Westerlaken Foundation


Mission Statement

Westerlaken foundation tries to create a better Bali with our programs on human and children rights, the marine environment, cultural heritage and emergency relief.


Westerlaken foundation is a Dutch non-profit organisation, founded in 2018, as a follow up of foundation soul surf project Bali (founded in 2007) by Rodney Westerlaken. 
​Westerlaken Foundation focuses on:
- human rights
- children rights
- coastal and marine environment
- emergency relief
- issues on cultural heritage management

Program Details

Our work relating to human and children rights:Westerlaken foundation focuses on improving human and children rights in Indonesia:
Recently the foundation published a research focused on children rights within orphanages on Bali. Also the foundation, together with Bali Kids has financed and initiated the rescue and medical care of a small baby with possible HIV infection, who was likely to be dumped and left to die, in 2019. 
Our work for the coastal and marine environment:
In cooperation with other foundations, movements, NGO's and GO's Westerlaken foundation finances research and initiatives to protect the coastal and marine environment by raising public awareness, campaign, research and fight against captivity. 
Westerlaken foundation finances the work of Yayasan Bali Bersih, the Indonesian counterpart of Westerlaken Foundation, which is actively engaged in providing first response to strandings and emergencies of stranded dolphins, whales and sea turtles and actively campaigns against dolphin captivity in Indonesia. Westerlaken Foundation assists Jakarta Animal Aid Network and Dolphin Project in the savings and relocation of the ex-Melka resort captive dolphins. Hopefully other (ex-captive) rescue missions will follow in 2020. 
Our work relating to issues on cultural heritage management:
Westerlaken foundation assists in and focuses on the return of cultural heritage to Bali, Indonesia. On 10 oktober 2019 Westerlaken Foundation returned 3 tombaks and 1 kerns taken after the puputan Klungkung to the palace of Klungkung. Westerlaken foundation has been able to acquire these tombaks from the Dutch commercial market. 
Our work on emergency relief:
Westerlaken foundation actively financed relief to people effected by the 2018 Lombok earthquakes. Currently we are active in emergency relief related to COVID-19 on Bali. 
Primary Issue
Jl Yudistira, Gg Nusa Indah 7
Seminyak, Bali 80361
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