Our projects across Java and West Sumatra provide educational facilities and activities to hundreds of children and youth who come from underprivileged backgrounds. Some join only to learn through play, whilst others have a more defined objective, which may be within the field of badminton or in any of our other educational activities.
Some young adult members are pursuing studies they could not afford on their own or becoming professional badminton athletes, which would be an impossible dream without the support of the Foundation. Others choose to start working and we support them in their search and through their first years of work until they become independent.
In our view, the future is theirs to build, one by one, with our guidance and our support. We consider ourselves facilitators, mentors and educators who understand that together we can achieve so much more and so much better. We help them to widen their horizons, then help them grow dreams in their hearts and in their minds and then we help them to make it all happen.
Experience has also taught us that to be successful, projects must come from within a person or a community and not from without. Thus, every program emerges from the needs of the local community and may use a different means to the same long-term goals.
Our badminton club, Bintang Solibad Indonesia, is fully registered with the PBSI and has many teams across Java and Sumatra. Every team’s name was chosen by the young players. The club is sponsored by Solibad, by badminton businesses, by friends and through private funding.
All our Projects – Geographically:
- Bekasi – D.K.I. Jakarta
The “10 Bintang” (“The 10 Stars”) badminton team was our first. Originally composed of 10 young players, it now has more than 30 youth from varied underprivileged socio-economic backgrounds.
Situated on the outskirts of Jakarta, it is open to disadvantaged children from the local neighbourhood, many of whom are young trash collectors or children of day labourers. The mission of this project is to provide children with a constructive and supporting structure, to have fun and also to help many of them to become fully certified international coaches or referees. Some may also get employment in one of the many big Indonesian companies that like to hire good badminton players for the company team. One of our first “Bintang” is now working with Decathlon, thanks to his badminton skills.
These young athletes receive healthy meals or fruits after every training session, as well as vitamins.
In Bekasi, we also have the “BSI Semi-Ultimate”, the door of entry to our “BSI Ultimate” professional team, situated in Yogyakarta. The select few come from very disadvantaged backgrounds or they are young talented promising athletes for whom it would be impossible to pursue professional badminton on their own.
In Bekasi, we also have a Learning Space, where we offer, for free, English lessons, homework support, toys, games and a library.
- Yogyakarta – Central Java
In Yogya, we have 3 badminton teams et 2 Learning Spaces.
The Learning Spaces are in the center of town “Bintang 17” and outside the city, in a small village, that is “Bintang Opak“. There we offer numerous educational activities, such as drama, music, dancing, drawing, as well as toys, games and a library.
The badminton teams are “BSI Ultimate “, with training 6h/day – 6 days/week. The other 2 teams are “Bintang Watu Gilang” and “Bintang Kali”, both situated in small villages, south of Yogyakarta.
- Brondongrejo – Purworejo (Central Java)
The name of our project here is “Bintang Paseban”. It is the latest addition to the family! Children and youth in Brondongrejo mainly learn traditional dancing, but there is also a young badminton team!
- Tanjungrejo – Pati (Central Java)
“Bintang Muria” owes its name to the volcano situated near this poor village. This Learning Space supports children in their homework. They also read the Coran and study calligraphy, music, toys and games and a have a library and a badminton team.
It is also in Tanjungrejo that we have our E-Bike Production and Assembling Project, “SoliBike”. This new project has the ambition to develop our own engines and batteries, with time. It was set up to offer new economic opportunities to the villagers who, mainly, produce cassava and also to join the emerging Green Movement in Indonesia.
- Padang – West Sumatra
“Bintang Saiyo” means “United Stars” in Minang language. This project is one very passionate team of young badminton athletes.
- Valley of Harau – West Sumatra
The “Bintang Harau” Learning Space and Badminton team are situated at the very end of a most beautiful valley with no internet connection, a few hours driving from Padang through the most stunning panorama. In an old heritage Minang house, the children learn dancing and English. They also play and read from the small library that we have there and they play badminton.
1. Scholarships Our “Sang Bintang”
Project, which means “The” Star offers scholarships to selected students at any level of education, from Kindergarten all the way to University, as well as in specialised schools.
2. Health and Medical Support
Children and youth who do not have access to sufficient and nourishing food have difficulties learning and concentrating. Thus, meals and fruit are provided to our most needy members, as well as medical support, when necessary.
3. Community Projects
We strive to encourage projects to emerge from within a community, to be developed and run by its members, with our support and with our guidance. We build structural facilities, provide training, sports and educational material and ensure that every project runs according to our philosophy, with respect for local traditions and beliefs.
4. Outings and Travels
We believe in a holistic education, which allows children and youth to broaden their perspective on life through sports and educational activities, but also through travelling, discovering new cultures and through having the opportunity to taste life beyond their everyday experience and boundaries. Thus, we organise trips and outings to cultural performances and exhibitions as well as travels to other parts of Indonesia and even abroad, if they finish their school education with success.
We welcome local and international volunteers who offer skills they will enrich the children’s lives and braided their horizons and this, in any and every field of work. We do not ask volunteers to pay, but we request your CV and a motivation letter. If accepted, we will offer you a most enriching and beautiful experience teaching the children or helping our team. If you are interested, do not hesitate to send your file and we will answer you promptly.