The end of the year is a time of celebration and a chance to renew our hearts with peaceful intentions and goodwill towards everyone.
With festivities and holidays around the corner, let’s spare a thought for the less fortunate around us. It is time to clean out your closet of clothes you haven’t worn in a while or gather up some savings and contribute to people who are not as fortunate as we are. Stack up all the items which you no longer need, pack them up and donate them to those who will treasure these gifts. Alternatively, you can turn you contributions into a present by purchasing items from the poor communities where goods are being sold. Being a charitable individual is a good way to celebrate this holiday season. The more you give, the more you will receive. Be ready to receive lots of blessings by sharing and caring!
Established in 1998, East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP) formed a partnership with 19 communities of the Ban Village in the east side of Bali to reduce poverty and promote culturally sensitivity, sustainability, and social and economic development. Bamboo has played a key role in EBPP’s community for sustainable economic development activities. They have been producing and selling a wide range of sizes and styles of high-quality woven bamboo baskets since 2003. In November 2016, they built Daya Bamboo Workshop to produce high-quality bamboo bikes using locally sourced bamboo. Since then, they have sold more than 40 bamboo bike frames to local businesses, and now are developing their website for “East Bali Bamboo Bikes”. You may want to consider bamboo bikes as a gift for your kids, or even for yourself !
EBPP are continuously improving their standards and moving towards a sustainable business where their present team of trained artisans will train others in the village, especially graduate students. Hopefully, this can be a solid opportunity for the village people to provide home business opportunities throughout the communities, so that they don’t have to venture to the south of Bali to find jobs. Of course, this depends on the status of Mount Agung going back into deep slumber and enabling the evacuated people in these communities to return home, resuming their bamboo based productions.
Telephone : +62 361 410071
Website : www.eastbalipovertyproject.org
As one of the best known and transparent charities in Bali, YayasanSolemen is helping turn lives around for those who have disabilities and disadvantages by providing medical care, therapy, treatment, sponsorships and ongoing support for people that are in dire need of help. They have made it their mission to care for the least fortunate people on this island. Solemen’s great Outreach Programme impacts many people in remote communities whose lives are tainted by the misery of untreated diseases, disability, extreme poverty, malnourishment and destitution.
One of the ways you too can support the disadvantaged in Bali is by buying Solemen’s merchandise. Solemen’s famous ‘Soleteddies’ are giving the charity and its activities a wider reach and recognition. Other items available for sale are t-shirts, singlets, caps, wristbands, bracelets, gift books and super supplements. These can be a special gift to give during this holiday season. Your generosity will create smiles, give hope and change the lives of the unfortunate people around us. Please go to their website for the list of outlets selling ‘Soleteddies’.
Address : Jalan Danau Poso 55, Sanur
Website : www.solemen.org
Founded in 2005, YayasanSenyum Bali is a non-profit, independent organisation working to bring healthcare to people with craniofacial disabilities. They work to raise funds for craniofacial operations as well as establish partnerships with other organisations to provide logistical and medical support to patients with craniofacial abnormalities.
To accomplish this mission, they built two charity shops in Ubud, located in Jalan Nyuh Kuning Pengosekan (in front of Bali Culture Center) and Jalan Sriwedari (opposite of Seniman Coffee). These were Bali’s first charity shops and have been very successfully since 2006. They have helped in raising the funds of the organisation to meet the needs of the patients as well as the operational costs. In case you need some ideas for Christmas presents, these Smile Shops have a lot of items for you to choose. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 AM to 5 PM, you will be assisted by three staff members and a number of dedicated volunteers who work in different rosters to enable the shops to open.
You can also participate in this noble cause by donating new and/or used items (in good conditions) for them to sell at the Smile Shops, volunteer some of your time to work at the shops, or simply by spreading the word about them.
Address : Jalan Pulau Aru 9, Sanglah, Denpasar
Telephone : +62 361 233758
Website : www.senyumbali.org
The living conditions in Muntigunung (northeast of Bali) are extremely harsh with no jobs available, no income to its people and no access to health services. For that reason, Muntigunung Community Social Enterprise was established with the main goal to generate as many sustainable jobs as possible by producing high-quality handmade products. They are producing food products, like cashew nuts, rosella tea, rosella sweets, rosella salt and dried mango. Apart from food, they also produce beautifully handcrafted hammocks, handmade bags, handmade purses, and hand-woven lontar baskets.
These can be a perfect Christmas gifts for your loved ones! Most of the raw materials originate from Muntigunung itself, and the locals put a lot of care on the finest details of the products. These activities are creating jobs and income for the local people, while at the same time reducing a key poverty cause in the area. The revenue from each product sold is reinvested into the development of villages around the Muntigunung area.
Address : West Tianyar Village, Kubu, Karangasem
Telephone : +62 361 424619
Website : www.muntigunung.com