Dec 6, 2019

Bamboo Bikes in UK and Wheelchair for Disabled East Bali Boy

Setting frame in Jig & tacking
Setting frame in Jig & tacking

Bamboo Bike frames to UK

 

We get a lot of bamboo bike enquiries through our EBBB websitewww.eastbalibamboobikes.com but many are just that: enquiries! Imagine my surprise when I got a serious enquiry in September from a newly established British company that wants to promote eco-friendly bamboo bikes mainstream, and was looking for a supplier that had a social community impact!  After much communication, their excitement grew and they ordered 2 custom frames, complete with their logo – to be sent air freight so they can build up with quality components to promote and market in the period coming up to Christmas. The great news is that they were shipped at the end of last week and will arrive in Bristol UK today!  I’m hoping that in our next report, East Bali Bamboo bikes will be making unique inroads on the UK cycling scene!!

New wheelchair for severely disabled East Bali boy

Further to our September update, I’m thrilled to report that Brad, our client, was successful in his fundraising and ordered another wheelchair last month, which we are now building for a very tragic 4 year old boy. Born the first of triplets, from only three months old, he suffered a series of seizures, leaving him almost totally paralysed and unable to talk, whilst the other triplets are normal and healthy. He’s a beautiful boy with elder siblings and very caring parents, who are extremely poor but both work hard to give their children the best in life. The basic wheelchair they had was rusty and unsafe. So as soon as Brad gave us the good news, our bamboo artisan measured young Alit and got to work!  Progress is great, as you can see from the photos, just waiting for the aluminium components, which are currently being hand made from top grade aluminium in Bandung. I’ll share the completion and handover photos in our next report. We still have 6 more disabled children from impoverished East Bali families on the waiting list, so if you are interested in sponsoring a bamboo wheelchair for the next child, please email me for more information at david.booth@eastbalipovertyproject.org

Bamboo bikes create excitement for Bali’s Dyatmika high school students

We frequently have overseas international schools visiting and interacting with our EBPP schools students but last Monday, 2ndDecember was the first time in 11 years that the local Dyatmika’s high school students had visited, and when planning the visit with their teacher, he asked if there’d be time to visit our Bamboo Bikes workshop. Logistics prevented that so, we took the bikes to the meeting point in Daya, (where our workshop was prior to evacuating due to Mount Agung activity) and it was their treat after they’d had great activities with our high school students. The photos tell the story, and in the words of their teacher, “they absolute loved the bikes, they thought they were cool and loved that they were being built locally with sustainable products. A few of them were going to try and convince their parents to buy one for Christmas!” Let’s hope they are our next customers!!

Wrapping, preparing for epoxy
Wrapping, preparing for epoxy
Our local artisan securing frame with niimble toes
Our local artisan securing frame with niimble toes
Removing excess epoxy with air sander
Removing excess epoxy with air sander
Completed City Bike frame
Completed City Bike frame
Setting the bamboo push rim
Setting the bamboo push rim
Rear view in process
Rear view in process
Front view - wrapped, ready for epoxy
Front view - wrapped, ready for epoxy
Frame, seat & push rims, awaiting other components
Frame, seat & push rims, awaiting other components
Bali's Dyatmika high school excite with the bikes
Bali's Dyatmika high school excite with the bikes
Dyatmika high school student riding the bike
Dyatmika high school student riding the bike
Nov 19, 2019

EBPP STUDENTS' UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES! CROSS CULTURE SHARING AND RELIGIOUS STUDY TRIP

Every year from September to November is great for our students but this year has been exceptional, as we report below.


Student Council (OSIS) establishment, 21st September

A new initiative of EBPP students who, through their EMpower program, decided to seek solutions to many problems, especially school dropout and child marriage, that still happen in their schools, and were inspired by the Regional Children Forum of Karangasem, FAD (Forum Anak Daerah), to form a student council after the FAD presentation last April about children’s rights convention and children’s organizations, including OSIS. In order to make a memorable election, the EMpower Team initiated a camping weekend, located at Candi Gora Temple, Tianyar Timur on Saturday 21st September, when all EBPP high school students gathered for their first camping activities, starting with cleaning the area, praying and then, erecting their tents. As this was their first time camping, they really struggled – but had great fun - building the tents. The weather was much hotter than their mountain village, BUT the sun’s sting couldn’t lower their spirits!


Mount Barker Community School (MBCC) Annual Visit, 24th September

This year we took their 9 students and 3 teachers to EBPP Pengalusan School. They divided the activities into four groups, rotating every 30 minutes. Group one: Guessing games using play dough, guessing who am I? and other fun games played with artificial hands (tiny hands), challenging them to play ball and tie shoelaces with these artificial hands!! Group 2 was twister games and board games, dealing with numbers. In Group 3 was playing the flute and fun Uno. Finally, group 4 was a sports activity. The most fantastic activity though was creating EBPP students’ individual profiles! EBPP students then taught bamboo weaving, music and Balinese traditional dance to show and share their talents with MBCC students, especially in bamboo basket weaving skills.

Ari Rudenko’ Prehistoric Body Theater, 14th – 15th October

Ari Rudenko, artistic director and founder of Prehistoric Body Theatre introduced the dinosaur dance to our students. He and his amazing Indonesian dance team through gave a 2 day workshop illustrating and teaching EBPP students prehistoric dances created by Ari to accompany his Ghosts of Hell Creak historic documentary – a dance about a prehistoric animal (acheroraptor).


ISKL (International School Kuala Lumpur) 22nd - 23rd October

Tuesday 22nd October, the first of a 2 day sharing visit by 16 tenth grade students and 3 teachers from ISKL, led by Jeffrey Samson who’d visited earlier this year. We took them to Pengalusan School where ISKL students divided into three groups: one learnt music with EBPP’s Volcano Band, another practicing traditional Balinese dance, and the 3rd were taught fine bamboo basket weaving by our girls and the coarser weave by our boys. They rotated every 30 minutes so all got involved. On 23rd October, ISKL students piled into the back of EBPP’s 4WD pickups for the 25 minute trip to Jatituhu school - located on Mount Abang slopes - and directly got to work with EBPP students repairing steep steps from the road to the school, repairing the school ceiling, painting all classrooms and the library, all materials costs sponsored by ISKL! Language was a challenge due to EBPP students’ limited English - but they managed to communicate for cooperation. Teamwork with the groups and students on different activities ended with a job super well done!!


10 Bali Hindu Temples “Tirta Yatra” 2-days Tour

On October 25-26, 2019, a total of 210 students, tutors and EBPP staff took a road trip in 6 buses around Bali island to hold joint prayers at 10 main Hindu temples: Silayukti, Goa Lawah, Sakenan, Uluwatu, Tanah Lot, Rambut Siwi, Jaya Prana, Pulaki, Melanting, and Ponjok Batu Temples. The field trip was amazing and tiring at the same time, we’re still happy and enjoyed every moment at each temple. At 3.15pm on 26th October, we arrived at EBPP Ban Office and went to our respective home happily. This spiritual field trip gave us a very special and unforgettable experience and we’re looking forward for the next one.

We could not have achieved the above without your amazing support, Global Giving crowdfunding donors. Please continue your support and help us to keep teaching, empowering and motivating our Jatituhu and Pengalusan students. Donate on #Giving Tuesday, 3rd December and get donations MATCHED by GlobalGiving!

Visit from Mount Barker school
Visit from Mount Barker school
Nov 13, 2019

Creative Learning Methods Foster Students' Analytical, Critical, and Logical Thinking Skills

The difficult geographic location of EBPP’s Pengalusan and Jatituhuschools, high up the slope of Mount Agung and Abang respectively, does not dampen the enthusiasm of either students or teachersto get to these schools.The teachers admit that the limited school facilities make them even more determined:faced with many challenges and obstacles, we make use of limited media to develop creative learning methods that can foster students’ ability to think critically, logically and analytically.

 

Some examples of creative media in learning Civics and Economicsare when our teacher first drew his own charts/ shapes according to the learning material. Secondly, he created cards as the game method of connecting cards and matching cards. Thirdly, active problem-based discussion learning groups and presentations using a digital projector to display picture and video, and using the mind-mapping learning method as well as contextual learning and field practice.

 

In maths lessons, our teacher creates crossword puzzles by getting the students to fill in numbers according to the subjects such as the results of multiplication, division and fraction numbers. This game is a very appropriate way to hone students’ thinking skills. Another teacher uses charts in teaching statistic by having the students working in groups and doing some interview in neighbours’ house to find the data needed. After collecting the data, then they developed the charts and gave presentations. In science classes, the students also gavepresentations to their peers to prove that the material they learn is already mastered. In English, the teacher uses many different activities such as reading story books every week andgetting the students to memorize five new words, learning through games such as noughts and crosses game to encourage step by step students’ logical thinking skill. In this game the students have to compete in groups; the winner is the first group to fill three squares in a row, either across, down, or diagonally by creating sentences using the words in the squares. If their sentence is correct they can write either “X”s or “O”s based on their group.

 

Since we usemany different media in learning, the ability to think critically, logically and analyse starts to grow, seen by the students’ ability in asking, answering, commenting, and active communication.To be a successful teacher, we must be able to create interesting learning media that will invite questions and ultimately train students to think critically and analyse problems in all materials presented to them.

Thank you GlobalGiving for supporting our fundraising for education programs, enabling us, the teachers, to develop our students’ skills so they can finish their studies, and hopefully, these skills will to make a real contribution to their life by having the ability to think critically, logically, and to analyse problems. We still need funds urgently to enable us to continue teaching these dedicated students for many years to come.

 
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