Evangeline Bilangi founded the orphanage Yayasan Hati Mama in the small fishing village Jimbaran in south Bali in 2002. Yayasan Hati Mama literally means “The foundation is the mother’s heart“ – and this name is based on the following story:
Teacher Debbie Moon’s first graders were discussing a picture of a family. One little boy in the picture had different colour hair from the other members of the family. One child suggested that he was adopted and a little girl said, “I know all about adoptions because I was adopted.” “What does it mean to be adopted?” asked another child. “It means,” said the girl, “that you grew in your mommy’s heart instead of her tummy.”
Our CFF-member Phoebe spent four months at the Yayasan Hati Mama House and was the first volunteer to work there. Everyday she studied, played and did handicraft with the children. She has a personal relation to the house and a special concern about this project. In 2012, the Yayasan Hati Mama lost their main sponsor and as a result faces financial difficulties. CFF supports the Yayasan Hati Mama Organisation so that Evangeline and the Children have a nice home and access to proper education.