Sep 12, 2016

BAMBOO WORKSHOP NEARING COMPLETION

EBPP students bringing rock & sand for foundation
EBPP students bringing rock & sand for foundation

We launched our GlobalGiving UK Crowdfunding campaign on 10th June to “Build a Bamboo Workshop for 19 East Bali Villages”, setting an initial target to raise $5,000 in 40 days.  We were all very excited when we had reached our goal by early July, with just over half of the funds donated by regular donors directly to our Foundation bank account, and further funding enabled us to increase the planned size of the workshop from the initial 24 square metres to 32 square metres (4 x 8). The basic, but professional, equipment like an electrical saw, sanding machine, pillar drilling machine and some painting tools will bring technological resources to the people from Desa Ban thanks to the support of all the campaign crowd funders! In addition, 3 laptops were donated by our new partner, COMO Shambhala Resort, through their MasterCard PwP CSE programme and a copy lathe and a thickness planer machine were donated by a very dedicated Indonesian donor who started supporting our sustainable community based Bamboo Sustainability projects in 2015, as a sign of his continued trust and confidence in this project.

Groundwork started at the end of July with basic earthworks and sourcing volcanic sand and rocks from the nearby Daya dry riverbed for our construction. When the area had been leveled, our senior high school students, who have their COMO Shambhala Resort sponsored Bamboo Skills training every Saturday at our Daya Bamboo Centre, did the first heavy work for the bamboo workshop on 6th August by carting and placing the rocks ready for the main foundations. T the time of writing this report, all the walls are now built, windows in place and we do plan to have the building completed with roof and roller shutter doors at front and back by the 3rd week in September. After that, all of the machines will be installed, professional trainers will be recruited to train EBPP Bamboo team. led by EBPP Organic Farming and Bamboo Team Leader, I Ketut, a Ban village resident who joined EBPP in 1998 as our 2nd local staff, in professional use of all of the new tools and equipment.

As we do have 3 main bamboo craft products that our team and students have developed over the last few months,we are in the process of recruiting a bamboo crafts specialist to work with our team and students,who are becoming the future community trainers,to assist with quality control training and new product development so that the first bamboo products will be developed and ready for marketing and sales. These products will be shared on social media to give you the opportunity to continue being involved, both through receiving your feedback and purchasing handicrafts.

The photo selection here gives the step by step progress of this great Bamboo Workshop

I’ll close by giving a huge thank you to all of you who have supported us to achieve this major milestone in EBPP’s goal of sustainable community based social and economic development – with the first generation of children to be educated leading their parents and communities to an empowered and self-reliant future

EBPP Students bringing rocks & sand for foundation
EBPP Students bringing rocks & sand for foundation
6th August, foundation ready for concrete
6th August, foundation ready for concrete
6th August, students taking well deserve break
6th August, students taking well deserve break
9th Aug, local volcanic rock foundation completed
9th Aug, local volcanic rock foundation completed
Columns in place
Columns in place
A well earned lunch break
A well earned lunch break
David & Ketut marking columns for window height
David & Ketut marking columns for window height
Our volunteer, Borja B Mendes, helps the building
Our volunteer, Borja B Mendes, helps the building
Sieving the volcanic sand ready for concreting
Sieving the volcanic sand ready for concreting
Discussions in our Daya Bamboo Centre with donor
Discussions in our Daya Bamboo Centre with donor
Windows in place and walls plastered
Windows in place and walls plastered
The other end of the workshop
The other end of the workshop
Bamboo workshop, adjoining our open training area
Bamboo workshop, adjoining our open training area
Aug 24, 2016

JATITUHU CROWDFUNDING BENEFICIARY STUDENTS CONTINUE TO SHINE IN SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Indonesia's Independence Day flag raising ceremony
Indonesia's Independence Day flag raising ceremony

School is an important place for children to study and share their knowledge. Because education is so important to the intellectual and social growth of a child, EBPP raised funds using a crowdfunding campaign to improve Desa Ban’s Jatituhu hamlet where 12 children are reaping the benefits and thriving from their studies more than ever.

Through the help of an EBPP Art Teachers, children are now able to use art supplies to turn plain white paper into a beautiful work of art. They combine many colours to make incredible pictures. Only those children who enjoy art as a hobby and wish to work at it daily achieve such a high standard of artistic talent – it’s something they must work at and dedicate themselves to.

August is the happiest month of the year for children of EBPP because we celebrate Indonesia’s Independence Day on August 17th, 2016. This year was the 71st Independence Day and the event was very fun and successful for everyone who attended. The day allows children to participate in competitions and races as well as perform music, dance and drama.

Before the event begins, all students receive a nutritious breakfast which includes bread and fresh fruit. Afterwards, everyone gathers to attend the flag ceremony and participate in competitions including: chess, 100 metre sprint, potato sack races, and Panjat Pinang (traditional Indonesian Independence Day game which has people climb up a slippery pole by working together in order to win the prizes placed at the top – it’s always a highly anticipated event)!

During the performance part of the day, children participated in music, dance and drama and this year they were very entertaining while also being educational. They started with a series of sketches entitled “EMpower”. These skits were about nutrition, reproductive health, and how to operate computers. Then, the traditional Balinese dancers wowed the audience with their incredible routines. Afterwards, there were musical performances that included singing and playing instruments. One of Jatituhu student, Ni Nyoman Sudarmi, performed “Merak Angelo” (Peacock) Balinese dance.

In this annual EBPP Independence Day celebration, some of our Jatituhu students were winners in the followingcompetitive events: I Kadek Suryanata came FIRST in our inter-schools chess competition; Ni Nengah Maga Ani, besides being good in Balinese dance, she also came second in the 100 metres girlsrace;I Ketut Rudi came 4th in for 100 metre boys race and Ni Komang Parti, Ni Wayan Sukerni & Ni Kadek Sudarmi all got first place in the clogs race!

At the end of the events, trophies were presented to all the schools, based on their scores from the different events and then all were given hygiene kits comprising towel, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, all donated by Bali Dynasty Resort. Finally all of the children helped clean up the plastic waste that had been left after the festivities before heading home.

100 meter women run race
100 meter women run race
100 meter men run race
100 meter men run race
"Merak Angelo" (Peacock) Balinese dance
"Merak Angelo" (Peacock) Balinese dance
"Panjat Pinang" climb up a slippery pole
"Panjat Pinang" climb up a slippery pole
Inter-schools chess competition
Inter-schools chess competition
May 27, 2016

THE STRUGGLE FOR A BETTER FUTURE

Ni Nyoman Maga Ani (RHS in the photo above) was born on January 3rd, 2005 in Jatituhu hamlet on very dry slopes of Mount Abang in East Bali. She is the 2nd of 5 children and her parents are farmers who are only able to plant vegetables (corn and cassava) in the 4 months rainy season.

Her mother miscarried when she was pregnant with her youngest brother due to falling on the steep hill slopes whilst finding grass for their cow. At the time, she slipped and fell and her leg got impaled on a dry tree branch and became swollen, resulting in serious infection and weakness, resulting in the baby dying before birth.

Maga Ani never despairs, even though she is only 11 years old as she loves to help her parents. She wakes up every day at 6am then looks for grass for her cows and also looks for firewood for cooking. She also takes care of their pig after school hours.

Currently Maga Ani is in fifth grade of elementary school. Last year she felt sad when EBPP explained that one of the Jatituhu school sponsor stopped the donation due to difficult financial condition. She was though very happy when we told her that she still able to continue her education because EBPP managed to get sufficient funds for her and the other 11 Jatituhu children through the GlobalGiving UK crowd funding platform.

She loves learning the Balinese language as her favourite school subject and she really likes to work in groups. Her favourite school activity though is learning Balinese dance. Due to her high motivation, within a few months Maga Ani was able to master several types of Balinese dances, such as Pendet (welcome dance), Puspanjali, Rejang and Merak dances. She is often asked by the community to perform Balinese dance at the local temple when they have traditional religious ceremony. In the future, she wants to be a Balinese dance teacher and establish a dance studio to teach the children. Maga Ani also likes to paint, and would also love to become an artist one day!

In celebration of Indonesia’s National Education Day on May 2nd, 2016, Maga Ani and some of her friends was also chosen to represent Jatituhu elementary school for inter-school quiz contest.

Overall, EBPP’s 12 Jatituhu children who received sponsorship though GGUK crowd funding campaign last year are very motivated to study and promise to continue their education so that someday they can realise their dreams.

 
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