Supporting Bali through COVID-19

Supporting Bali through COVID-19

The people of Bali are going through an extremely tough time due to the global outbreak of COVID-19 and the halt on international travel. With the vast majority of Balinese people relying directly or indirectly on the tourism industry for survival, and tourist numbers estimated to be down over 95% most people have lost their jobs or are on unpaid leave. 

If you’ve been to Bali you will know how kind and welcoming the people are. While all of us have been affected by this global crisis, many of us are still fortunate enough to be in a position to help those less fortunate and would like to give support but don’t know where to start. Even if you can only spare a few dollars that will still make a difference for a family in need.

Paksebali Village

This fundraiser, ‘Supporting Bali through COVID-19‘ was set up to coordinate resources to support the people of the KlungKung regency which is not a touristy area but where a lot of families in the villages rely on one person who goes to work in a tourism town. Now that there is no tourism everyone is back in their village and their families are struggling to survive. As most people in Bali live paycheck to paycheck they now do not have a way to meet their basic day to day needs such as food and hygiene items. 

The funds raised will be used to buy Food & Hygiene Packs that include staple foods (rice, noodles, eggs, vegetables, oil), protective masks, hand/dish soap & disinfectant to support those who are struggling due to the impacts of COVID-19. We will be keeping a record of all goods purchased and where and how they are used in this spreadsheet.  Our initial goal is to get supplies for 500 families, starting with the most vulnerable – helping the elderly and poor children first. 

The collection and distribution of the funds and goods is being managed on the ground in Bali by Agung Juliarta and his team at Puri Asia. His friends, James Ambler and Hayley Coeland, are providing admin support from Australia and New Zealand. This fund raising project started with Agung (founder of Puri Asia, a villa rental  agency) having to send his staff home to their villages on unpaid leave because there is simply no work and, being a small agency he has no way to pay them now that tourism in Bali has ground to a halt. Many of his staff are from the KlungKung region, as is Agung. Because of his understanding of the struggles of the people in his own village of Paksebali Agung wants to utilise his resources and team to coordinate support to help people to get by with no income during these unprecedented times.

Yayasan Relawan bali

Photo by Yayasan Relawan bali

How the funds will be distributed

Our goal is to deliver food packs to 500 families. Agung and his team will purchase the supplies and assemble the packs. Volunteers from the volunteer organisation Yayasan Relawan Bali will carry out contactless pick up and deliver the packs within the KlungKung regency.  Only individuals from the religion will make the deliveries to avoid spreading COVID-19 from other areas. Yayasan Relawan Bali is a well established volunteer organisation with a good understanding of who is in need in the villages of KlungKung and will coordinate with the local organisation, Satgas Covid-19, which was set up to manage the Covid-19 situation.

What will be delivered

Each family will be get:

  • 5 KG rice 
  • 6 noodle packets
  • 6 eggs 
  • 1ltr oil 
  • 4 x Protective masks
  • 1 x Hand/dish soap
  • 1 x Disinfectant (product can also be used for laundry)

The cost for each pack is around IDR 150,000 per family or AUD $15.

If we are able to meet the needs each month then any extra will be put into funding for the following month. Any excess we will donate to Yayasan Relawan Bali for their continued work in the community. 

https://www.facebook.com/Yayasan-Relawan-Bali-1693075337574251

We invite you to donate if you can,  if you can’t then you can still help by sharing this with your networks on social media etc.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Suksema

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