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Monday's #mantra. Today we live by – We rise by lifting others. 

It was nearly this time last year that was the day we would never forget. It was that day we met Raldi and Kaldi for the first time. Upon first meeting them, the eight year old Sumba Islander twins had nothing more than a narrow smile, with no words of english spoken. Raldi ran to hug me with open arms and just stood in front of my legs hold my arms, as we waited for his brother to come home from a shopping trip. 

We then met Gabe and Ambu who were both full of life and had the biggest heart, they were both happy playing on a iPhone whilst sitting on our knee.

As we were waiting we asked to see the youngest orphans, breaking our hearts the youngest at the time was only 12 months old, Daniel. The baby area was at the top of a three level building with a narrow stairs with one large double bed. This is where two babies slept. The was a understated shelf with baby products and nappies, and it was hot but only to us. Daniel was playing happily and most of all healthy.

We then got into Yus's truck and drove to the LotteMart, so we could shop for the week. Here we bought everything from catfish to brooms. It was here that we meet Kaldi, and it was hard to tell the difference between the two.

The LotteMark was huge, (like Costco) and the kids loved it. We were given a list of items from Rio the manager, which was truly helpful.


Top row L-R: Jessica, Bec, Yus and Marja Bottom row L-R: Raldi, Kaldi, Ambu and Gabe

We then came back and unpacked the shopping in the kitchen, and played soccer with the boys new soccer balls that we bought them for Christmas.

At this time of year we love to donate to our friends at Jodie O'Shea Orphanage. It cover the bare basics that every child deserves education, clothes, food and water for a year for each boy. Why do we do this? To get this letter eight months after we met the twins which was written in english from Raldi made it all the worth while. To see the difference our donation has made to their lives has left us speechless.

So indeed, we do rise by lifting others. 


The home was built in loving memory of Jodie O'Shea who tragically died as a result of the Bali bombing in 2002. They have 92 children in our care, the youngest being Gracie who is 6 months old.

Here is the wish list of items the home is wishing for or donate directly. As we are visiting again next week, feel free to pass things onto us to take over!

It was so helpful, having our driver Yus as he could translate as the kids were so young and couldn't yet speak english.

Jodie O'Shea Orphanage
Jalan Pulo Moyo - Gang Telkom II Pedungan
Denpasar Selatan - Bali 80222 Indonesia
Phone: +62 (361) 725-076

LotteMart Wholesale
Bali, JL. Raya Ngurah Rai No. 222X, Sesetan
Denpasar - Bali 80223, Indonesia

So next time your in Bali, be sure to pay Jodie O'Shea Orphanage a visit, it is life changing.