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Please help us at Ganesha Bookshop to support local schools, libraries and charitable organisations in Bali by donating books purchased on our website (click here) or in our stores in Bali.

Our aim is to foster literacy, learning and a love of reading throughout the Balinese Community. Customers can purchase books at the store or on-line and ask for the purchase to be donated to the school or library of their choice.

For children we recommend dictionaries, picture books, stories, folktales and children's books for ages 4 to 12 years. We have a selection of bilingual (Indonesian/English), Bahasa Indonesian and English books from which to choose.

For young people in high school we recommend dictionaries, non-fiction, and Indonesian fiction, poetry and prose.

For adults in rehabilitation we recommend Indonesian Fiction, Poetry and Prose.

We are currently donating books to:

TK & SD Patas (Kindergarten & Elementary School Patas)
SD Saraswati Sukawati (Elementary School)
TK Sandi Kresna (Kindergarten) /A.D.E.D.V.I Organisation
Bali Wise Literacy Program for the disadvantaged
Kalisada Children's Library Project in Seririt North Bali
Coba Baca Library in Lovina North Bali
Ginantri Foundation : School and Orphanage in Gianyar
ABC Agung Bali Children's Foundation - Free English Program in 6 schools : 3 in Pejeng, 1 Bug Bug, 2 in Kemenuh
Jodie O'Shea Orphanage in Denpasar
SMP Negeri 2 Ubud, Junior High with 800 pupils
SD1 Sumerta Denpasar Elementary School
Sjaki-Tari-Us School for Mentally Disabled Children
Suta Dharma School Ubud - Elementary School
East Bali Poverty Project - Schooling for impoverished children in East Bali
Bali Children's Project 13 Kindergartens: 6 Kindergartens in Singaraja, 1 in Bangli, 1 in Karangasem, 2 in Tegalalang and 3 in Ubud
Rotaract Club of Ubud Mobile Library
Bali Hati Elementary School
Kelabang Moding Elementary School
SD2 Pejeng Elementary School
SD3 Bongkasa Elementary School
SD4 Singapadu Kaler Elementary School
SD2 Samu Singapadu Elementary School
Pondok Pekak Library and Learning Centre

TK (Kindergarten) PATAS & SD (Elementary School) PATAS

PATAS is a small village situated about 45 minutes North East of Ubud in the sub-district of Tegallalang. It is primarily a farming community growing rice, coffee, cocoa, fruit and vegetables. The village received a small grant from the government to start a kindergarten and the money each year seems to decrease. The Elementary school has over 120 children attending and there is a small library on the premises. But both the Kindergarten and the Elementary school are in desperate need of new books to put in their very stark bookshelves. Please consider helping this small village in their efforts to educate their children.

Sd Saraswati Sukawati (Elementary School)

This school is situated in the village of Sukawati. They have a comprehensive English lesson program and so books in English are welcome. Classes 1, 2 and 3 receive English lessons 4 times per week. Classes 4, 5 and 6 receive 5 hours per week. Usually the Indonesian teachers are accompanied by a native English speaker for these lessons. As it is a fairly new school, they are really lacking in good reading material. Please help us to help this school fill their library shelves with lots of good books in both English and Indonesian.

TK Sandi Kresna (Kindergarten) /A.D.E.D.V.I Organisation

This wonderful kindergarten in Tampaksiring (13 km from Ubud) has been named as the best kindergarten in Gianyar regency. Using the Montessori method of teaching/learning, this kindergarten is also based on the Indonesian national curriculum. Regular volunteers help out at the kindergarten and each day the school is filled with eager children wishing to learn more and delve into the books in the library. Please help up us assist them in their endeavours to continue providing quality kindergarten classes for these Balinese children in Tampaksiring.

Bali Wise Literacy for the disadvantaged.

BALI WISE Literacy for the disadvantaged. Bali Wise is an organisation whose vision it is to break the poverty cycle through the education of Women and Girls. At the present time, they are running afternoon classes for both boys and girls who cannot attend formal schooling. The classes offered are in literacy, English language, maths and science and are from Monday to Friday from 1 till 4 pm. The ages of the children are from 5 year to 14 years of age. Also, Bali Wise is looking for reading material for their Women's group who are attending classes in hospitality, computer skills, cooking and more. Novels for adults (ages 17 - 40) in Bahasa Indonesia would be an appropriate addition to their resources. Volunteering is available at Bali Wise, so contact us for more information.

Kalisada Children's Library Project

This project is part of a wider education project in North Bali by Bali Hearts Organisation - a small group of dedicated individuals who are actively helping disadvantaged children to continue with their education. There is a severe lack of access to books in this area of Bali so Kalisada Children's Library will address this problem. The local children will be able to visit the library after school and borrow books each week. Activities such as story telling, book making etc are also planned.

Coba Baca Library Lovina


This is an amazing library for Balinese children in Lovina, North Bali. This library has 1700 members and growing! It is in need of bilingual books for the younger children but also books in Bahasa Indonesia for the older children and adults who attend the library. Coba Baca is also actively assisting children in Lovina with their education by providing courses in English, Dutch, Indonesian, Commputer Skills, Drama and Handicrafts. This library will become a real focal point for education in North Bali.

Yayasan Peduli Kemanusiaan (YPK)

Yayasan Peduli Kemanusiaan is also known as the Bali Humanity Care Foundation and it is dedicated to supporting children and adults with physical disabilities, with a particular focus on those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. These people have a range of conditions including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, congenital physical abnormalities and those suffered the effects of illness and accidents. In 2010 YPK started an Informal Education Program and there are currently 25 children who attend the program and receive an academic and/or life skills based education. They are very low on resources and in particular story books in Bahasa Indonesian.

Jody O'Shea Orphanage

Jody O'Shea Orphanage was opened in loving memory of Jody O'Shea who died in 2002 Bali Bombing. The home currently houses around 60 children from 1 year to 18 years of age. Most are a from the island of Sumba, a very poor and arid island to the east of Bali, some from Bali and a few from the other islands of Indonesia. All of them had grown up malnourished in poverty stricken areas, usully within one parent families. Today they are enjoying a healthy diet, an education at the local school, being nurtured and cared for and having the freedom to simply be children. They are in need of Story Books in Bahasa Indonesian.

SMP Negeri 2 Ubud/Ubud 2 Junior High School

Smp Negeri 2 Ubud is a very progressive school with a very committed teaching staff. The school was recently awared the Green Award 2012 for its dedication to Environmental issues, particularly in the areas of recycling, tree planting and the school policy of not allowing children to ride motorbikes to school - only bicycles. They are constantly looking for ways to improve their environment and are also committed to a very progressive way of teaching. The school is in need of novels in Indonesian as well as dictionaries and atlases and books on the environment.

SD 1 Sumerta Denpasar / Elementary School

SD 1 Sumerta is a very typical Elementary School in Denpasar. It has recently undergone a refurbishment and now has a wonderful room set aside as a library area for all the children to use at any time. The are in desperate need of story books in Indonesian and also Bilingual Indonesian/English story books.

Sjaki-Tari-Us Foundation

Sjaki-Tari-Us Foundation is in the heart of Ubud, near the Soccer Field. The Foundation's purpose is to support, counsel and accompany children with a mental disability in their development and participation in society. Their motto is:

Not Less, but differently gifted. They run play and learn classes for parents/caretakers and children and many more programs developed specifically for these disabled children. Recently they started a small library on the premises and this is where Books for Bali Project is helping. Please consider donating books from our website or come in to our store and purchase some picture books and early readers for this wonderful organisation.

Rotaract Club of Bali Ubud MOBILE LIBRARY

The Mobile Library of the Rotaract Club of Bali, Ubud is currently working in the Payangan and Tampaksiring elementary schools and we hope to spread out further afield in the near future. Staff from Ganesha Bookshop travel with the Rotaract Mobile Library and assist in the various programs in each school.


The Library program consists of: learning to read in both Bahasa Indonesia and in English through fun lessons, storytime, games and singing. The main focus of the program however, is to provide books for children who rarely have the opportunity to sit and read stories for pleasure. Please help us to expand this Mobile Library Project throughout all the regions of Bali. If you are coming to Bali and would like to donate used children's books please do drop them off at our bookshops in either Ubud or in Kerobokan/Seminyak.

SD 3 Pejeng Elementary School

This school had an unused building on site that was renovated and now houses the school library. As it is so new, it is in urgent need of books to fill the waiting shelves. The students are all keen learners and have asked for books that not only will explain the world outside Bali but also help them to face the challenges that they will face in the future i.e. climate change, resource development etc. Sd Pejeng is committed to developing a great reading habit amongst the school population.

SD3 Bongkasa Elementary School

SD3 Bongkasa is one of our new projects. We have been able to install an after-school reading program with extra English lessons attached. The students all love this program and each afternoon it is jam packed with lots of smiling faces all eager to get into the stories and books on offer. Sometimes we have more that 50 students turn up!

SD4 Singapadu Elementary School

This school is situated in the small village of Belang and is very remote. It accommodates around 200 pupils from Grade 1 to 6. There is a small library in the school but it owns very few books. SD4 urgently requires more books and other reading materials to provide a vital part of the students' education in literacy and language. In the picture here you can see the Books for Bali Project Book Plate inserted into the library book. This book was donated by one of our supportive customers.

SD2 Samu Singapadu Kaler

Our newest addition to the Books for Bali Project. This lovely little school is a pet project of Made Rohani, manager of Ganesha Bookshop. She and her friends at the Banjar Saraswati have built a new library in this school and each week donate their time to assist the school in extra-curricular activities, such as English Reading lessons etc.
They are in need of your support! Please donate books to fill their new shelves.

Pondok Pekak Libaray and Resource Centre

Pondok Pekak Library, on the east side of the soccerfield in Ubud, has been working tirelessly to foster education, literacy and learning amongst the young people of the village of Ubud. The library has a wonderful collection of both Indonesian and English Books as well as games and puzzles. It runs with a committed group of volunteers and is open three afternoons a week.


The East Bali Poverty Project

The East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP) is a non-profit organisation established in 1998 by a British resident of Bali after an appeal for help by an isolated mountain community, forgotten by time and progress. This project is working to reduce poverty and to empower illiterate and malnourished children through education. They have established a small library which is being well used by the local children.

The Suta Dharma School

Suta Dharma, which opened in 1997, has an enrolment of 170 students ranging from kindergarten to age 12. About half the students are Balinese, with the other half evenly divided between Indonesians from other islands and Western children from six countries. The school's financial resources are constantly challenged due to the economic crisis and political change in Indonesia, making it increasingly difficult to provide a rich education for its students. Donations of children's books in Indonesia and English would be very welcome.

Kelabang Moding Elementary School

This very typical local Balinese School has 130 students over a range of classes from 1 to 6. During 2005/6, and with the help of a group of very dedicated American families, this school has been partially renovated to include a brand new library room and shelves of new educational and fictional books. The library now consists of 400 books in both Bahasa Indonesia and in English some bilingual. The staff and students at the school have been very excited by the library and are keen to keep adding in new books in both languages.

Bali Children's Project : Escaping Poverty Through Education

Although each village in Bali has its own individual character, the schools all share common problems. Classrooms are uniformly basic, and all too frequently in poor physical condition. Roofs often leak, and with desks, doors & windows broken. Teachers struggle under rudimentary conditions with few, if any, educational materials or teaching aids. Even so, many of these dedicated individuals long for more training and better teaching tools. The children respond with heartwarming enthusiasm to the smallest improvements, their minds full of curiosity and willingness to learn. Bali Children's Project and Books for Bali is working with these schools to create wonderful learning environments. One of these schools is situated in the village of Penestanan and it is in great need of new library books to feed these eager minds!

Bali Hati School, Mas Ubud

Bali Hati School was started as a kindergarten in 1999 and now offers elementary grades 1 through 6. In July 2006, at its first 6th grade graduation, the school was ranked No. 1 in Ubud and No. 7 in Gianyar Regency, in association with SDN 6 Mas, from approximately 300 elementary schools based on the students' achievement in the government's national graduation examination.

While following the National Curriculum, the school enriches its child-centered, interactive learning program with English and computer classes, class projects, public speaking, cooking, arts and crafts, story telling and field trips. A bilingual program in the elementary school began in July 2007.

PLEASE JOIN US IN PROMOTING LITERACY AND LEARNING THROUGHOUT THE BALINESE COMMUNITY by DONATING A BOOK.


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