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LOVE FOR LEMBONGAN
COVID has been with us for longer than we care to remember, impacting every corner of the globe.
For the Lembongan locals, it is likely 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 2021 and saw 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 is 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 are 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 support this community, please create your page via the Register Now tab.
We are working 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 have developed an Indonesian Literacy Curriculum for these grades and are providing teachers to facilitate the learning in extra after school classes.
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.
RECYCLE COMPOSTING AND PERMACULTURE GARDEN
Whilst food relief continues, we're looking towards a sustainable food solution with the new Lembongan Recycle Community Garden. Lembongan is an island of mostly limestone rock and naturally it has limited farming capacity. By introducing a compost system (based on collecting food preparation leftovers) the Bali Children Foundation is supporting the Lembongan Recycle Centre with the launch of the Lembongan Compost Program, aimed to upgrade soil for the nearby Lembongan Recycle Community Garden.
If you are in a position to donate as little as $10, this contribution will go a long way to helping the Lembongan locals and their efforts to find a life beyond Covid. $10 will buy a 10kg bag of rice. Rice is unfortunately not grown on Nusa Lembongan. It will also supply seeds for the new garden.
Your donations will go directly to the Lembongan Community.