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With so much love for this unique island, it comes as no surprise that there are Bali projects popping up everywhere. Some are focused on tackling the environmental problems while others are working at community level and aim at improving education possibilities, livelihoods and health care.
Of course, we don't expect travelers to immediately check out all these projects during their holiday. We just listed a couple of them below to create awareness of the positive initiatives taking place and perhaps to stimulate other ideas that can be implemented in Bali or any other place which is struggling with these similar problems. Sharing knowledge, skills and ideas will lead to incredible solutions.
However if you do feel like helping a hand you can apply as a volunteer and actively contribute or simply buy great products of which the profit goes to support important work on the island.
Another great way of supporting projects in Bali is by staying at accommodations that have created or fund environmental or community projects. Great examples are Bali Eco Village, Eco Stay Bali, Bali Mountain Retreat and many more.
You see, even when your are holidaying in Bali it is easy to support a great project!
This movement aims at bringing the paradise back to Bali. Companies and individuals have come together to create public awareness on environmental and social issues. By building new partnerships and creating a sense of pride welovebali.org encourages people to take action, big or small.
To stimulate people (including you!) to say no to plastic this movement has created the 'Bag'Us' bag. A great name which can be interpreted as 'bagus' which means good in Indonesian or Bag Us as in, let's all go and use a real bag instead of plastic.
This great reusable and biodegradable bag can be found in many stores in Bali, and the profit goes to projects that welovebali.org supports such as Bumi Sehat (free health care for low income women), Bali Kids (free medical service for sick and orphaned kids), IDEP Foundation (provides education in permaculture and disaster relief) and GUS Foundation (improving Bali's environment).
Have a look at their website to see how great this bag is. You are very likely to be using it at home too.
C.V. Peduli Bali (also known as Bali Recycling) in Gianyar.
Bali Recycling aims at resource recovery which includes recycling, composting and processing materials that are considered waste and they use them to create new products. Their services involve proper waste management such as those of hazardous goods and batteries and ensuring that waste will be recycled or better yet 'up cycled' which means that old or discarded products and materials are given more value, not less.
Great examples are creating beautiful drinking glasses and vases from recycled glass bottles which were too expensive to process or designing trendy items made out of plastic that was first considered waste and creating paper bags from used newspaper. Here waste has a second and probably a better life!
If you are interested in creating your own items from glass, paper or plastic contact them through their website.
Eco Bali Recycling in Kuta
As soon as you learn about this project you will realize that there is no such thing as waste, as long as you recycle. And that is what Eco Bali Recycling does 100%. Their aim is 'Zero Waste' and they mean it! They focus on maximizing recycling, reducing quantity of waste to landfills and promote composting.
By using their own sorting and material recovery facility, providing a waste collection service, recycling, helping businesses to become more eco friendly and most importantly provide awareness and sustainable practical solutions. Their programs are focused on everybody in Bali, from businesses to local communities.
Reef Check Indonesia (RCI) is part of a world wide non profit organization that aims at empowering people to save the reefs and oceans. In Indonesia 1000 volunteers, divers, scientists, students and local communities work together to monitor the reefs, participate in collaborative management of stakeholders in preserving the coral and ocean and providing education.
The latter includes creating awareness among the young Balinese. Reef Check visits schools and communities and organizes activities such as beach clean ups, field visits and workshops. Here the main message is that a healthy reef is important for the communities' livelihood and their food security.
You can volunteer at Reef Check if you want to help them spread the awareness of the importance of the reefs in Bali. On their website, they list upcoming events and or other possibilities you are able to contribute to.
This Indonesian non-profit organization aims together with its international networks to protect the wildlife and forest of Indonesia and to prevent illegal trade and exploitation.
ProFauna has established an office in Bali mainly due to the illegal trade of sea turtles. Today together with other international organizations the trade has dropped with 80%. This organization now continues to protect the sea turtles and other wildlife in Bali through active law enforcement assistance, education at schools, campaigns and preservation.
Do you want to help ProFauna at saving the sea turtles in Bali? They offer volunteer programs in West Bali where you, together with the local community can assist in taking care, relocating and releasing of the hatchlings.
This inspiring project aims at conserving and reviving traditional weaving technique and natural dying on various Indonesian islands. These local practices are stimulated resulting in an amazing sustainable, natural and traditional work of art which at the same time ensures that this cultural heritage regains appreciation.
The textiles are sold according to the Fair Trade concept in the Ubud gallery. So when you go and have a look at the beautiful items and buy something you are ensured that the weavers have received a fair price, the working conditions were good, no child labour was involved, cultural well being will be maintained.
Have a look at their website to read more on what Threads of Life do. You can also see the beautiful products, so you know what to expect when you check out their shop in Ubud.
This non-profit humanitarian organization provides free education, training and assistance to poor communities while focusing on environmental sustainability to ensure future prospects. Underprivileged women and children gain valuable skills in sustainable agriculture, town planning and eco-tourism resulting in eco-friendly jobs and business opportunities.
At their “Island Sustainability Center” at Sawangan in Nusa Dua hands on training is provided, and all that is learnt is placed straight into practice. Waste collection to recycling, organic waste to composting, permaculture, minimizing the impact of ocean farming, renewable energies, water harvesting and environmental assistance are the on going projects in Bali.
If you are interested in their work and want to see more on what kind of positive impacts their projects have, you can visit the R.O.L.E. Foundation in Nusa Dua. They have great tours for kids and adults.
Bali Kids aims at helping poor children by providing quality medical treatment and health education. Registered orphanages and poor children from local villages are able to get free treatment at their center. If the child needs to be hospitalized then accommodation is provided, as well.
Besides ensuring that every sick child will receive all necessary treatment Bali Kids also has a mobile medical service that visits various places throughout Bali. Additionally health education is one of their priorities as preventative measures have led to a decline in infectious conditions and health problems.
If you want to support their work and give more smiles to the children lives, you can visit them during your holiday. You do need to make an appointment 2 weeks in advance. Check out their website for more details. Here you can also find their wish list if you want to donate something that will be put in good use.
Education in Indonesia is free up to 11 years old, nevertheless for the very poor it is still impossible to send their children to school as uniforms and school materials do need to be paid for. Additionally school are not always nearby making it difficult for children to attend. Therefore, this project aims at providing the possibilities for children to receive an education through sponsorship and access to school.
Besides their sponsorship and school programs the Bali Childrens Project also supports really poor families to ensure that the family conditions are stable, and the children are able to go to school. While education is essential, the cultural heritage is just as important. The project also provides the possibility for the children to learn more about the Balinese art and music so it will be conserved for future generations.
Volunteering Programs Bali is a straight forward way of travelers giving back to Bali. Volunteers from all over the world help children by teaching valuable skills or by assisting in various projects.
At the learning centers underprivileged kids can learn English, computer skills, organic farming and join activities such as recycling projects, dance, music, arts and sports. Disabled children can attend classes here too.
Their centers are found nearby Ubud and Tulamben (East Bali). Visit their website to find details on how to volunteer, and the facilities provided.
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