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Jul 13, 2018

SUCCESSES IN NATIONAL EXAMS - CHALLENGES AHEAD

Pengalusan student at EBPP Temporary camp
Pengalusan student at EBPP Temporary camp

As we started the new 2018-2019 academic year on 2nd July, I wanted to (a) sincerely thank all of our donors whose support has enabled us to continue educating our motivated Pengalusan and Jatituhu children and (b) update you with their recent achievements/successes and the challenges we face in the months and year ahead– especially as we ran the programs from January 2018 without sufficient funding,but we still continued,as our commitment to give them an integrated and relevant education.

 National Exam Success

Although they had limited time to prepare (only returned to school in mid-February after  Mt Agung eruption evacuations), we are delighted to report that allstudents who took the National Exams in April & May GRADUATED from their respective levels:  5 from elementary, 4 junior high and 5 from senior high school (3 Pengalusan boys& 2 Jatituhu girls). The elementary and junior high school graduates continued to the next level at our school, whilst 3senior high school graduates planned to continue to tertiary education and the other 2 have jobs lined up.Read Pengalusan Graduates success stories, below. From illiteracy to graduation!

 

Challenges

1) Funds urgently needed for Jatituhu and PengalusanChildren's Education!

Our mission since EBPP started in 1998 is to eliminate illiteracy in impoverished communities.In addition to the children presently in school, 8 Jatituhu children are eager to enrol to our Elementary School – inspired by our new graduates - but we are unable to accept them yet due to shortage of funds. Our school is the only real choice for them as the nearest government school is average of 2+ hours walk from their remote hillside homes. Please support us to continue educating the present Jatituhu and Pengalusan children and give the opportunity of the 8 children in waiting to enrol for the 2018-2019 academic year – and enable these students to continue their education, graduate, and lead their communities to prosperity.

Please donate to our GlobalGiving campaign. On GGRewards Bonus Day, 18th July: 9am - 11.59pm EDT (Bali time: 9pm on 18th July - 11.59am on 19th July),GlobalGiving matches all donations up to $500by 50%!

2)  Uncertainty of Mount Agung Volcano Eruptions

Mount Agungstarted erupting again on 27th June, with multiple eruptions and earthquakes to date, the biggest eruption being on 2nd July forcingPengalusan and other communities living nearest the crater to evacuate to a safer locationat Ban village office, 12km away. Fortunately our Jatituhu School is not yet affected as Jatituhu is 8km from the crater and outside the danger zone.

Pengalusan School activities have been affected again by this current situation - but EBPP has given utmost support, and from 9th July, all Pengalusan students- together with our nearby Cegi School, also suspended due to eruptions - are studying in EBPP temporary camp in Tianyar village, 20 km from the crater. Every day EBPP picks up the students from the evacuation camp and drives them to Tianyar.We hope and pray that Mount Agung’s activity will soon cease so that these students can return to study in their own school.

These children need your help. Please continue supporting them in this new academic year.

Thank you so much for your donations that enable these children continue their education.

 

Success Story of our Senior High School Students Graduates

1)    I Want to be Indonesia’s Forestry Minister

My name is Nengah L. I took the national exam in April and May. The tests were difficult, but I studied really hard and I’ve finally got the news that I passed the exam!

I still can’t believe that I could graduate from high school. For 12 years, I was very happy to attend EBPP School and I enjoyed learning with my friends. My favourite lesson was EMpower because it taught me so many practical skills and knowledge, such as computer operation and gender. I am especially impressed with EMpower Spark & Ignite classes as I could learn about relationship between genders, something that is not openly talked about in our community. In the future, I hope men and women will get the same experience and opportunity in the community.

Now that I have graduated, I want to aim high. My father, mother, and brother only work as farmers, but I want to continue studying in college – something that no one in the family had done. After that, I hope to find a good job in Indonesia’s Ministry of Forestry and maybe achieving my lifelong dream to be the Forestry Minister of Indonesia!

2)      Working to Help My Family after Graduation

My name is Nyoman O. My Mum and Dad only work as farmers, while they have four children to take care of, including me. Sometimes I will also help them taking care of our cows, or weaving bamboo baskets to be sold at the market. I am very grateful because EBPP has provided me with free education for 12 years. I have learned how to read, write, and count, as well as many other life skills.

Now that I have graduated from high school, I want to find work outside the village, preferably in the hospitality industry. This way, I can help my family to get a better life!

3) My Time in EBPP School

My name is Nengah M from Pengalusan. I am 19 years old. My hobby is playing volley ball with my friends. I have a dream to work in a hospitality industry.

I have learned so many things during my time studying in EBPP School. I made a lot of friends, and I enjoy learning with them. One of the most important things I learn in school was about gender equality and the importance of respecting everyone, regardless of their gender.

After this, I want to work in a hotel or other hospitality industry outside the village. I want to be a successful man that can benefit my family and my community.

 

Learning EMpower computer class at EBPP camp
Learning EMpower computer class at EBPP camp
Jatituhu student with Mt Agung behind them
Jatituhu student with Mt Agung behind them
Motivated Jatituhu students
Motivated Jatituhu students
Class study
Class study
Students are evacuated after the recent eruptions
Students are evacuated after the recent eruptions
Regular meeting with the parents
Regular meeting with the parents
May 31, 2018

BAMBOO BIKE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE UPDATE REPORT

International bikes parade at IVCA 2018 in Sanur
International bikes parade at IVCA 2018 in Sanur

We continue building our bamboo bikes in our ‘temporary‘ Tianyar workshop as the Mount Agung volcano keeps us concerned, with higher levels of activity in the past few days, including small eruption on 29th May, with gas and ash columns rising 500 metres above the crater.

Please see our many exciting developments of the last 3 months and some great opportunities going forward, blow.

Promoting our bamboo bikes in Jakarta and Sanur

INABIKE 2018, 22-24 March: As outlined in our last report, Deni Nugraha (bamboo bike designer), Karina (EBPP health team leader and a competitive cyclist) and I took two MTB’s (m & f) and a City bike (we took free of charge on our Garuda flight!), all with beautiful laminated bamboo mudguards to the INABIKE Jakarta International Bike Exhibition, generating a lot of interest, many complements from the international visitors and - one order for a custom MTB frame! The buyer, an Indonesian professor and cycling enthusiast from Bandung, detailed the modifications he needed and shortly after taking delivery sent some great photos of his first tour in the northern Bandung mountains, with the great complement “Nice handling, good product”.

IVCA 2018: This was conveniently held in Sanur, where we exhibited 3 MTB’s, 2 City bikes and our newly designed bamboo tandem bike,attracting hundreds ofIndonesian and foreign visitors, many taking the bikes for a spin and quite a few making appointments to meet us to place orders.

EBBB Bamboo Workshop updates

Bamboo bike sales: In the last 3 months, we’ve sold 21bamboo bikes, 18 for a local cycling eco tour company and 2 beautiful black bamboo custom bikes, complete with hand-made black bamboo baskets and laminated bamboo bottle holders for an American friend, Linda, now on their way to her in a shipping container. On seeing the photos of the completed bikes, a delighted Linda exclaimed: “The bikes look beautiful!  Can’t wait to take them for a spin!” She’ll promote our bikes in California and is optimistic that we’ll be getting many more orders. Fingers crossed!

Our most exciting sale though was to an Indonesia Parliament member, who represents Bali in the Jakarta parliament, whilst hosting an event on 28th April in Tianyar Timur (home of our present bamboo bike workshop), where local small businesses were displaying and promoting their hand-made products. Made Kari, our senior bike builder, came forward with one of our bamboo mountain bikes which he instantly loved and decided to buy – to promote in Jakarta! “This is a very beautiful and unique local product. I really appreciate the creativity of the local group who makes these bamboo bikes. I will display this bike at my house in Jakarta, so that more people know about this product and I am sure they will be interested too” he complemented.

Regional government officials visit to East Bali Bamboo Bikes workshop: On the 9th of April,Komang Kurniawan, Deni and our team proudly hosted a group of senior officials from various Karangasem Regency departments of planning agency, industrial department, co-operatives department, etc.,who were so impressed with our high quality bikes, hand-made by local craftsmen with locally sourced bamboo, that they are ready to offer support to our social enterprises by giving soft loan AND branding the bamboo bike as a‘Karangasem Regency icon’! We’ll follow up and keep you all updated!

New compressor and pneumatic tools: Thanks to the generous donation of our Jakarta supporter, Mr Ramli, we purchased a high capacity compressor and a wide range of pneumatic tools on 21st May that are enabling our team to gradually reduce the time to build each bike frame which will enable us to increase our output.

Looking ahead

Unique bamboo bike tours: Our region in East Bali,covered with up to 40 metres volcanic ash, has no rivers, irrigation streams, rice fields or tourism industries and is a complete contrast to the typical images of Bali promoted internationally. With different flora, prevalent in our soil type and hotter climate, traditional home industries including palm sugar production and salt farming, coral reef restoration, etc., we hope to launch these unique tours by late June. However, we needfunds to build more bikes for the tours, which should pay for themselves quite soon after, – and need your support! As a new social enterprise created to provide sustainable bamboo-based livelihoods for local youth,we can succeed: but do need your help to get started.

We have come so far to this stage but still urgently need seed funds to develop our social enterprises, employ more local youth and support more local bamboo farmers who we buyour carefully selected bamboo poles from.

Exciting EBBB promotion at INABIKE 2018 in Jakarta
Exciting EBBB promotion at INABIKE 2018 in Jakarta
Visitors tried out EBBB tandem bike at IVCA 2018
Visitors tried out EBBB tandem bike at IVCA 2018
Custom order - EBBB black bamboo bike
Custom order - EBBB black bamboo bike
Exciting sale to an Indonesia Parliament member
Exciting sale to an Indonesia Parliament member
Government officials visit to Tianyar workshop
Government officials visit to Tianyar workshop
Our craftsmen demonstrating bike building process
Our craftsmen demonstrating bike building process
EBBB Local craftsmen using the pneumatic tool
EBBB Local craftsmen using the pneumatic tool
EBBB Local craftsmen using the pneumatic tool
EBBB Local craftsmen using the pneumatic tool
Local-craftsmen are hard at work making bike frame
Local-craftsmen are hard at work making bike frame
Surveying potential route for the Bike tour
Surveying potential route for the Bike tour
Testing the route with our bamboo Mountain Bike
Testing the route with our bamboo Mountain Bike
Bike-building training for youth from Desa Ban
Bike-building training for youth from Desa Ban
May 7, 2018

CELEBRATING NATIONAL EDUCATION DAY

Students and teachers during the opening ceremony
Students and teachers during the opening ceremony

The 2nd of May, 2018 was a special day for all of our teachers and students as we celebrated the National Education Day. The children and the teachers were very excited to welcome this once-in-a-year event!

The celebration began at 9 AM with an opening ceremony. Speeches were given by EBPP Founder and CEO - David J. Booth, EBPP Team Leader - Komang Kurniawan, and the Head of Education Team - I Made Suarjana. They encouraged our students to study hard and graduate high school to pursue a better life in the future.

The event continued with a play entitled "Rumahku Tempat Merajut Mimpi” (My Home, A Place Where I Live My Dream). The play narrated the actual Mount Agung volcano crisis in September 2017. It vividly described the challenges faced by the villagers while living in the evacuation camp and how those problems were overcome. It was an exciting play which combined the story with traditional and modern dance, music, poetry reading and singing. More than 20 talented representatives from six EBPP schools were selected to perform.

The event carried on with exciting general knowledge quizzes, puzzles and chess contests. There were also painting demonstration and displays. Prior to the distribution of awards, the students cheerfully presented music performances to close the event. We challenged our students to develop their creativity and self-confidence. These are necessary skills to acquire as we want our students to be accomplished, not only in academic subjects but also talented, creative and confident in other aspects of life!

YOU CAN SUPPORT US IN PROVIDING EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN IN EAST BALI:

 In the spirit of celebrating National Education Day, we'd like to remind you to support our GlobalGiving’s Mother’s Day Campaign which will last until May 13th, to provide education for the children of Pengalusan and Jatituhu. You can visit our campaign page at https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-our-education-today-for-a-brighter-future/

In this Mother’s Day campaign you can help us to provide education for the children of Pengalusan and Jatituhu by donating to our campaign in honour of special mothers in your life. You can also give them a special gift card acknowledging that you helped to fulfil the dream of other mothers in the impoverished communities of East Bali!

Together We Create Education for All!

Support our Mother's Day campaign
Support our Mother's Day campaign
Students perform Puspanjali -"Welcome Dance"
Students perform Puspanjali -"Welcome Dance"
EBPP Students Cendrawasih'Bird of Paradise'Dance
EBPP Students Cendrawasih'Bird of Paradise'Dance
Students' drama about Mount Agung eruption crisis
Students' drama about Mount Agung eruption crisis
Closing dance of the students' drama, led by Peny
Closing dance of the students' drama, led by Peny
Proud local mothers watching students' performance
Proud local mothers watching students' performance
General knowledge quizzes
General knowledge quizzes
Jatituhu students actively competing in the quizz
Jatituhu students actively competing in the quizz
Students competing in puzzle competition
Students competing in puzzle competition
Students concentrating in chess competition
Students concentrating in chess competition
 
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