In this crisis, Indonesians are turning their attention to one of the oldest main sectors of the Indonesian economy: Agriculture. A gift that has only played a minor role due to tourism.
During our time in Bali, we also quickly learned that Bali's soil is very fertile. A harvest is possible there up to four times a year.
The Organic Farming Workshop by the organisation Harmoni Parahyangan includes the complete initial equipment of necessary tools, a composting plant, seeds and seedlings and professional supervision for one year.
The following costs have been incurred per family and per one-year programme: 114.17 Euros/ year.
The aim is to accompany the families until they can harvest for their own use for the first time after three months and can exchange or sell their harvest, seeds and seedlings after six months. A contribution to SDG N°1 No poverty and SDG N°2 Zero Hunger.
Unfortunately, the still young organisation Harmoni Parahyangan, with which we started the farming pilot project, has also been hit hard due to the pandemic. They could not continue their good work. Too many family problems, financial worries and their own lack of livelihood forced the young people to focus on making a living. At least the garden of the PKP Community Centre is thriving and is well looked after by the community.
Experiences like this are good for our own further development and the assessment of further sustainable projects. Nothing is certain here in Bali. It is still necessary to take small steps, with a lot of empathy and attention.
25 families from the village Selasih participated in a waste education programme in addition to the Organic Workshop.
A support to SDG N°13 Climate Action. Also carried out by Harmoni Parahyangan.
7 of these families will be supported by us for one year. For the waste education programme, this means: providing the waste bins and waste bags, collecting the waste, forwarding it to a professional recycling company and professional supervision for one year.
The following costs have been incurred per family and per one-year programme: 89.15 euros/ year. In addition, some of the families receive monthly COVID-19 financial assistance for daily needs for additional food, schooling and basic health care. The total financial support for the families amounts to 529.41 euros/ year.
We see this pilot project as a contribution to resilience building in the current crisis as well as for crises in the future.
Currently during a waste bank campaign of our partner organisation Harmoni Parahyangan in Selasih:
The villagers are first told how to sort their waste. The recyclable waste is then weighed
and a small amount of money is credited to a kind of savings account.
In return, the villagers can buy seeds from local traders, for example.
A sustainable cycle that supports the SDG N°4 Quality Education and environmental
protection by SDG N°13 Climate Action in addition to SDG N°15 Life on land.
Waste banks are now widespread in Bali. It's a system that the locals understand right away, as they get money or credits for the rubbish they bring in.
Due to private reasons, we are unfortunately not able to continue the above mentioned waste bank campaign with the organisation Harmoni Parahyangan.
Nevertheless, we think that waste banks make a lot of sense, as there is still a lot of rubbish lying around on the streets and in the environment, and often it is simply burnt.
An installation in the migrant complexes, for example, would be very helpful. See SDG 13 Climate action.