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
Mar 2, 2018

EBBB SOCIAL ENTERPRISE BUILDING BIKES IN TIANYAR

As Mount Agung volcano continued to rumble regularly spew further ash and dust eruptions, our East Bali BambooBambooBike (EBBB) team continued building bike frames at EWABI workshop in the knowledge that that EWABI would permanently close its business in mid-January 2018, forcing our bamboo bike team to cease activities again.

In readiness for this, EBPP Chairman and Team Leader, Komang Kurniawan decided that activities must continue and made plans with Deni Nugraha and our East Bali staff to build a semi-permanent bamboo workshop on half a hectare of land behind his Tianyar house. Work started on 2nd January and the structure was completed sufficiently by 16th January for our complete bamboo bike team to relocate and set everything up.

Komang then prepared simple plans to build a complete camp with 3 large school rooms, dormitories for 100 EBPP students, accommodation for our bamboo team and much more. The full camp was ready for use on 16th February, coinciding with the Government Volcanology Department reducing the Mount Agung volcano hazard zone from 6km (which included our Daya Bamboo workshop) to 4km radius from the crater. However, due to the continued risk of an imminent eruption, the bamboo bike team will work in Tianyar until there are no further threats of Mount Agung erupting, which could be days or even months from now.

Since January, our Denpasar Admin team has focussed on preparing brochures, promotional materials, banners, a dedicated website (www.eastbalibamboobikes.com launched in mid-February) and social media pages for Facebook and Instagram to promote our bamboo bikesand raise funds for our Social Enterprise. For physical exposure and promotion of our bikes, we’ve identified 3 events we will attend in the next 3 months, starting with the Canggu Community School GIN Bali Passion Fair on 4th March, where we’ll display both our male/female Mountain Bikes (MTB) and City Bikes as well as our newly created accessories of bamboo mudguards and water bottle holders.

The first and most exciting Expo we’ve booked is INABIKE: The 8th Indonesia International Bike, Parts & Accessories Exhibition 2018 from 22 – 24 March at the Jakarta International Expo, Kemayoran, Jakarta, where 35,000 trade visitors are expected in the 3 days. We’ll take one MTB and one City Bike and hope to generate great interest and take orders, sign up trade buyers, sell accessories during the Expo and hope to sell our 2 bikes!

Second is the International Veteran Cycle Association (IVCA) held 12-16 April in Bali and they are already giving us publicity and have invited us to the launch dinner on 12thApril where I will give a presentation about EBPP’s work with the communities and the story behind the East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise.

We are committed to building our bikes to the highest standards with locally sourced bamboo and local artisans. We hope, through the generosity of GlobalGiving donors, that East Bali Bamboo Bikes social enterprise will rapidly become well known, generating new orders which will enable recruitment and training of more local youth and see sustainable social and economic development for the communities of Desa Ban.


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Feb 14, 2018

JATITUHU STUDENTS PREPARE FOR EXAMS AND COMPUTER CLASSES DESPITE BALI'S MOUNT VOLCANO ACTIVITY

David motivates the students after back to school
David motivates the students after back to school

As we mentioned on our November 2017 report that Jatituhu school was suspended from 22nd September due to the potential of Bali’s Mount Agung volcano erupting and were allowed to resume again on 13th November after volcano activities reduced. Ultimately, Mount Agung DID  erupt on 21st November,  followed by more eruptions in the next few days, when the government ordered the community to be evacuated again to a safer location more than 12km radius from Mount Agung crater.

However, our teachers continued to give classes to the students in various evacuation camps although it was not maximal. We also gave the students their first semester exams at the camps in mid December 2017.

On 4th January, after the eruptions stopped and volcanic activitydecreased the government finally  reduced the hazard zone to 6km from the crater that allowed the Jatituhu community to returned home and we resumed full Jatituhu school programs on 8 January 2018. 

Now that ourJatituhu School has resumed normal activities, both EBPP staff and students have to work harder to catch up with the curriculum not yet covered due to their evacuation. In addition to academic lessons, they have also resumed extra curricula EMpower classes, present topics being about "Preventing Pregnancy or Abstaining". We hope that the knowledge and empowerment given in these lessons will discourage students from getting married at an early age.

For the next EMpower classes, we’ve partnered with STMIK STIKOM Indonesia, a computer& IT university based in Denpasar. Their lecturers will start on 27th February 2018 teaching our high school students professional computer skills of Word, Excel, Graphic Design and internet skills to enable them to be competitive in the jobs market and help lift their village from poverty to sustainable social and economic development. Our Grade 6 (5 students), 9 (3) & 12 (3) students however, need more intensive classes because in April & May 2018 they will sit the Government National Exams to graduate elementary, junior and senior high school respectively.

Their education in Jatituhu school is made possible through your kind donations to our crowdfunding campaigns, launched in November 2015, when you helped us raise $13,776 and achieve our target to sponsor 12 of our primary school students for 2 years, from January 2016 until December 2017. Presently in total we have 28 students at Jatituhu school. From January 2018, we are again facing difficulties as the present donors of our 16 others students are also unable to continue financial support. With your help, we can continue providing comprehensive education for all our 28 Jatituhu students.

The average cost/year for one student in 2018 is US$584. To provide education for 28 students and sustain the operating costs of our education team, transport and school facilities for all students in Jatituhu School for 2018, we need to raise US$16,352.

We, the students and the Jatituhu community would be very grateful if you candonate again to make their dream become reality.

Students learning at evacuation camp
Students learning at evacuation camp
Students learning at evacuation camp
Students learning at evacuation camp
First semester exams at the evacuation camp
First semester exams at the evacuation camp
Happy students back to normal school
Happy students back to normal school
STIKI's lecturers introduction
STIKI's lecturers introduction
 
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