Projects in Need of Funding
Projects at Bali Ubud Sunset
Some of the following projects are in desperate need of funding. Once outside the tourist areas, Bali is still very poor and very 3rd World. Villages with no water; schools with no water; schools with no writing materials or book; elders with cataracts so they are basically blind and need constant care from other villagers; villagers with other vision problems sometimes remedied just by glasses; school buildings that leak in the rainy season and need roof repairs and a new paint job to brighten the classrooms; and HIV, which is still expanding in Bali because of ignorance and lack of knowledge or medicines! Won’t you please contact us to see how easy it is to help these wonderful people?
What can you or your club do? You are very welcome to help us with any of these projects where 100% of the monies goes directly to the Balinese that actually need the help. Please look at: http://rotarybaliubudsunset.org/how-to-contribute/ and decide which project(s) you wish to help with, then contact us.
We are expanding this list with more details to come:
Bali Children’s Project. (http://balichildrensproject.org/) The Bali Children’s Project is a non-profit charity registered in USA and Indonesia. The organization originated in the early 1990s, when Joyce Scott and John Cooke recognized children unable to access school. They saw a cycle of rural poverty driven by lack of education, especially for young girls. They are the first victims when families are forced to economize in times of financial hardship by taking their children out of school and directly to low paying work. We currently have an application in for a Rotary district grant for 6 junior high students. Also, not only do they help sponsor children to go to school by supplying all they need that their parents cannot afford, they also build and supply libraries at schools, deliver HIV education, and do teacher training.
- Basic Health Services – Through a local regional charity, Rumah Sehat Foundation, Ubud Rotary has started a program to provide basic clinic, particularly mothers and infants, services to the less fortunate communities in Karangasem Region in East Bali. They provide a ranges of assistance including Healthy days for villages with medical doctors, nurses, dentists, etc., free medication, and where special help is needed make arrangements and in some cases financial assist. A healthy day cost depends on the size of the village, so for say 500 people in the day will cost from $2500 to $4000.
They have also recently opened a vocational school to provide training in English and basic computer skill to better prepare the early school leavers for a career in hospitality in the local resort industry. Scholarships are $100 per student for the 6 month program.
Support John Fawcett Foundation. JFF has mobile labs that travel around Bali to small villages and does eye exams, supplies glasses and does cataract surgeries! Our club wants to sponsor at least two village visits this year. Cost is US$2,500 per village which covers approximately 400 consultations, medication, glasses and up to 20 cataract operations on the day. All operational expenses are covered by JFF. We are hopeful of doing 2 more this Rotary year, one with a District Grant and one from International support. Next year will be similar.
- Mobile Library Rotaract project – The mobile library is an Ubud Rotaract Club initiative where Ubud Rotary assist with funding new books for the library (boxes of books) and writing material (paper and pencils) for schools Provide writing paper and pencils to primary school children in poor schools. US$650 will provide writing material and pencils for about 1500 students.
Hygiene Program. We support various hygiene programs, generally school based, by providing toothbrushes, toothpaste and hand soap to schools and communities in needy areas. This may involve members and guests going to schools with one of our local Ubud Rotaracts to deliver the hygiene program. We then give out toothbrushes, etc. and have the kids practice. Less than US $300 would provide materials for about 200 of children. This may also providing materials to a foundation for their programs, such as, Rumah Sehat.
Water projects for Karangasem East Bali. The Rotary Club of Bali Ubud Sunset has been involved in water projects in the Karangasem region of East Bali for a number of years. Over many years a rapport has been established with the local communities and through a respected local person a priority list has been established. Effectively the club project team solicits funds from international donors, mainly Rotary clubs, and works with the villagers, who mainly live in the mountains on the upper slopes. During the dry season, for up to 8 months they often have the fetch water from the rivers in the valleys which for some villagers may result in a 3-4 hours walk every day to bring water up to their family. We help to find an acceptable solution with a design and scope. A local hardware store is then engaged to supply the given scope with progress payments and a final reconciliation after the work is checked and functioning correctly. The village members do the installation while club members provide technical support and assist with commissioning. Over the past 11 years there have been 16 projects completed and all continue to supply water as designed. Project costs have varied from US$1500-10000 depending on if a well must be drilled or water can be collected from a spring, how many distribution tanks are needed and how much pipe is required to distribute the water. The average system provides water to 80 to 400 families.
Water and Sanitation projects for schools. Many schools have limited or no access to clean drinking. And few have toilet facilities. These projects vary in scope and cost and in the past involved Global Grants. Many schools have no water supply and even those with a government connection find the supply unreliable and not suitable for drinking. The scope of such projects may be as simple as installing a head tank through to drilling a bore, pumps tanks and a sanitation block. Costs depend on scope, location and have ranged from US$1,000 up to 30,000 for a GG. We currently do not have such a project.
Rural Area Kindergarten and school books and paper and pencils. The aim of this project is to supply reading books and stationery materials to schools in remote areas. These villages do not have the opportunity to see the tourist dollar and therefore struggle to purchase materials needed to assist with learning.10,000,000 rp = US$743.
Helmet Project Protect. The aim of this project is to supply helmets to all children between the ages of 3 and 6 in an effort to protect them in case of motor bike accidents. Sunset Rotary Ubud involved in the distribution to two groups of grade 1 students, in 2015. This year we have distributed 100 helmets to year 1 students in Ubud and a further 100 to a kindergarten in Tegallalang. In addition the child safety the program offers corporate and rotary sponsors to have their logos on the helmets, thus attracting corporate sponsorship. The helmets cost approximately 90,000 rp each (about US$7) with the sponsors and Rotary stickers affixed.
- HIV Prevention and care for women– distribute HIV info to key populations, one-step HIV/STI treatment services, comprehensive medical and psychosocial support for people who are identified as HIV positive. HIV prevalence, i.e. the percentage of the total population infected, is the second highest in Indonesia after Papua. The rates of HIV are high in high risk populations like gay men (26%), people who inject drugs (50%) and female sex workers (15%) but we are also seeing increasing numbers of housewives infected presumably by their husbands. One survey of pregnant women found 0.7% positive for HIV, nearly 1 in 100. 80,000,000rp = US$6,000.
HIV for prisons– To eliminate barriers to access to care for those at risk for HIV infection and to provide free and early HIV testing and treatment to save lives and prevent the spread of HIV in Bali. Since Bali prisons have no budget for health services means that when they leave prison they may be HIV carriers which will infect more people. 36,000,000 rp = US$2,700
- Bali Peduli– To eliminate barriers to access to care for those at risk for HIV infection and to provide free and early HIV testing and treatment to save lives and prevent the spread of HIV in Bali. Budget needed – up to 179,500,000 rp = US$13,135. Includes HIV testing, STI testing, x-ray exams, monitoring of HIV patients, and HIV and TB awareness training in seven district prisons. http://rotarybaliubudsunset.org/cat-project/past-projects/