The personal story of the founders
During a visit to Sanur in Bali in 2000, John and Jacqueline Eijnsbergen met Ni Made Setiawati. She worked at the hotel where John and Jacqueline stayed.
In one of the many conversations with Made, she told how some things in Bali work. One of the things she told was that, if you have no money, you can’t go to school for further education. She also told (in very broken English ) that she wanted to get ahead in society but did not have the funds for it. John and Jacqueline were very compassionate with Made and offered to give her the money to follow an English course. Made refused this because the people in Bali are very proud and do not beg, even if they are poor.
Only when John and Jacqueline made an appointment with her that she had to see it as a loan and each time they finished an exam, the loan was converted into a gift, she agreed with the financial help.
After Made attended several courses, she spoke more than enough English to find a well-paid job outside Indonesia. Now she is able to support her family and help people in her community.
This success has made John and Jacqueline decide Crowner 's Foundation to be established.
From its start, the foundation focused particularly on the provision of teachers to several orphanages, so young people could learn English during their stay over there.
At the end of 2012. John Eijnsbergen and Rien Zwaan travelled to Bali to investigate where further support could be provided. It became very clear that, extending the local support, only could be successful if the Foundation could make use of a local contact.
Contact was made with a Dutch teacher who was giving English lessons at a private Balinese school. She lives in Bali for many years already and is married to an Indonesian. Natasja van Heusden, now works full-time for the Foundation and coordinates all our activities on Bali.
Currently over 300 Balinese children receive English lessons on a regular basis, given at a number of schools in rural areas in the Sanur and Denpasar area. Next to this, all student and lesson materials are produced by the Foundation and “teach the teacher” workshops are given on a regular basis.
Crowner's Foundation is convinced that local support is the most effective way to help many young people on Bali and offer them a chance for a better future.