Fashion entrepreneur Margaret (Marg) Barry is the inspirational founder and leader of the Bali Children Foundation. Based in Bali for over 20 years. Marg has considerable experience in vocational and educational projects throughout Bali and it was her work in these fields which led to the establishment of BCF more than 15 years ago. For her work, Marg was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2018.
“I grew up in a small remote country area in Victoria, Australia and I saw my father help our local community, witnessing what one man’s effort in a relatively short life could achieve. He died when I was only 15 and I was the eldest of six children. After the 2002 Bali bombing, I wondered what would make the most difference here in Bali where I have spent the last 20 years. It had to be education, which would give the children from poor, disadvantaged areas access to the best jobs in Bali. This was a way out of poverty.”