A fortuitous friendship After selling food and souvenirs to tourists on the beach in childhood, girls will typically marry young, raise a family, and weave or work in the rice fields.
But a fateful meeting between one little girl and two Australian tourists 17 years ago has transformed the lives of eight young women from the village and those of the Australians. Bendigo couple Peter and Heather Smith were on Lombok enjoying their first overseas trip together in 2000 when they met a little girl, about eight years old, carrying a pineapple on her head as she sold the tropical fruit to beachgoers. Heather struck up a conversation with the little ray ban sale girl, whose name was Tari. "I was really sort of taken with her, ray ban official store she was a really sweet, quiet little thing, with this oversized t shirt with this little pineapple that looked big on her," she recalls. The following year, Heather and Peter returned for their honeymoon and again found Tari on the beach, this time selling sarongs with her cousin. Upon their return to Australia, they thought they would like to help the young girl in some way, so the next year they returned for a third time, this trip meeting Tari's family. But the couple decided helping just one girl might create problems in the village, so instead decided to assist the group of girls with whom Tari worked on the beach. Eventually, three years ray ban jackie ohh ii after they first met Tari, they set up what has become known as the Penyalu Project, providing financial assistance to the eight girls with their education. Peter and Heather explained that establishing the project took a little time because they needed to build up that trusting relationship with the girls and the families At that stage the girls were in primary school, and the couple thought they would provide financial assistance for fees, exams, uniforms and the like during their schooling years. But towards the end of the secondary schooling, on one of their many visits to Penyalu, Peter and Heather asked the girls if any were thinking of going to university. Some said they would love to, but it was too expensive. Peter and Heather wanted to give them a hand, but knew they would not be able to do it without a little help.
"We didn't want to disappoint them, we wanted to do something that we knew was polarized ray bans sustainable and would work for them," Heather said. "So we talked about what we were doing to some family and friends and work colleagues, and in the end, we have 22 sponsors who are involved with the project So without those people, this project wouldn't be happening.".
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