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LOVE FOR LEMBONGAN
COVID has now been with us for over 12 months, impacting every corner of the globe.
For the Lembongan locals, it is likely to be the biggest and most far-reaching challenge of their lifetime. With tourism responsible for the majority of income and driving private enterprise, the island has been at a standstill since March 2020.
BCF supporters Mal & Tania Walker from The Lembongan Traveller, returned to Lembongan in early January this year and have spent the last 6 weeks seeing first hand the enormous impact the pandemic has had.
The personal struggles and closure of 95% of businesses is heartbreaking: there is no government support or safety net, the few that have remained employed are on reduced base salaries, with no service gratuities which often makes up 50% of their income.
The ability to put food on the table has become challenging for so many. The aim of this fundraiser is to deliver food packages of staples (rice, oil, sugar, noodles) to as many families as possible. Your contributions to this fundraising effort will be received with the greatest of gratitude by the Lembongan community.
For most of the population consumption of chicken and fish has decreased considerably. Fishing by boat is not an option for many, simply because they can't afford the fuel. Many people are using canoes, SUP boards and even tyre rings to fish, which obviously impacts where they can fish (only inside the reef) and consequently results in smaller varieties and quantities.
Tania and Mal started this campaign to help the local population and hope to inspire others to join them in campaigning for Lembongan. If you wish to create your own campaign to join them in supporting this community, please create your page via the Register Now tab.
We will work with the 10 Banjars (villages) across both Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan to facilitate distribution to those most in need.
On their return to Lembongan, it became apparent to Mal and Tania that education was another area that has been hugely impacted. With primary schools closed since March 2020 and online learning only via WhatsApp, they realised that the 6 to 8-year-olds on the island have missed out on basic Indonesian literacy, crucial during Grades 1, 2 & 3.
We at Bali Children Foundation will develop an Indonesian Literacy Curriculum for these grades and will provide teachers to facilitate the learning in extra after school classes once schools re-open - currently planned for July 2021.
Our aim is to raise enough funds to provide the 444 children in Grades 1, 2 & 3 across the 5 primary schools, with a pictorial Indonesian dictionary.
If you are in a position to donate as little as $10, this contribution will go a long way to helping the Lembongan locals. To help with the context, $10 will buy a 10kg bag of rice. Rice is unfortunately not grown on Nusa Lembongan.
Your donations will go directly to the Lembongan Community.