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Helen Flavel in a Class of Her Own

Australian Helen Flavel Receives 'Ambassador's Award' For Humanitarian Work on Behalf of the Poor of Bali.

(1/31/2011) Helen Flavel, the founder of the Helen Flavel Foundation (HFF-Australia) and the Peduli Sesama Helen Flavel Foundation (PSHFF-Indonesia), was recently honored together with the organizations she founded by the Indonesia government for humanitarian work on behalf of the people of Bali.

In a ceremony held on December 6, 2010, the Indonesian Ambassador to Canberra, H.E. Bapak Primo Joelianto, presented the award at a reception hosted by the Governor of South Australia at Government House, Adelaide.

Ambassador Joelinato, in presenting the award, said: "The Helen Flavel Foundation is working to eradicate poverty through education. Since 2004 the foundation has sponsored the schooling to Year 12 of more than 700 children in the northern area of Bali, as well as scholarships for university. Its centres for learning and other activities, at Singaraja, provide free board and weekly, on average, over 440 students attend classes on subjects ranging from English language and domestic care to computing."

Founded in 2004, HFF and PSHFF were established to provide educational opportunities for children from some of Bali's poorest families. Adopting a holistic approach, support is also extended to the families of children in the form of housing, bedding, furniture, medical support and other basic needs. Since its founding , 738 modest homes have been built or remodeled for the families of the children receiving education support.

The Helen Flavel Foundations latest award follows the Ambassador's Humanitarian Care Award bestowed by the Indonesian Embassy in Australia in 2009.

Related Links

[Helen Flavel Foundation Website]

[Helen Flavel - A True Friend of Bali in Australia]

[Dialogue: Helen Flavel - Aussie Humanitarian]