Bulletin 14 January 2013Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset District 3420/No 79571 Meeting every Monday at 5:30 pm at Maya Ubud Resort Hotel
January 14, 2013
Attending: Antje, Bill, Cat, Danielle, Fred, Lloyd, Marilyn, Philip, Ruth, Sue, Wayan Rus,
Guests: Rtn Richard Foss (Colorado Springs Interquest USA), Rtn Robin Cushing (RC Victoria, Canada), Anna Mari Kipar, Jon Leonard, Julia Nienhaus, Klaus Neinhaus, Gove Depuy, Guest Speaker Rebecca Sweetman
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
Tulikup Educare: Rtn Chris updated us on progress towards bringing the EduCare program to grades 4, 5 and 6 at elementary school SD #3 in Tulikup. EduCare is a remarkable program delivered by Campuhan College and focuses on teaching English, leadership skills, and taught by facilitators and trained volunteers. Classes are held every Sunday and children and teachers from the elementary school attend. The hope is to begin in February and we have obtained pledges for almost half the the full funding amount of $1600. The school principal and village chief are in complete support and are anxious to move forward with this program. We welcome pledges to help us complete this program. It makes a difference in kids’ attitudes about learning. Contact Chris at email@example.com or +62 852 10408636
Parenting Classes: Rtn Philip told us about the success of Campuhan College’s parenting classes which have continued through this month. Beginning in February the college’s EduCare program will be busy training in four schools, one in Tulikup and three in the village of Taro. Friend of Rotary Farquhar Stirling is helping to develop an evaluation program for the program.
Rtn Danielle reported receiving a question from Rtn Diane Parker, RC Ogopogo …she heard that some good soul was donating funds for playground equipment and is wanting to know who that might be….contact Diane if you have information.
News from our off island members: Rtn Mandy, still in Cairo and working on her Arabic language children’s books; Pres Rosalind is leaving Myanmar a week earlier than planned….too many tourists!! And from Munich, we heard from Isabel Ender who graced our club as a guest.
Thanks to RC Bowral Mittagong, Australia, work will soon begin to bring water to Tenganan, a village in Karangasem. In spite of the excellent efforts of Engineers Without Borders to supply water to a series of villages, the water source is insufficient to reach this particular village…located at the very end of the water pipe system. Villages above Tenganan draw off the available water and Tenganan ends up dry! Fortunately there is a spring source of potable water and the village will soon have its own independent water supply. We look forward to a visit from Pres Ray (RC Bowral Mittagong), spouse Jenny and strong supporter Trees in late February. We have high hopes the project will be complete by the time they arrive.
HEALTH DAY: We are patiently waiting for our District to disburse funds that will be used to conduct a Health Day at a teeny tiny school in Temukus….only 60 children! The school is high in the mountains of Karangasem and distant from any government clinic so children rarely see a doctor or dentist. The plan is to bring medical staff to the school so every child can be examined…and if possible, their parents as well. In surveying the school we learned that all water is obtained from a rain catchment system and the main container is insufficient to hold water to last through the dry season. A future plan will increase the size of the cement water container so more water can be held, renovate toilets that are in very poor condition and bring in an inexpensive water filter so children can have clean water for drinking. Anyone interested in supporting the project can contact Marilyn at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll need additional funding to get this job done.
Our Rtn friend Stewart Martin, RC Seaside, Oregon is seriously thinking of spending half of each year with us in Bali. Stewart is extremely active in WASRAG (Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group) and a devoted to improving conditions in Indonesian communities. Not only would he be a great neighbor, but he’d bring extensive experience in water and sanitation projects.
PP Lloyd asked several people to read aloud a document that speaks to the seven ways to get more out of Rotary: support eradicating polio through donations, set club goals and track accomplishments, help the Rotary Foundation fulfill its mission, attend the international conference, publicize our good work, and connect with alumni.
It’s always a treat to have Rebecca Sweetman, Director of Paradigm Shift Foundation join us. We were eager to see Rebecca’s latest film production, ‘Greening the Island of the Gods’. (And you can see it too, on UTUBE.) The film addressed a serious problem we are experiencing in Bali…what to do with all our trash!! We are ALL part of the problem and need to part of the solution by limiting our own consumption. In addition to a Balinese population of over 3.5 million we welcome close to 3 million visitors each year and the net result is 20,000 meters of new garbage each and every day!! Of this garbage, it is estimated that 15,000 meters end up in the island’s waterways or on roadways.
Our Balinese communities continue to dispose of waste as they have in the past but the composition of the waste has changed. Where waste used to be primarily organic, now much of it is plastic and other non-biodegradables. There are few structured methods for community garbage pick-up and fewer locations where garbage can be safely dumped.
Scavengers will collect waste from large hotels, remove those items that can be sold and toss the remainder into rivers or land sites that become unofficial dumps.
Many communities try to protect the waterways by burning their garbage but because it contains plastic (approximately 15% of daily waste is plastic) the slow burning fires release toxins and as a result the number one reported illness is respiratory related. When we consider that an estimated three million plastic water bottles are sold each day in Bali, it’s hardly any wonder people are ill.
And as much as we love having people visit the island our visitors create four times the amount of waste compared to our local residents.
What to do???? Focus on waste reduction over waste management; change our addiction to plastic; reduce plastic bag consumption by placing a tax on each bag and eventually ban them; recommend hotels that are environmentally friendly; pledge to support local environmental NGOs who seem to be more concerned about this problem than the government.
Our government needs to show serious political will and take the necessary action to protect people from respiratory illness and keep both waterways and roads clear of garbage.
YAY for Rebecca and her outstanding work!!!by