Founded in 2013, Stella’s Child exists to support Indonesian youths from deeply disadvantaged backgrounds as they prepare to leave children's homes and orphanages and enter the world of work. We equip these youths, aged 12-19, with the skills they need to succeed in life and break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. We are an efficient and effective grassroots organization. Our innovative, interlinked programs provide the life skills, real world business experience and employment connections necessary to access job opportunities they would otherwise be denied.
Too many disadvantaged youths enter the Indonesian workforce under prepared and under skilled. Through our business-minded approach to positive youth development, we help young people rediscover their dreams or create new ones, then work with them to develop the necessary experience to make them real. Our entrepreneurship program enables participants to learn business by doing business. We then connect participants with highly skilled mentors and forward-thinking companies looking for talent. All of this enables these youths to succeed on their own terms, through their own abilities.
Supporting Stella's Child is an investment in the potential of the children we work with and in the future of Indonesia.
Meet the Team
Timothy J. Cameron
Founder and Executive Director
Tim spent 25 years working at senior levels in education and financial services in the USA, including running his own successful businesses. He became a recognized expert in senior management, strategic planning and development, creative problem solving and team building, and served as Chief of Staff in the United States Department of Education.
In 2013, he travelled around South East Asia. As an education expert he was distressed by the drastic inequalities in education in the countries he visited, and how this led to poverty being repeated through generations. At the same time, he began to realize how many entrepreneurs and professionals from around the world were based in the region, and were eager to do something to help tackle inequality. He realized that matching this developed talent with the undeveloped talent of South East Asia’s children might be part of the solution to the limited opportunities he had observed, and the idea for Stella’s Child was born.
Inspired, he left the corporate world, sold his possessions and moved to Bali to set up Stella’s Child with his own money. His strategic, ambitious, results driven approach saw the organization rapidly expand from working with 15 children to almost 300 just 3 years later. The network of expert volunteers who have signed up to support his vision and help mentor the children to become entrepreneurs and dynamic potential employees has grown by 200%, and include representatives from more than 20 countries across Europe, Asia and the Americas.
The Stella’s Child programs he developed and implemented have borne extraordinary results, and led to 100% of its graduates going on to find meaningful employment - with earnings exponentially higher than the national minimum wage. Driven by Tim’s passion, vision strategic thinking, management expertise and creativity, Stella’s Child has only just begun.
I Komang Andreas
Office Administrator and Creative Artist
Born in Karangasem Village, Bali, Andre, age 18, has the dream to start his own business designing and art work. Andre is a graduate of the 2014 and 2015 Stella’s Child Entrepreneurship Program where he developed his talents in the areas of design and business. He currently serves as a mentor to younger youth in the program to share his knowledge and talents in product design, leadership and communications.
Our Child Protection Policy
Our Child Protection Policy affirms Stella’s Child fundamental belief that children have the right to be protected and free from abuse and exploitation. Stella’s Child endorses that this Policy considers relevant national and international standards including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Australian Government’s Child Protection Policy (2013).
This policy seeks to address the important issue of child protection at all levels affected by the work and operations including all activities of Stella’s Child program, and will be revised regularly to ensure it remains relevant and complies with current legislation. Stella’s Child believes that the protection of children from abuse and exploitation is the responsibility of all those who participate in the workspace and operations of Stella’s Child, including staff, directors, volunteers, interns, contractors, and customers.
For further information, please open our PDF where you can find out about all the details of our Child Protection Policy.