In times of crisis, many people in need in Bali can no longer pay the school fees for their children. Unimaginable for us here in Germany, where school education comes first.
To be able to continue paying the school fees for these motivated young people, see picture, from the village Selasih, makes us happy.
We are very grateful that we can continue to pay the school fees for these and other students with your money. It is about 10/17 € per month, depending on the exchange rate and the school.
We have 6 high school students and 6 secondary school students in Selasih who need 3 years of financial support. The cost, according to the current exchange rate, is 205 Euro/ year for the high school students and 117 Euro/ year for the secondary school students.
The total cost for 3 years for all 12 students is 5,796 Euros. The cost includes registration, exam fees, all school fees and uniforms.
Update March 2022:
In March 2022 we visited a student in her village and the family of another supported student. We are pleased to hear that all the supported young people are currently able to complete a work internship in institutions appropriate to their educational background.
The student Luh Mas, who is training to be a cook, has her final exams this summer. We are excited.
Update September 2022:
Whenever Luh Mas is at home, she takes care of her younger brother because both parents have health problems. Luh Mas always studied when he was asleep. Now she has graduated with very good grades. She is super proud - and so are we.
Luh Mas is still torn whether she will stay with her parents in the village and continue to help them take care of her younger brother and build up a pig farm on the side, or whether she will go abroad to gain more experience. However, due to her very good grades, she has already applied for a job abroad in parallel.
We are giving 5 selected young people from the village of Selasih new opportunities through a leadership programme. At first glance, it seemed far too academic.
But the inspiring coach Aaron Mashano from Zambia from the startup LOT 360° convinced us and assured us that the training will be adapted to the level and needs of the 5 future leaders.
Moreover, we are in direct contact with the 5 selected young people from Selasih via WhatsApp and they are touchingly motivated and grateful for this opportunity to develop themselves further.
The programme is now being implemented for 3 months on a trial basis. Depending on its success, it will be decided whether to continue for another 6 months.
This is a great opportunity for sustainable change not only for the 5 leaders but also for the PKP Community Centre, the village of Selasih and the start-up LOT 360°.
We are excited and thank a generous supporter who makes this opportunity possible.
Update November 2021:
In November 2021, we were finally able to visit Selasih in person again. It is impressive how they have used the time despite the difficulties. It is particularly pleasing to see that the young leaders of the centre have grown in the leadership programme. For example, they have chosen a leader for each further education institution in their centre who, thanks to the coaching, looks after his area very reliably. The leaders also grow personally through this task and responsibility. Their English has improved a lot and the young leaders dare to speak to us in English much more than they did at the beginning.
A press article brought the Indonesian organisation Pratisara Bumi Foundation to our attention.
They offer a 9-month incubation programme for green entrepreneurship with a focus on strengthening the resilience of the Balinese economy in three sectors: Handicrafts, Agri-Food and Sustainable Tourism.
The programme, called INKURI, targets young Balinese aged 18 to 35, with a focus on those who lost their jobs during the pandemic.
1.2 million Indonesian youth are still struggling to find a job. 60% of them live in rural areas.
What is special about INKURI, at the end of the programme, six finalists will be supported to build their local sustainable business with start-up capital. The businesses are set up in rural areas of Bali, for the villagers and in collaboration with the villagers.
We have met the five founders of the organisation. We appreciate their seriousness and professionalism in pursuing sustainable development goals. They are also working successfully on this with the Women's Earth Alliance, for example.
Thanks to a generous donation, we will be able to support all six sustainable local businesses with start-up capital from August 2022. We are very much looking forward to working with these young people who play an important role for change. We will introduce you to the six teams one by one and report regularly on their progress.
In doing so, chanceforchange is supporting green entrepreneurship in Bali and strengthening Bali's resilience through creativity and innovation.
Update September 2022:
New project since June 2022:
The Balinese community Malu Dong has been fighting against waste in Bali since 2009.
Their focus is on educating young people and their villages. For Malu Dong, it is not only about creating awareness, but above all about feeling the commitment and will in the villages to find a
way for sustainable waste management.
In the pictures, the Malu Dong team is active in Karangasem, East Bali, in Desa Tenganan, where the big Perang Pandan ceremony will soon take place to prepare the villages for waste management.
Malu Dong and the community will ensure that the large amounts of waste that are usually generated during the ceremonies are reduced and properly disposed of.
Thanks to our supporters, we can support Malu Dong in their activities and help them organise waste disposal for the upcoming Hindu ceremonies.
Education on environmental awareness is still very important in Indonesia. Unfortunately, the government is not pulling in the same direction as the numerous organisations in Bali that are
already taking the hard road in the fight against waste. This inconsistency is felt by Indonesians and many do not take the issue of waste seriously in their private lives. Nevertheless, the work
of the many organisations and activists here is important and a help in the right direction.
malu dong=shame on you
buang sampah sembarangan=
Throw away rubbish carelessly