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During this difficult time of the Covid Pandemic, Bali is suffering due to the lack of tourism that many Balinese rely on to help feed their families. With so many travellers unable to get to Bali at the moment, I am often asked how can we support the Balinese during this difficult time.
We live in Australia so can’t directly help on the ground in Bali but there are many expats and locals in Bali helping provide food and water for the Balinese who need it. I will also discuss below the ways that you can send money to local families in Bali that you may know and would like to personally help.
Table of Contents
- 1 FEED BALI
- 2 SOLEMEN INDONESIA
- 3 TIC BALI SERVICES
- 4 TEAM ACTION AMED
- 5 CRISIS RESPONSE INDONESIA
- 6 LET’S HELP BALI (Covid- 19)
- 7 PROJECT NASI
- 8 NOURISH FROM A DISTANCE
- 9 GIVE COOKBOOK
- 10 CRISIS KITCHEN BALI
- 11 POPPIES BALI RELIEF FUND
- 12 FOOD ACTION BALI
- 13 BALI ON LINE
- 14 INDONESIA AID
- 15 BALI LIFE FOUNDATION
- 16 THE PEOPLE MUST MAKAN (EAT) by INDO EYE
- 17 BALI CHILDREN’S PROJECT
- 18 SENDOK KREATIF BALI
- 19 FOR BALIS SAKE
- 20 SCHOLARS OF SUSTENANCE PROGRAM
- 21 TRANSFERRING MONEY TO BALI
- 22 UPDATES ON THE SITUATION IN BALI
Adi and Frances run the Tresna Bali Cooking School and have set up the Feed a Family program to help the Balinese. There is a variety of different ways you can help including sponsoring a family so you can feed them each month. A great way to connect and make life long friendships with a family in need. You can donate through a range of different ways and you can find all of the links on their website above.
Yayasan Solemen Indonesia ‘SOLEMEN’ is a Bali based Indonesian registered non-profit foundation working alongside accredited agencies and projects to alleviate suffering and support the disadvantaged in Bali. As a family we donate each month to Solemen as we love the work that they do in Bali helping the disadvantaged.
TIC BALI SERVICES
TIC Bali Services is a Balinese run travel company that are providing packages for the Balinese in need of help. They have a great range of packages available on their website and have a secure online payment system. They also have an online shop with a huge range of products from locals. I purchased dresses and leather handbag through Putu for a fantastic price and they were high quality products.
TEAM ACTION AMED
The work being done by the Yayasan Team Action Amed has been so beneficially to the area around Amed in East Bali. As it’s so remote, communities are often forgotten so the team brings care packs to feed the starving families. There are many ways you can help and their Facebook page has info on how to donate via PayPal and an Indonesian bank account (I have details below about using TransferWise for this)
CRISIS RESPONSE INDONESIA
Peter Rendezvous and his crew at Crisis Response Indonesia have been doing fantastic work in Bali for years. They are currently not accepting donations and focusing on supporting Bali and Indonesia in other ways. The links above are supported by Peter and his crew.
LET’S HELP BALI (Covid- 19)
A non-profit organisation helping Bali through the Covid-19 crisis. The team led by Amanda Rialdi from DAR Photography provides food packages for local Balinese families. The process is extra easy as they have an Australian bank account you can transfer funds to. Check out the links above to donate.
The expat team at Project Nasi are doing amazing work helping to deliver essentials like rice, noodles, cooking oil, basic cooking condiments, fresh local fruit and vegetables, drinking water, water filters, soap, sanitizer, face masks, gloves, etc. which has been given to the local Banjars to distribute to their communities.
NOURISH FROM A DISTANCE
We purchased this e-Cookbook comprised of recipes from our favorite restaurants in Bali. Proceeds go towards alleviating famine in Bali caused by COVID-19. The book has a great range of recipes!
The team from Give Cafe have put together an e-book that includes 100% plant-based, Indonesian recipes from the GIVE kitchen. All the funds from the sales are being passed on to different charities. I personally bought a book and the recipes are delicious and easy to follow.
CRISIS KITCHEN BALI
Bringing food to the people of Bali. They are working with local communities and partners to get essential items to those most in need. They have a Go Fund Me fundraiser and different auctions taking place to raise money to provide food and water for locals. Check out the links above to donate.
POPPIES BALI RELIEF FUND
Poppies is a well known restaurant and accommodation that supports many Balinese families. They have many workers but with no revenue coming in they are unable to afford to pay their staff. If you have ever enjoyed Poppies or one of their sister properties check out the links above.
FOOD ACTION BALI
FoodAction Bali is a team of people who share an interest in culture and permaculture. They started a movement to promote growing food in a collaborative way in lands owned by Balinese. Their mission is to give the local community the necessary knowledge and resources to make the lands productive again. Over all, giving them a new vision of farming and growth values of their grounds.
BALI ON LINE
A great way to deliver a care package to your Bali friends, you can pay into an Australian bank account making it easy to do. Send them a message via the Facebook Page link above.
Indonesia Aid is an NGO registered with the Indonesian government as Yayasan Transformasi Komunitas Indonesia. They have set up a Covid Project Relief fund where 100% of money donations go towards providing food and water for the Balinese people. If you live in Bali you can also donate no-perishable food.
BALI LIFE FOUNDATION
The Bali Life Foundation provide hope, dignity & purpose to underprivileged children and families in Bali. They have a range of different ways they support the Balinese including street centre, childrens home, community centre and much more.
THE PEOPLE MUST MAKAN (EAT) by INDO EYE
David is a photographer in Bali that is doing amazing work and fundraising for the Balinese. He is providing much needed food to remote communities and is working with Bali Life Foundation to find Balinese family that really need his help.
BALI CHILDREN’S PROJECT
Bali Children’s Project is a registered non-profit in Bali. They help children in Bali escape poverty through education. They are also currently helping families cope with the devastating impact that Covid is having on Bali.
SENDOK KREATIF BALI
Sendok Kreatif works in a different way by empowering locals to build culinary micro-businesses with start-up funding. The project helps to guide novice entrepreneurs through the process ensuring they learn effective procedures, marketing and management.
FOR BALIS SAKE
Our gorgeous Bali nanny Berta is helping the locals near where she lives with food packages. She is such a generous soul and has a PayPal account that the funds can be transferred into.
SCHOLARS OF SUSTENANCE PROGRAM
Scholars of Sustenance Foundation (SOS) Indonesia is a non-profit food rescue operation that collects surplus food from Bali food businesses. Due to the huge downturn in tourism they are helping support local families.
TRANSFERRING MONEY TO BALI
The best way to transfer money to overseas bank accounts is through the TransferWise website. It is secure and I have used it multiple times to send and receive money from overseas. Your Balinese friend only needs a bank account for you to transfer the funds. The rate is excellent and there are minimal fees with the transaction. If your friend does not have a bank account you will have to do the transfer via Western Union.
UPDATES ON THE SITUATION IN BALI
Jackie provide informative daily updates on the situation in Bali. She translates different information into English that details the number of Covid cases in Bali and also general information about travelling to Bali. See the link below to join. This is a great article in Bali Discovery about Jackie.
I would love to provide more ways for the Balinese to be supported during this difficult time so please leave a comment below or send me an email with details of other people or organisations that you know of helping out.
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