Local communities and initiatives in Bali
One of the things that motivates us to keep going every day is being able to potentially contribute to the loving community that has taken us in over the last year.
While Bali is known for being a tourist paradise, its nightlife, holiday destination, etc… there’s another reality to what happens on the island.
As we explained last week, the community highly depends on tourism and, therefore, they are currently struggling due to COVID’s travel bans around the globe. Luckily, some local restaurants and brands are taking initiatives to help during this situation.
Unfortunately, this is not the only struggle they face on the island. Today, we’d love to talk to you about 3 different initiatives really close to our hearts that focus on helping kids and women in need.
The first one is YKPA (Yayasan Kasih Peduli Anak), known as “Bali Street Kids Project”. This project has been providing disadvantaged children with education, skills, and loving care for over 10 years. In their two houses in Bali, they provide informal elementary education and health care. On top of that, they organize extracurricular activities when volunteers are available such as dance classes, English lessons, art, etc.
As in many other regions in the world, women are second class citizens, especially those who are divorced, single moms, and so on. That’s why we are incredibly fond of these two projects, that help with women empowerment by facilitating skills, trainings, and helping them become financially independent.
At KIM Women’s center, they have different programs where women can learn new skills, as well as connect with other women in a similar situation and share their stories.
Finally, we’d like to talk about the Bali International Women’s Association (BIWA). Their objective is to create a place of trust, friendship, and engagement between women of different nationalities and contribute to the social welfare, education, and improvement of the lives of underprivileged people living in Bali. BIWA was created in 1947 by a mix of Indonesian and foreign women who came together to support each other in the many challenges they were facing.
You can find different areas they support such as the elderly, children’s outreach, and of course, women’s assistance.
All these three organizations are doing an amazing and inspirational job that reminds us every day of the personal impact we can have in so many ways.