Our Bali Heroes

Remembering Bali’s Beloved John Fawcett

Our Bali Heroes | Feb 12, 2019

In 2017, Bali lost an unsung hero, but his legacy will live on through the lives of his foundation and their patients. Young John Fawcett was an aspiring art teacher; he was a skilful ceramist, a hard worker, but most of all, John was a loving husband and a father of two. His love affair […]

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Say Bye Bye to Plastics with The Komitmen: An Interview with Melati Wijsen

Our Bali Heroes | Jan 02, 2019

Five years ago, the Bali born and bred sisters started a revolution on the island, now they are transforming businesses in Bali and have appeared live on CNN before Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa. Melati Wijsen, one of two Wijsen sisters from Bye-Bye Plastic Bag fame, arrived at the semi-vacant restaurant in Pererenan with a cardboard […]

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BASABali : Preserving Balinese in the Digital World

Our Bali Heroes | Dec 17, 2018

There are all kinds of languages in the world. From verbal to visual communication, we can agree that language is one instrument we have in common. Some of us, however, may have nestled comfortably in one linguistic bubble that we tend to ignore a variety of other languages practised around the globe. Did you know […]

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Future Farmers Indonesia : Saving The Country’s Agrarian Industry

Our Bali Heroes | Nov 12, 2018

As a predominantly agrarian society, we would think that Indonesia has excelled in self-sufficient food production. Not only owing to the bountiful nature and supportive climate the nation is blessed with but also the available labour force. The reality, however, is Indonesia’s rural agricultural labour continues to decline with 70% of current working farmers aged […]

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Pink Ribbon : Bali Without Breast Cancer

Our Bali Heroes | Oct 02, 2018

Breast cancer has become the leading killer in the world population of women since the last decade. Age is the strongest risk factor for this disease. It can strike at any age, but it usually affects women ages 35 to 54. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), more than a million […]

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Say Bye Bye to Plastic Bags : A Bali-Born Initiative

Our Bali Heroes | Sep 07, 2018

It doesn’t take much to see that this island is drowning in plastic, and that there is no escaping from this reality. Who is going to do something about it? Sometimes we forget that it only takes one person to create change. Instead of pointing fingers, asking people to change the world, why not look […]

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Education and the Efforts to Grow Bali’s Next Generation

Our Bali Heroes | Aug 09, 2018

Contrary to popular belief, Bali’s tourism industry which is growing at an unprecedented rate doesn’t always impact people living in rural areas. The myth of the ‘trickle down effect’ strikes again, it seems. Many families in rural areas are caught in the poverty trap with little or even no income to survive – this helps to explain the huge number […]

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Protecting Paradise: Bali’s Environmental Heroes

Our Bali Heroes | Aug 09, 2018

This island we are living on is full of beautiful discoveries, yet it seems we don’t appreciate it. However, the natural beauty that we love so much is also vulnerable due the island’s poor waste management practices. It is easy to find water ducts clogged with plastic waste throughout the island. Because of poor waste management strategies, […]

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Power to the People: Empowering Local Balinese Communities

Bali's Unsung Heroes | Aug 06, 2018

According to the Central Bureau of Statistics of Bali, there is up to 5% of the population on this island classified as poor. It is such a sad fact that despite the tourism industry is growing, we can easily find children asking for money at stop lights or sleeping in the street. Many of these […]

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A Healing Hand: Bali Organisations Improving Health on the Island

Bali's Unsung Heroes | Aug 06, 2018

Underneath the glamorous life of Bali, there is another layer of this island that many of us are not aware of or decide to ignore; the enormous scale of poverty. Extreme poverty forces these unfortunate people to struggle with daily life, even down to the most basic food necessities. It is not easy to find […]

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