Hi from BaliThis is a first for us at Kingdom Kids Home!
|'Bun in his village in 2006|
Tambun, who was one of the first four boys that came to us from Bukit Sari (a village in remote N.E. Bali) in 2007, and who hadn’t started school at 7 years of age, had no prospect for any schooling, and now wants to go to medical school to become a doctor. Not only that, he wants to return to his village when he has completed his training and set up a clinic as there are no medical facilities at all in his village or the surrounding area.
He is a brilliant student, having been put in special classes in both Junior and Senior High School where he completed 6 years of high school in 4 years. He was one of 15 children from Klungkung regency to complete the course.
In March Tambun applied to UPH Medical University in Jakarta, probably the top medical university in Indonesia. He was chosen to sit the entrance exam from 4,000 applicants and came 3rd.
But sadly Tambun won't be able to attend UPH because he was unable to secure a scholarship as there are apparently very few on offer from UPH this year, and the cost is way above our means.
|Waiting to sit his entrance exam to UPH Uni|
We are currently looking at all options, and Tambun is applying at other Universities, however regardless of where he goes it will be relatively expensive. It has been a dilemma for us as we know there is so much we could do with the money needed to send him to Uni, however after considerable prayer and thought we believe it is justified. Firstly, the impact he could have in helping the genuinely needy with no hope of medical care (he has a genuine heart to do this). Secondly, the witness he will have in his village and surrounding area. Thirdly, the example he would be to the rest of the kids. And last but not least, the realization of the God given talent he has.
Once we have all of the options evaluated and are able to determine the best and most affordable, we plan to start a fund raiser to put him through Uni, and to realize his dream of becoming a doctor. So this is a heads up folks for you to consider coming on board and spreading the word (you can refer people to this blog page).
Another option we will be looking at, although not the preferred one will be an overseas student scholarship at an Australian University.
All for now, will keep you posted.