Past Projects

Integrated Program for Health and Health Education for Women, Babies and Children in Kali Ngara, Sumba

A 2-year program to address the serious health problems, inadequacies of health care, and need for health education, especially with women and small children

RCBUS has worked with Yayasan Harapan Sumba (YHS) on previous projects providing water and toilets to rural villages on the island of Sumba. The total budget for the two year program is $20,000, of which $4,500 has been raised; we seek the remaining funding. Here is their statement of the need:

Traditional Sumba home

Traditional Sumba home

Most of us take good food, abundant clean water and access to education and health care for granted. In Sumba, these are all rare.

This is one of the poorest provinces in Indonesia, with about 75% of the population living in poverty. Over 25% of the people are clinically anaemic and malnourished, including almost all pregnant women. A third of the population is illiterate. Only about 20% of children finish elementary school. Infant and maternal mortality are the highest in the country.

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Banjar Aas Water Projects

RC Bali Ubud Sunset is the host club for the water project at Banjar (village) Aas, which is actually a series of projects totaling US$13,500, funded by five Rotary clubs:

Rich Foss at Aas with well bore

Rich Foss at Aas with well bore; yellow water tanks in background await a successful bore.

  • The deep well project was just completed, funded by the RC Ignacio in California with a $6,000 contribution.
  • The group of families at Kelompok Bluu was funded by RC Bozeman in Montana with a $1,500 contribution which is not yet started. This will go for distribution tanks and pipe for these families.
  • The top tank and connecting pipe was funded by $1,000 in donations from RCBUS member Sylvia McGroarty and friends in Canada. This is completed except for the hook up.
  • RC Colorado Springs Interquest contributed $1,000 for the distribution tanks and pipe.
  • The remaining $3,500 will come from funds from the former RC Bali Ubud to supply distribution tanks, pipe, and connections.
Our well contractor, Rich Foss & Bill Schneider at bore site in Aas

Our well contractor, Rtns Allan Star & Bill Schneider at bore site in Aas

The entire water project at Banjar Aas is funded at $13,500. A lot of loose ends are still to be resolved and completed. The next step is to find a pump for the well and build a hand-washing facility at the well site which is also the wantilan (meeting place) for the Banjar. This will necessarily include a storage tank. Download the current update on this project in Powerpoint (pdf). This is also the site at which Yayasan Rumah Sehat has built a ‘nurses room’ where Rtns. Ray and Sue Bishop of RC Bali Taman hold frequent health fairs. RC Bali Taman and RC Hope Island in Australia are the drivers behind this effort.

RYLA Pilot Project

ANOTHER WAY OF CONDUCTING RYLA…A PILOT PROGRAM The RCBUS RYLA Committee is proposing a different format for RYLA, Rotary year 2014-2015. It will be a club-sponsored RYLA, planned and implemented by RCBUS in cooperation with Rotaract Club Ubud. This is intended as a pilot program.

Past RYLAs have included rock climbing exercises

Past RYLAs have included rock climbing exercises

Briefly, this RYLA will be 3 days in duration, held in the Ubud area, and be limited to 20 participants. Of these 20 participants, 20% will be current Rotaracts and 80% will be non-Rotaracts. RYLA nominees will be screened via an application form (used in previous RYLAs) and interviews. Two objectives (in addition to those listed above) are: 1.  Increase the membership of Rotaract Club Ubud and in turn prepare Rotaracts to become Rotarians; and, 2.  Define the purposes of both Rotaract and Rotary and instill those leadership traits that lead to embracing ‘Service above Self’. These objectives will be met through multiple approaches including team games; team projects; multimedia; motivational speakers, etc. Funding will be from RCBUS’ allotment of District Designated Funds. See documents: Proposal for RYLA 2015 RYLA 2015 Budget  

Research and Demonstrate Sustainable Dry Land Farming in NW Bali

Test corn compared with local variety

Test corn compared with local variety

RCBUS will oversee a project in northwest Bali developed by the Biosphere Foundation with funding from the Australian government’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) to:

  • Research and promote new staple and cash crops
  • Research and promote dry land farming techniques
  • Research, demonstrate and promote sustainable growing techniques.
Biosphere-measuring trees

Learning to measure tree saplings

The project is being implemented in partnership with local farmers and several Indonesian groups. The ultimate aim of the project is to reduce encroachment on the natural resources of the surrounding National Park, both terrestrial and marine. These resources are of primary importance both ecologically and economically to the district of Buleleng. They are the main attraction to visitors who come to the area. Download Biosphere Foundation DAP proposal (pdf).  

A significant record of accomplishment

We have accomplished a great deal since we were chartered in 2008 – over 30 projects in five years. Below are just a few examples. Download this list (pdf)  for our project history.

Global Grant Funds HIV/AIDS/STD Clinic

Even high tech equipment requires Balinese offerings

Even high tech equipment requires Balinese offerings

A new HIV Clinic opened in Ubud, Bali in July 2013, with the help of Rotary funding secured by Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset (RCBUS). Klinik Anggrek, which also treats all kinds of STDs, is housed in the general health clinic Puskesmas Ubud II in Sayan Ubud.

Test results are available within one hour, and counseling is immediate. As of April, 2014, the clinic had conducted over 462 tests for HIV and STI, with 396 total patients and 771 visits – proof of a vital need in our area.

Clinic exam room

Clinic exam room with equipment purchased with Rotary Global Grant funding

A Rotary Global Grant funded the renovations and testing equipment; it also funded medications, medical personnel training and community educational outreach for one year. Funds from RCBUS and three California Rotary Clubs (La Jolla Golden Triangle, Blythe, and Carlsbad High-Noon) were matched by funds from The Rotary Foundation for a total of US $57,000. Funding is currently sought for the clinic’s second year of operations.

Read a brief summary on the growing threat in Bali and Indonesia.

Global Grant Funds Payangan Schools Water/Sanitation/Hygiene Training

Our club’s major focus for 2010-2011 was our first Global Grant, a project that provided a reliable water supply, toilets and hand-washing basins to five elementary schools in the rural district of Payangan. Additionally, school staff, students and families of these students were given basic health training with an emphasis on hand washing.

This project was financed by RCs La Jolla Golden Triangle, San Diego Downtown Breakfast, and District 5340, in addition to The Rotary Foundation, for a total of $33,000.

Water Project in Temukus

This project brought water into a remote village to ensure year-round water availability.

New water tank is celebrated with prayers & offerings

The village of Temukus is located in the dry area of Karangasam, East Bali and has a population of approximately 500 villagers.  During the dry season, the closest water source is 1000 meters uphill and the path is difficult and dangerous.  This project brings water into the village and ensures water availability year round.  Water is delivered by gravity, a simple approach requiring minimal maintenance.  Budget $5500.

Water source for the village, high on Mount Agung

The project came in under budget to the extent that the village was able to run additional piping from their new water tank to two nearby villages which were also hampered by access to water.

The dirt track “road” to Temekus is subject to frequent landslides, as is the track to the trailhead leading to their spring. A recently married Rotaracter couple has donated 1000 saplings to the village for planting to prevent further roadside erosion.

Water and Literacy


Children receive box of new learning materials

This project provided teaching and learning materials for two Ubud elementary schools and water projects in four Ubud schools.  Budget $18,150.  Funded by RC Kelowno Ogopogo.  Matching Grant.



Carmi is able to join her friends at school

RCBUS has accepted funds for poverty level children who are screened and selected through Yayasan YKIP.  In this case a child named Carmi was chosen so she could continue her elementary school education. Private donation Budget IDR 2,500,000

More Successful Projects Completed

Water and Literacy

This project provides teaching and learning materials for two Ubud elementary schools and water projects in four Ubud schools.  Budget $18,150.  Funded by RC Kelowno Ogopogo.  Matching Grant

Pilot Waste Management and Recycling Training

A one year program  to train students and staff of a high school plus the staff of adjacent warungs (local eateries) in recycling. Training, monitoring, bins and collection supplied by EcoBali Recycling.  RCBUS sponsored two bins and will assist with monitoring. Neighbors have sponsored other bins. Private Funding IDR 4,400,000 from Bali Buddha:  IDR 490,000 from RCBU

Water Project Bayung Gede

This project will provide water to the villagers in Bayung Gede, a community of 2500 with no access to water during the dry season.   The project provides piping, a generator, a pump and 2 water storage tanks.  The villagers provide labour.  RC Seaside District Simplified Grant.  IDR 98,161,000.  Funded by RCs Seaside, Warrenton, Tillamook, North Tillamook, Forest Grove Daybreak, USA, RC Manningham Australia, and private donations.


Batu Kesini Water Project

A well and two water tanks provided to a poor village in East Bali.  Rotary Club Ubud and Ubud Rotaracters are overseeing the project.    Budget $10,000.  Funded by RCs Ignacio, Foster City, Colorado Springs, Menlo Park.   Matching Grant.




Learning tools, books and furniture for Umah Anyar elementary school SD3 in Pejeng Kaja. Direct Donation RC Woodside-Portola Valley USA Budget $3,576

Completion of Bridge

Completion of a partially constructed bridge in the area of Kerta, Tabanan, Bali. Use of the bridge reduced travel time by at least one hour to fields, markets and schools for over 1,000 people.  Direct Donation by anonymous donor. Budget $1,000.




Aid to Children

Corporate Sponsorship from Duty Free Shops / LVMH with the stipulation that financial support be allocated to aiding young children. Project proposal in process.  Private donations from Executive Lynette Johnson and matching donation from LVMH. Budget up to $10,000.

Literacy and Health

Funded by RC Paso Robles, this project provided books and sports equipment to a school in the district of Payangan. District Simplified Grant from RC Paso Robles Budget $1500





RCBUS accepts funds for poverty level children who are screened and selected through Yayasan YKIP.  In this case a child named Carmi was chosen so she could continue her elementary school education. Private donation Budget IDR 2,500,000



Poverty Level Housing

RCBUS accepts funds to provide housing for poverty level families who are either selected by the donor or screened and selected through Yayasan YKIP.  Private donation Budget IDR 100,000,000




Training Farmers to Increase Yields

This project provided training for Balinese rice farmers in the system of rice intensification, which can increase yields while using less rice seed and water and without agricultural chemicals.  Over 200 communal rice organization (subak)  leaders all from over Bali have been trained and they have passed the training on to farmers in their communities. Private Funding (Funding Network UK) Budget IDR 710,000,000


Basic Literacy Training on Flores island

This project provided transportation, medical insurance and associated costs for two volunteer teachers to travel to Pulau Besar island off of Flores and teach basic literacy there for one year.  Funded by RC Bali Ubud Sunset with a budget of IDR 10,000,000.



Water and Literacy

Funded by RCs Ignacio, Woodside and Central Marin, this project provided teaching and learning materials to four Ubud schools, water for one school, school supplies to Panti Asuhan and camera equipment for multimedia courses to Campuhan College.  Budget US$24,633.  Matching Grant



Elementary Schools: Literacy

Funded by RC Redding Riverview Sunset this project provided teaching and learning materials to four Ubud schools.  Because of a favorable exchange rate, we were also able to provide a printer to Campuhan College.  Budget US$17,525  Matching Grant

Community Service: IT support

RC Carringbah, Australia, brought IT volunteers to Bali to provide advice/support for Campuhan College.  Self-funded

Community Service: Kindergarten books

Funded by Diane Parker and friends, eight kindergartens in Tampak Siring were supplied with books and building blocks.  Private Funding  Budget IDR 5,180,248.




Elementary Schools: Water and Sanitation

Funded by RC Ignacio, RC Novato and RC Central Marin, this project provided water tanks, deep wells and toilets for five Ubud schools.   Budget US$15,022.   Matching Grant





Community Service: Playground Renovation

Funded by private donations from Diane Parker and friends, Rtns Janet Molloy, Sue Winski, Lloyd Hassencahl, Alisa Chazani and Marilyn Carson, RCBUS repaired, painted and added playground equipment as a community service working with teachers and village leaders. Rtn Janet Molloy also installed a wash basin, painted the classroom inside and out, and donated numerous books.  Private Funding IDR 5,238,800

Laptops for training for students of poverty level families

Campuhan College: Funded by RCs La Jolla Golden Triangle, Alexandria, Minneapolis, and Minneapolis South, this project provided 15 Mac laptops, two external tera back-up hard drives and a dry box to Campuhan College.  This equipment is used to teach technical skills in multi-media and graphic design to high-achieving sponsored students from poverty-level families.  This training will allow young people to move into well-paying jobs or open their own businesses.  100% of students who complete this training have found jobs, or continued their education.    Budget $14,950.  Matching Grant

Disaster Relief

Donations to victims of the Java floods, Yogyakarta earthquake and Sumatra earthquake including AUD$2,000 from RC Manningham.  Total donated IDR 28,381,828.

Toilets and Water Tanks – Sumba Island

Sumba Water Tanks/Toilets: Funded by RCs Seaside, Astoria, Portland Pearl and Lake Oswego (district 5100), this project provided 34 community rainwater catchment tanks and 196 family composting toilets in a very poor, dry area of Sumba.   Budget $25,487  Matching Grant



RCBUS & Rotaract Library Project

Rotaract Library Project: Funded by RC Ignacio via MG #69874, this project provided library books to several rural elementary schools in Payangan, along with activities and games which encouraged children to read for pleasure.  IDR 9,000,000