RCBUS Completes 17 Water Tank Projects

Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset (RCBUS) has implemented 17 water projects since 2007, mainly in East Bali. The villages that received such aid include the lower half of Gulinten Village, Gitgit Village, three projects in Banjar Canguang, 2 projects in Batukeseni, Lipah, Linggawana, a return to Gulinten to add 250 more families to the project, Banjar Aas in Desa Bunutan, Banjar Songis, Beluu, and Kendampal.

Project Nr. 16: Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset [RCBUS] partnered with Kasih Ibu Hospital to provide clean water for the residents of Desa Central Seraya in Karangasem Regency. On Wednesday, June 23, 2022, the Regent of Karagasem I Gede Dana, accompanied by health officials, social officials; the head of BPBD, and the head of the Karangasem District, met with the Director of Kasih Ibu Saba. Kasih Ibu Saba will celebrate its 6th anniversary on AUGUST 6, 2022.  To help commemorate that event, Kasih Ibu Saba agreed to donate twenty-two water tanks to one of RCBUS’ water projects.  Those 22 water tanks were presented to Desa Central Seraya on Saturday, June 25, 2022.  The festivities surrounding the donation included a Healthy Day program with free medical diagnosis and treatment along with social services for the members of the Desa Central Seraya community. The Healthy Days was staffed by experts from Kasih Ibu Hospital.  They included 3 general practitioners, an internist; an ear, nose and throat specialist; a pediatrician; and an optometrist. Approximately 200 people from Seraya Village received medical evaluation and treatment at no charge during the Healthy Day activities.

Representatives and volunteers from Kasih Ibu Hospital included CEO PT. MNJ from Kasih Ibu Hospital Group, Mr. Krishnawenda Duarsa and family, and members of the Board of Directors along with the Director of Kasih Ibu Saba, Dr. Made Ary Puspitasari. Attending from the local government were the Regent (Bupati) of Karangasem, Bpk. I Gede Dana and his staff.  RCBUS was represented by Club President Hans Schmid, Past President Kartika Dewi, and Treasurer Brian Goldman.

This clean water project was also supported by Rotary Club of Seaford in Australia which provided funding for 6 water tanks. RCBUS provided 7 water tanks.  In total 35 water tanks were installed in family homes in Desa Central Seraya. This will allow 35 families to harvest clean water at their homes, eliminating a walk to a clean water source which can sometimes take up to two and a half hours one way.

October 2022 RCBUS decided to continue the project with the addition of 55 1200-liter water tanks in Kayu Wit Seraya – Karangasem Region. Past President Kartika Dewi organized a donation of AUS $10.800 from our partner Club of Seaford.  All water tanks were delivered in early February 2023. On Sunday Feb. 26th, a group of 6 RCBUS members, including 3 Rotaracts, visited the village. The group placed stickers identifying Rotary Club of Seaford as the donor on each tank. When RCBUS asked the chief of the village, “How do we get a tank to each house?” The answer was “We carry it with bamboo poles. Two people work together carry it into the house. It is teamwork of all neighbors”.

It was RCBUS’ 17th successful water project.