project thought students to use a microscope and has given assistance in starting to learn more about science. The teachers will continue using the microscopes during practical activities as an educational tool.
In a later stage class 5 will be introduced to these amazing educational tools too.

We will contact the teacher and the school on a regular basis to check how things are going, if they need assistance or new information and if the state of the equipment is still good. We will act on what’s needed.

Rumah Belajar Scott Thompson

Rumah Belajar Scott Thompson.

Sometimes when people with great ideas work together something even more great will be developed.
So when we joined forces with Scott Thompson (http://www.runningbalitojakarta.com) and YCAB foundation (http://www.ycabfoundation.org) Rumah Belajar Scott Thompson was developed.


Rumah Belajar Scott Thompson was launched on 22 November 2012 at Songan, Kintamani, Bali.
It provides a computer class that uses original licenses from Microsoft for all the software in the training program. In addition, students who graduate from the program will receive certification from BINUS University.
Rumah Belajar Scott Thompson is located at Yayasan Pasraman Gurukula.
This is a social organization, which provides free education for children who are economically disadvantaged, neglected or abandoned. Education at pasraman Gurukula emphasizes a simple lifestyle, with intelligent thought patterns, and is very suitable to deal with consumer-paced modern society.

Since education is our priority subject this foundation is eager to improve, we were very happy to help realize this computer class.
Rumah Belajar Scott Thompson does not have just basic computers but 14 flat- screens! How awesome it that!
By using computers children will learn to handle new technology and are able to access new information.
If they search on the Internet they will go on an adventurous trip.
Can you imagine how amazing this trip will be?!
There is so much to read, music to listen to, educational videos to watch and even more.
Just type a single word in Google and within a few seconds you will have all the information available worldwide. They will be amazed.
You can imagine it can be a little bit overwhelming and maybe scary too!
We are glad there is a teacher present at all times when the kids attend this class. This teacher helps them in their learning process and will guide them.
So they can learn step by step.
Every day after school they have the opportunity to join computer class and explore the world!


Pigs go to market. (Piggy Bank keeps kids at school)

As posted in February 2014 and also noted by the Jakarta post at that time the Yayasan developed a Piggy bank supporting the kids of Songan in going to school.

In the impoverished Songan region of Bangli it is hard to get by.
Living at the foot of Mount Batur, most families depend on farming during the wet season while during the dry season, few of planted life survives. They manage to make enough to get by, but the start of each new school year, schoolbooks and new uniforms are making life a lot harder.

“Our Lady of Hope School” in Adelaide, Australia, donated money to buy 5 piglets. http://www.oloh.catholic.edu.au
The students raised the money by (re) selling plastic bottles, cans and fruit boxes. These were collected, cleaned and sorted before selling them to raise money. Their project is called “ Cans For Kids Project”.
Together with the land Gede Mangun donated we build a Piggy Paradise.


Situated in an extended area of mature trees half way up Mt. Batur’s hill. Piggy Paradise almost looked like the gardens of Four Seasons hotel, with a covered roof of natural material and open air space surrounded by dense tropical jungle.
It was a wonderful area to raise the piglets.
The piglets were black and quiet expensive actually. These kind of black piglets cost a flabbergasting $65 (US) each.
We could have chosen another, cheaper or white piglet, but we choose these black piglets because they are forest piglets and therefore rough and strong. They are more resistant to disease and will eat the food the forest will provide. And they like digging into the rich black soil. A natural environment will keep them happy.



Six children, aged around 11 years old, were taking turns daily to visit the piglets, clean their yards and prepare their food.
The plan was to raise them into grown pigs. Each year the kids could go to market and sell the grown pigs to help cover their school expenses.
Education is free, but the school buildings and a lot of other essentials cost money. Also the children go to a new class every year, need new uniforms and books.

The children were enthusiastic and thought it was a great idea to raise money for their education needs. They could go to school without the money coming from piglets, but this makes finding the money much easier for their parents.
Actually it was not easier.
This project turned out to be a great challenge, as piglets grow bigger, get smart and go naughty. After a few weeks they managed to create a way out. We had to chase them and put them back in paradise. This event repeated itself many times. We thought we would be smarter than the pigs and created new fences. Put the fence deeper in to the ground. Also made a gauze floor to prevent the pigs from digging 2 meters down and make a tunnel.
The pigs kept escaping!! Wanting to explore the world outside piggy paradise.
We thought we were not feeding them enough food. So we gave them more food but unfortunately this didn’t keep them from escaping.
Also the costs of the food went up to Rp 500.000/ 2wks and after a while it was Rp.1000.000/ 2wks.
We realized at some point pig farms in Bali are not a paradise. Pigs are kept on a short leash or in small boxes. They eat, sleep and don’t move. So they will be big and fat soon.
We wanted to make a difference. Teach the kids how the take care of a living animal, make money to support needs for education.
This project would support the learning process in many ways.
Unfortunately the pigs went to market a bit sooner than planned but this way income and expenses are not to far a part.

Education can change lives. If these children can attend high school, their choices in the future will be improved.
There is no upper high school in Songan at the moment. Most students who want to go to upper high school must board in Bangli, Denpasar or even as far away as Singaraja on Bali’s north coast.
This will cost a lot of money, therefore only a few of the children can go to high school.

In order to chase our goal, education for children, we will take this experience on our journey in creating new projects.
You can help make a difference by supporting the yayasan. Donate money and share your opinion.

The Piggy Project in the Jakarta Post

Check out our write up in the Jakart Post today! Page 22 😉
Yay, Gede!

Jakarta Post 2014-02-13

Gede and the Piggy Project in the Jakarta Post

One Village, One Teacher

Cempaka Putih Foundation English Program

Kids After Class in Songan Village

Cempaka Putih Foundation is looking for sponsors for our “Satu Desa, Satu Guru,” or “One Village, One Teacher” English Program!

It is our goal to hire one permanent local English teacher, to guide classes and work with native English speaking volunteers  for each of the 72 villages in the Bangli regency.

By reaching out to each village, we hope to give as many children as possible a chance to learn the language skills they need for a brighter future.

We are looking for 72 individual, group, or corporate sponsors,  to each fund one teacher, at 9,600,000 IDR per year. (Approximately $850 USD at the current exchange rate).

We are open to suggestions, and would love to talk to any interested sponsors, coordinators, and/or volunteers

Please use our Contact Form to get in touch with Gede, or call him directly at +62-818-552669, for more information.

Rumah Belajar Scott Thompson!

Opening Ceremony

Gede Speaks the the Opening Ceremony for the New
Scott Thompson Rumah Belajar

Thank you YCAB and Berlari Terus for your support and cooperation in getting the Rumah Belejar Scott Thomsom program for computer learning up and running in Toya Bunkah!

See more photos from the opening ceremony on our facebook page.

Watch Gede’s TEDx Ubud Speech!

Recorded at TEDxUbud on May 6th, 2011, at Gaya Fusion.

Up to now & Up to you!

Hands up and jump for joy!


Recently I had the privilege to spend some time on the island of the gods – Bali! As always, no visit would be complete without catching up with Gede, and talking about the Cempaka Putih Foundation’s important work to liberate the people of the poverty stricken Bangli region, through education, micro business development, housing and fundraising projects.

Up to now, much work has been done for which I have to commend Gede and his volunteers: The weekly supper club, sponsored by Paul and Hannah Paine, managed to raise much needed funds and awareness in the expatriate community of Ubud.  While patrons at Warung Wild Ginger feasted on the filling culinary decadence and comfort of South African cuisine, Hannah enjoyed sharing her talents and love for cooking and entertaining, while supporting a good cause.  We all await the return of this inspiring couple who opened their big hearts and gave so generously.

Hannah's Supper Club!


Furthermore, and by invitation, Gede had the daunting task to deliver a speech at the Tedex conference held in Ubud. It’s certainly easier to do the job than to talk about doing it! Besides his apprehensiveness and modesty, he was able to talk the talk, as he certainly walks the walk as well. Passion and compassion are the two main ingredients needed to bring relief and growth, and move towards a more sustainable and prosperous future. His message and mission, I believe, harvested new supporters for the foundation, which will insure the survival and success of our ongoing and future projects.

Speaking of the future, Gede’s dream is to raise funds and build a school. Unfortunately the classrooms of the local school in Bangli are no longer available for the English Learning program. Gede has temporarily turned his own restaurant into a classroom for the children to get their weekly English lesson. However, a new community building would be far better suited to the task. With support and donations it is not such a farfetched idea at all. What he really needs is an investor or some fundraising genius to come up with a concept that can materialize this vision of our own school building. Anybody reading this who feels they can contribute, please do not hesitate to contact us and make a difference in the world today.
I also had time to give the angels of Kintamani an English lesson. Playing games and combining a few origami tricks, I entertained and educated them while having fun, as two hours flew by. I only regret not personally meeting up with Hazel, from Scotland, who unselfishly volunteers her services as an educator on Sundays. The students are really improving and also enjoy her Scottish accent and cheerful attitude.

Gede delivering his speach.

As I flew back to Jakarta, the city where I now reside, I realized that life is really up to you. “Up to you” is an expression you often hear in Indonesia.  If you want to go somewhere, or do something or change something it is really up to you. Up to now the Cempaka Putih foundation has achieved a lot, what highlights it will reach in its core mission to eradicate poverty is also truly up to me and up to you. Please open you heart and be a part of something small that can grow to make a big difference too many people including yourself…

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