We Are We (WAW)

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“What started with a chat between friends over a cup of coffee has grown into a movement called We are We Bali Community (WAW), involving 9 active members who endeavor to lend a hand to those in need.  Each of the nine members come from unique backgrounds and professions but share the desire to help and care for those less fortunate around us. NOW! Bali’s Dewi had the opportunity to meet two of them, Leo and Sukma.”

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“What started with a chat between friends over a cup of coffee has grown into a movement called We are We Bali Community (WAW), involving 9 active members who endeavor to lend a hand to those in need.  Each of the nine members come from unique backgrounds and professions but share the desire to help and care for those less fortunate around us. NOW! Bali’s Dewi had the opportunity to meet two of them, Leo and Sukma.”

How did it all begin?

Leo: In May 2014, Sukma, Vivi & I visited Yayasan Sayangi Bali, an organization that provides shelter to abandoned babies until they are adopted. Due to lack of funding, they didn’t have proper facilities for the babies. At that time they fed the babies with the cheapest formula on the market and they only had one baby tub to bathe 6 babies. So we started giving them aid individually. Later on, we had the idea to involve more friends so the support would be more sustainable.

Sukma: Now there are nine of us: Leo, Vivi, Indra, Dino, Hendri, Joko, Dwi, Tasya and I. Even though we live completely different lives, we have the same desire to lend a hand to those in need. It’s wonderful that we have managed to do something to aid the babies at Yayasan Sayangi Bali.

How does the community collect support?

Sukma: We realized that there are a lot of people who want to help but they don’t know how to channel their desire to help.  We had an idea to organize a charity event to gather support for the babies at Yayasan Sayangi Bali. It was amazing that so many people joined us to make the event happen and in the end we gathered enough to refurbish the babies’ facilities at the shelter so the babies could be nurtured in a proper environment.

Leo: The babies at the shelter need formula milk, clothes and many other items, but most importantly care and love. So we wanted to spread the word that people could support them not only with material items but also with their time and attention.

Does the community only support one social organization?

Leo: We Are We Bali community aims to support as many causes as possible. It is true that our first event was held to support Yayasan Sayangi Bali. However we are also doing our best to give support in the form of education to children who live in landfill sites because their parents work as garbage scavengers. Now we are also involved in supporting nursing homes for the elderly.

Sukma: We’d like to invite as many people as possible to join our community and to share with people in need.

We Are We community has just established Program Orang Tua Asuh (foster parents program) for the babies at Yayasan Sayangi Bali. Three or more people can collaborate to support a baby during his/her stay at the shelter until the baby is legally adopted.!

If you want to share your happiness during your holiday in Bali with the less fortunate, feel free to contact WAW Bali Community through their Facebook page.

www.facebook.com/wawcombali 

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