Bulletin 29 January 2018
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3420 / No. 79571
Meetings: 2nd Monday of each month at Kakiang Garden Café on Jl. Andong; last Monday at Maya Resort & Spa Ubud. 5:30-7PM
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now”. Chinese Proverb
Bulletin January 29, 2018
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
Guests: Cathy and Norm Key; Glen and Tom from Project Karma.
Welcome and introduction by Sec. Sue Bishop, standing in for Pres. Allan Starr
Club Business Update.
RCBUS’s 10th Anniversary celebration. IPP Bruce advised that although Treas. Brian, who was not present, has been asked to head the committee to organise this event. We need to let Brian put his committee together. If any members are interested, PLEASE contact Brian to give him some help. BTW, Brian was married this last week, so we guess he is a little busy. No decisions have been made as yet. Questions to be answered include date, venue, size, would we invite other clubs, District officers etc. Sue asked if it was going to be a fund raiser, again nothing has been decided.
Review of project status and request submissions:
Community Services Director Dora as chair of Project committee, reported that the Healthy Day that has been approved for Rumah Sehat which was put on hold due to the situation at Mt. Agung, can now go ahead. Date now has to be decided on. Also, she reported that the paper work has been submitted for the water project to construct a water bore, between Culik and Amed.
The 200 books for SDN 2 school at Culik , Karangasem were delivered last weekend, however as yet the book shelves have not been installed, nor a table or carpeting for the children to sit on. Pak Ping to help organise these items. This beautiful new fully stocked library will be ready for the students very soon.
Other Business: Bruce asked for a replacement for Renee, who at present is coordinating numbers with our 2 venues, she will be away end of March and April. VP Rich jumped in and volunteered, thank you Rich.
Bruce attended the Presidents and Secretary’s meeting last Friday- the main theme was to recruit and retain members. Our district has lost 12% of its clubs this last year and many have lost members. However, our club, RCBUS, has increased over the past 2 years going from 4 active members to 18 currently! A District committee has been formed to address these issues and has already put together a plan.
Allan asked for someone to attend the GSM (Grant Management Seminar) in Java in March. Unless we send someone we will not qualify for grants. At this point no volunteers. Bruce checked with our Assist. District Governor, Julia Rivai, who said that the next GSM in Bali will be on 7 April, 2018, location to be announced.
Allan thanked Bruce for all he did and all members for their support and good wishes over the past 4 months.
Our guest speakers were Glen Hulley and Tom from PROJECT KARMA.
Their project which is registered and more of an organisation is dedicated to COMBATING CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION, halting child trafficking, the apprehension of perpetrators and rehabilitation of the children. He played a short video- Welcome to Modern Day Slavery! This is a 36 billion dollar industry with over 5 million children involved, happening world-wide and especially in SE Asia. Not only sexual but also physical violence, children being as young as 4.
They are working with agencies, NGOs, AFP, Indonesian Police, local Kelapa Desa, immigration etc, in an attempt to curtail this horrific situation. They are developing a model for long term solutions which is being piloted in Bali and the Philippines. There are as many as 40-70,000 child victims in Indonesia alone. The children are aged 4- 14 after which they are discarded!! Glen told us of children being taken out to sea and thrown overboard, as they are no longer financially viable!! Others are abandoned on the streets, ending up in prostitution, drugs, stealing and live 2 to 3 years only this way before overdoses and infections take them.
2 years ago Project Karma was registered in Indonesia and Australia.
They have 3 main objectives:
- Proactive approach – education and awareness – in the schools, local police, banjar security, governments, media etc.
- Immediate problem – reports of crimes every day, here in Bali over 30 perpetrators behind bars, and then rescuing the children….100 were rescued recently.
- Rehabilitation – these children do not have any family, no ID, birth certificates, no education and little language skills. They want to partner with other organisations and medical professionals, to care for these children. No easy task!!
Unfortunately many known paedophiles are coming into Bali repeatedly, and apprehending them can be a problem. Now in Australia thanks to media and Derryn Hinch, a sex offender register is in operation and these known persons are refused entry to Bali. But this is only the tip of the iceberg, ports are a major entry point for perpetrators and the child traffickers, children have been found locked in tool boxes at ports! As Glen said this is a huge problem, which has been going on for so long, and will not be able to be eradicated overnight. Funds are also required for staff, training, facilities for the children etc. Here is an article of one paedophile he helped have arrested: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/how-balis-worst-paedophile-australian-robert-fiddes-ellis-lured-young-street-girls-with-cash-and-gifts/news-story/a2960cbbb1dc7b6f93d46688e5d1bb9e
!The raffle was drawn, won by Ray Bishop, donated by Renee.
The meeting was officially closed at 7 pm , but anyone who wished to stay for Q & A were welcome to do so, Glen and Tom not objecting to this! Majority of those attending did so.
Monday 12th February at Kakiang Garden Café, Ubud.
Next Meeting, at Kakiang Garden Café on Jl. Andong 12 February 2018, 5:30-7PM.
The raffle was won by Ray Bishop.