Road/communications infrastructure–facilitating two and/or four wheel vehicular access to enable(a) faster and safer transport of cattle (the people’s ‘bank’) and cash crops to market, access to buy food to improve their diet from only cassava and corn, and essential supplies and, for those in urgent need of medical attention, such as mothers in labour and chronically sick people, (b) better access for children going to schools from the upper hamlets, (c) general prospects for improvement to quality of life and self-esteem, and (d) better prospects for getting government to provide additional road infrastructure, water, toilets and provide all other essential facilities and resources to improve community access and reduce dependency on NGO support
Children’s Education – the provision of relevant and integrated academic and extra-curricular education from elementary to senior high school in six EBPP schools in the most isolated and disadvantaged hamlets with total community participation in all processes including construction and maintenance of the school buildings, which we call “community learning and development centres” – because they were built and are owned by the respective communities. Since the outset, the curricula have been tailored to the communities’ needs and in addition to the government academic curriculum, incorporate additional modules of creative art, music, dance, nutrition, hygiene, sanitation and environmental education.
Youth Empowerment courses – A series of youth empowerment programmes since July 2015, sponsored by EMpower, The Emerging Markets Foundation, to unlock the potential of all our junior and senior high school students to change their lives and lead change in their communities and the world around them. All courses are carefully designed, in consultation with students and communities, to open their minds to limitless possibilities and improved social skills, with the following modules: nutrition classes learning to combat malnutrition and stunting within their communities, reproductive health including HIV & AIDS segments, hands-on nutrition status evaluation at community health posts (posyandu), bamboo skills development and handicraft production, financial and computer literacy including professional IT training, business plan development, gender equality, university and job readiness training, leadership skills and presentations to local and regional government appealing for improved infrastructure, housing, etc.
Malnutrition– targeting infant and child malnutrition by providing (a) nutrition supplements to 0-5 year old infants and counselling mothers on dietary needs, depending on infants’ age, and (b) providing daily nutritious school meals at EBPP schools and educating all children in developing organic vegetable school gardens where school children teach their parents, leading to rapid decline of malnutrition
Maternal and child health care and general community health outreach – developing comprehensive maternal and child health care and health education, including annual dental and ENT care, facial deformities interventions, support for the chronically ill, physiotherapy and first aid training for students and communities.
Clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) – the provision of clean safe water from sanitary rainwater harvesting, remote mountain springs and rehabilitated artesian wells; hygiene education and awareness for all schools and communities; and improved sanitation by introduction of first ever toilet/bathroom blocks for each household, with Asiatic squat toilets, septic tank & soak away systems
Environmental restoration - environmental rehabilitation of the steep and arid mountain slopes by the use of vetiver grass for slope stabilization and soil erosion control and by carefully designed community owned bamboo reforestation for (a) watershed and ecosystem revitalisation, (b) climatic improvements, (c) carbon sequestration and (d) community economic development from sustainable bamboo businesses
Social Enterprise - East Bali Bamboo Bikes: In 2016, the East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP) launched East Bali Bamboo Bikes (www.eastbalibamboobikes.com ) asa social enterprise to create sustainable bamboo livelihoods and provide jobs for high school graduates and other unemployed youth, building on the bamboo skills developed since 2006, to benefit the isolated and impoverished communities of Desa Ban in East Bali. Products designed and built include five bamboo bike models, bamboo wheelchairs for disabled children and various hand built products from laminated bamboo.
Natural Disaster Response and Management:
1. Bali Volcano (Mount Agung) crisis response 2017-2019: Assisted Sept 2017 evacuations of all 3,600 families from 19 Ban village hamlets and distributed essential health, food and education supplies, provided comprehensive health and infant nutrition support, emergency housing and toilets to evacuees in 104 evacuation camps in 5 regencies of Bali;
· February 2018: Built temporary camp in northern village of Tianyar Timor, comprising 16 buildings including: studentdormitories, classrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, offices, stores and bamboo workshop.
January-May 2019: Built first 20 of 300 planned temporary 24 sq.m. bamboo A-frame houses in preparation for further evacuations as Mt. Agung eruptions continue for the 300 families of the 3 Ban village hamlets of Cegi, Pengalusan and Pucang, sited only 5km from Mount Agung Volcano Crater.
2. Lombok August 2018 Earthquakes Response Supporting Ban village victims: Provided 127 temporary homes & 100 family kitchens for families affected by the Lombok earthquake that damaged more than 340 buildings in Ban village.