Avalon International Academy works with a range of charities and supports various different causes around the globe. We support the following in a variety of ways including creating employment opportunities, volunteer-time and direct donations. Your participation in one of our programmes has direct impact on these causes.
As well as registered charities, Avalon works closely with local artists and craftspeople to support the arts of local communities and enable traditional crafts to continue being passed through families. We become patrons to individual artists as well as performance groups. Through creating work opportunities and becoming patron to local artists we aim to support the unique culture of the regions we work in.
Charities and causes that we work with:
BARC: Bali-Dog Adoption Rehabilitation Centre
BARC is an Australian-registered organisation which works tirelessly to provide relief for dogs in need in Bali. They have a strict no-kill policy and aim to relieve the neglect and abuse of street dogs through care, community awareness, and education.
BAWA: Bali Animal Welfare Association
BAWA is a non-profit organisation based in Bali, Indonesia, that works to save, protect and improve the lives of all animals in Bali and beyond. They provide emergency response and rescue, food and medication, rehabilitation and adoption. BAWA practices humane population control, disease control and runs intensive education and advocacy programs for sustainable improvement to animal welfare.
Sekeha Suara Alam, Ubud, Bali
The group is a traditional shadow-puppet performance troupe based at Oka Kartini in Ubud, Bali. They were the first to ever perform Wayang Kulit puppetry for public audiences, bring this ritual and ceremonial form into the public eye for the very first time. They have gained media attention for their high-quality, innovative yet authentic style of performance, and were recently filmed by CNN and featured by National Geographic. Avalon recognises the importance of the unique and ancient tradition which the group are working hard to keep alive and seek to support these artists who have little income from performing.
Gambuh Desa Batuan Ensemble, Batuan, Bali
Gambuh is Bali's oldest form of dance-drama, comparable to Noh in Japanese theatrical tradition. The Gambuh Desa Batuan Ensemble was founded in 1993 in the village of Batuan as a project by the Italian dancer Cristina Wistari Formaggia. Initially supported by the Ford Foundation, its aim was to preserve and transmit the practice of this dance drama among the younger generation. Today, in addition to teaching boys and girls, the Gambuh Desa Batuan Ensemble performs regularly in its village, in the temples of Bali and abroad. In 2001 the Gambuh Desa Batuan Ensemble was awarded the Wijakosuma prize by the Indonesian government. It is a permanent part of Theatrum Mundi, the intercultural ensemble of ISTA, International School of Theatre Anthropology, which is directed by Eugenio Barba and based in Denmark. The Gambuh Desa Batuan Ensemble is held together and continues to grow its reach thanks to the passion and volunteered time of local people, and works hard to keep the once-dying form of Gambuh dance-drama alive.