Two Important Briefs Available15 Oct 2014
Our 29 September meeting was a bit overwhelming. Cat Wheeler reported on the current state of HIV/AIDS in Bali and Indonesia (not good, and growing).
Of course with the HIV/AIDS epidemic we did respond by working with Bali Peduli to create a clinic in Ubud. This year the clinic has already seen over 700 patients, with 44 testing positive for HIV and 62 more on medication (some coming from other parts of Bali for treatment). Most of the positive patients are pregnant women infected by their husbands.
2015 still a growing problem can we do more?
The helmet project is the passion of the Canggu Rotary Club to educate small children (the next generation) in using motor bike helmets. Sponsor support the purchase of helmets for 3 to 6 year olds and we help find kindergartens with the helmets can be given to kids with a story of the importance of wearing them.
The project is well underway and we have sponsorship for the first 200 children this year. Well done Terri and Penny.
Books for Balinese Schools08 Mar 2016
Recently, several of the Rotaractors went to Gramedia bookstore to choose 10 ,000,000 rupiah (about US$775) worth of books for their Mobile Library project. The money was donated by the Ogopogo Rotary club of Canada through the hard work of Diane Parker. They were lucky as we withdrew the money when it arrived and thus received more rupiah than if we waited until now. Also they received a 10% discount plus “souvenirs” to pass on to the children. We arrived at the end of the process in time to pay the money. Now they will have a Mobile Library Day in Pejeng, a small villiage East of Ubud, on one of the Saturdays in March to which we are all invited and encouraged to attend. They will let us know when. In the meantime with remaining money they will buy prizes for the children as part of the reading games.
A new need – hand puppets. They can find none in Bali and it would help storytelling
Tony and Mary Fagnant will come to Bali for one week on 3 April. He is the president of
Rotary Club Colorado Springs Interquest (for the second time). He is most interested in the Karangasem water projects for which they have funded or contributed to 10 of the 16 projects. They will be taken to Amed on Wednesday, 6 April to visit with Ping and to see some of the water projects. They will attend to RC meeting on Monday, 4 April where Rich Foss, who has been in charge of the water projects in that area will give a water project presentation.
We are so lucky to attract really great Guest Speakers to our club.
Here is a list of some of our fantastic and interesting speakers coming up in 2017:
July 31- Sjaki’s Warung, across from the soccer field in Ubud – helps and educates children with a mental disability on Bali. Hear what they do to help these beautiful children.
August 28 – Melati and Isabel Wijse – these 2 teenagers founded Bye Bye Plastic Bags in Bali and have now spread the concept all over Indonesia. Learn how they did it and why.
Sept 25 – famous author – Bill Dalton. The creator of the original travel book about Bali – The Bali Handbook and founder of Moon Publishing. Now a world renowned travel author. Find out things you never knew about Bali and other places in Indonesia. Have all your questions answered.
Oct 30 – Ron Lilly The Bali Snake Guy. Not to worry, he won’t bring any snakes!! But he will have many images and will answer ALL your questions about snakes in Bali. Which ones are safe to pick up? NONE! Come get your questions answered.
Nov. 27 – Ina Saptiono of Kopernik will speak about how Kopernik is giving hope to poor people everywhere. Ways to cook without cutting down trees, clean drinking water, light at night and much more.
Be sure to mark your calendars so you don’t miss any of them
Indonesia has one of the highest incidences of blindness in the world. At least 3.6 million people are visually impaired and between two and three million of these people are affected by cataracts. For the vast majority of the population there is no hope of treatment, which is unavailable in most of the country. Many of the cataract-blind are elderly, but cataracts can occur at any age, including young children. Those afflicted lead marginalized lives, although most can be successfully treated with simple surgery.
“People are blind because they are poor and remain poor because they are blind” – Foundation founder John Fawcett
In July 2014 Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset sponsored free mobile eye clinics to four villages and two elementary schools in the Ubud area through the John Fawcett Foundation. Over 2,100 people were seen in five visits, including 355 children. The most seriously affected with vision problems in these village visits were among the elderly.
RCBUS member Janet Molloy asks us to support Yayasan Rama Sesana‘s women’s health initiative at the Denpasar market, by purchasing vouchers (kupons) to send our Indonesian women friends for screening.
This is a hugely successful program that brings health services where they’re needed – right next door to the market, with outreach into the market. Vouchers provide a package of services:
- General examination/vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory)
- Pap test (screening for cervical cancer)
- Gram Stain and Wet mount test (screening for RTIs/ STIs)
- Blood test (screening for HIV)
- Breast examination/palpable (screening for breast cancer)
- A follow-up visit is also included if necessary.
If anything suspicious presents, women are sent FREE to Prima Medika for a mammogram.
Cervical cancer is a big problem in Indonesia, where screening is rare so it’s usually found too late.
A kupon is 300,000 per person. Considering you could save a friend’s life, worth the price yes??
10 August Update from Neil Woodgate on little Ketut: Ketut was in hospital for longer than expected after his first chemo treatment, but is now doing well and appears much more cheerful than pre op. Such a great sight to see him smiling again.
25 July, Betel Nut in Ubud: Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset continued their tradition of FUNraisers, teaming with Betel Nut to present The Hogan Brothers, a wildly talented jazz fusion trio to benefit 8-year-old Ketut Evan Aiikrisna. The proceeds from the Rp 100,000 admission fee went towards his medical costs.
“Gyan” – the stage name for talented and charismatic performer Gyan Evans – is coming to Bali for a single night performance on Friday, June 13, 2014 at the Betelnut Restaurant on Jalan Raya Ubud.
Partial proceeds from the performance will go to Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset to assist Bali Peduli’s HIV/AIDS Testing and Treatment Center in Sayan, Ubud.
Ubud’s HIV/AIDS Clinic Opens Officially!10 Apr 2014
On the 3rd of April, Rotary members gathered with Bali Peduli, the head of Gianyar District Health Office, and representatives from related stakeholders to celebrate the official opening of Klinik Anggrek. A Rotary Global Grant funded the required renovations and testing equipment, as well as 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.
Mary Jane Edleson on Sustainable Tourism10 Apr 2014
RCBUS member Mary Jane Edleson of Slow Food Bali continues to share her passion for authentic food, truly a Vocational Service – one of Rotary’s several Avenues of Service. She recently spoke at a local conference on Sustainable Tourism in Indonesia. Catriona Mitchell of Ubud Now and Then gave this report…
‘Body Music’ Was a Great Success!15 Mar 2014
RCBUS Hosts Successful RYLA 201319 Apr 2013
D3420’s RYLA took place on April 12-14. The event was hosted by our club Bali Ubud Sunset and ably let by chair Rtn PROBO. 22 participants aged 15-24 forsook their cell phones for three days and took part in the Outward Bound-type leadership training program, climbing ropes, falling into the mud.
What does a Water Project Look Like?29 Dec 2012
Project “Gulinten II” – W A T E R !!! Rich Foss reports about his recent visit to the village of Gulinten, in far east Bali, to start the water project. It is the beginning of the rainy season and villagers are most happy to end one of the driest seasons in recent years.
HAPPY NEW YEAR27 Dec 2012read more
Nest Box for Bali Starling21 Jun 2011
In Nusa Penida, an small island off Bali, the Bali Starlings being revived from near extinction have a new nesting place high in the trees thanks to the donation of $100 from our club.