METTA MAMA AND MAGGHA FOUNDATION
A Bali based orphanage taking care of abandoned babies
Founder story: Maggha Karaneya – a teen philanthropist
By all accounts Maggha Karaneya is a normal 17 year old girl, she is a little shy, loves fashion and is an avid book reader, but behind this quiet exterior is an established social activist advocating for those in her community that are unable to do so for themselves. Whilst the word Philanthropy is not readily associated with teens Maggha is proof that with focus and belief combined with time and energy that Teens can certainly change our world by engaging in real life issues and purposeful work in the community.
Maggha comes from a long line of philanthropists her Grandmother Ibu Erlina Kang is well known in the Bali community for her charitable donations to multiple causes, and her parents Cahyadi and Vivi had involved their 3 daughters in charitable activities since a very young age. Instead of indulging the girls in elaborate birthday parties Cahyadi and Vivi would take them to homes of those less fortunate and celebrate with donations of food, their mission is to guide their daughters to become compassionate and grateful human beings.
It was after one particularly emotional visit to a poorly funded local orphanage that Maggha felt compelled to act. At just 15 she told her Mother that she wanted to create a sanctuary for abandoned babies one where they would have a high quality of life, equal opportunities and experience genuine love and care. Maggha had the maturity and foresight to know that Social Work would be her future and with the support of her parents she chose to finish her high schooling through home schooling and to dually focus on seeing Yayasan Metta Mama and Maggha come to fruition.
With the facility secured and a well-researched plan of action ready to go, Maggha and her Mother began the task of registering Yayasan MM & M with the Government in order that their facility would be government approved and their activities transparent. Maggha’s dream became a reality in 2015 and their first baby Raka arrived shortly thereafter, they have now taken 11 babies into their care and with support of the local and international communities have gone on to create the most heartwarming baby sanctuary one could imagine.
Yayasan MM & M is staffed by qualified nurses, they are well supported by the local medical fraternity, and they have a very important volunteer and donor program, which also includes breast milk donations giving the babies the very best start in life.
Maggha heads up the foundation, is actively involved on the ground with the babies, she guides the programs and plans and is closely involved with all of the processes that are undertaken when a new baby is in need of their sanctuary, all of this whilst completing her Senior Year of schooling.
This is just the beginning for Maggha she understands that in regards to those in hardship there is so much to be done and so many in need, and she remains quietly committed to doing everything she possibly can to change her community for the better.
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