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East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal

by Yayasan Ekoturisme Indonesia
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East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
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East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal
East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal

Our great progress reported in March took a severe hit when the COVID-19 took hold in Indonesia, prompting Bali’s Governor to instruct school closures on 16th of March and total lockdown of Bali’s traditional communities on 31st of March! While some of our bamboo artisans from Ban village were required to stay in their respective mountain hamlets, we continued limited activities with a ‘skeleton’ team.

Bamboo Trainees Resume on 1st July Building their First Bike Frames

Laid off from 1st April till 30th June during the pandemic lockdown, our graduates were excited to immediately resume hands-on training by preparing accurate drawings and then directly learning the main steps to build their first bamboo bike frame! (See photos)

Bamboo Wheelchairs Donated tomore Needy Disabled Children

On 16th April, we proudlyhanded over a custom made bamboo wheelchair to a severely disabled 12 year old girl in nearby Tianyar village, who is unable to speak but clearly suffered great discomfort in her old and damaged steel framed wheelchair, which was also far too big for her. A few days later, we provided our first prototype bamboo wheelchair, made as a trial for Bali Beach Wheels, to a 5 year old disabled boy, also in Tianyar. Fortunately, the size suits him perfectly after makinga few minor adjustments to make it more comfortable. 

Two more Custom Bamboo Bike Frames for UK

Working to new geometry from Bristol-based Netham Bamboo, our team completed 2 more beautiful frames in less than a week and shortly after getting the air freight quotes on 30th March, all air cargo flights were stopped due to Covid-19 – and not yet resumed. However, that did not deter Netham from researching electric bikes and accordingly ordered a prototype frame, which we completed in Mid-April and is also sitting in our Denpasar office, wrapped and ready for shipping, hopefully quite soon!

Potential Partnership with Established Bali Bike Shop

An enquiry in mid-May from a well-established bike dealer in SE Bali resulted in the owner joining me to meet our expert bike builders in our Tianyar workshop on 28th May with exciting results. He was so impressed with our team’s technical expertise, our well-equipped workshop and our many bamboo bike designs that he provided us with one of his best-selling imported steel bike frames for our team to build him a bamboo sample! He also loved our laminated bamboo mudguards and kiddies Balance bikes and proposed some modifications to enable lower prices – which we’re planning in the near future.

We hope that the COVID-19 crisis will soon be behind us and whilst we’ve kept all of our bamboo artisans employed full time, output has been very restricted and we urgently need donor support to enable us to replenish stocks maintain machines and seek new markets and bamboo bike and craft orders.

Many thanks to our GlobalGiving donors and we will contact you shortly with details of the GlobalGiving July 15th Bonus day

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East Bali Bamboo Craft Toys Box Flyer
East Bali Bamboo Craft Toys Box Flyer

We’ve had a great start to 2020 and in this report I’ll update you on all these initiatives and developments, including the creation of a set of unique bamboo children’s toys, the start of bamboo hands-on skills training courses for Ban village youth and the handover of our third bamboo wheelchair for a severely disabled boy

New Craft Product: Bamboo Children’s Toys

These toys were the brainchild of our German International Culture and Business Studies intern, Laura A, whose main role with us during her 3 months internship was to assist in marketing and communications for our Bamboo Social Enterprise to identify new products and markets. She saw great potential in the German craft market and some fine-tuned research found small toy animal sets – but machine madefrom wood, and all by commercial toy companies. Our bamboo products comprise 15 different species of fish – all that can be found in the oceans north of our village, and have a unique story behind them which is told on the simple flyer we created to accompany the toy boxes, shown here. Laura is now back in Germany marketing the toys and we are excitedly waiting to receive the first orders!

Bamboo Hands-on Skills Training for Local Village Youth

We launched our bamboo social enterprise with thegoals to not only create beautiful products hand-crafted from sustainable locally grown and harvested bamboo, but also to create employment and improve the livelihoods of rural youth in our East Bali mountain village by giving bamboo craft training in various type of bamboo craftsto local youth, especially EBPP high school graduates who could train local people in their respective communities and be ready to receive bamboo craft orders, that would be facilitated by East Bali Poverty Project (EBPPP). 

In late 2019, we were contacted by a newly established charitable Trust in Singapore that was keen to support our mission of helping local people to help themselves and finally in January 2020, we received a one-year grant that enables us to recruit and train a total of 12 motivated local youth, in groups of 3each group from a different Ban village community, that will have intensive bamboo craft skills training for 3 full months each group, to give them expertise in developing many types of handicraft – all of which have different skills and tools, as well as bamboo bike frames. After completion, they’ll return to their communities and train others in their community, who will effectively start learning from the 3 trainees within a month of their course starting. 

The grant also included hiring a local marketing consultancy company to create a comprehensive marketing strategy with the target to get the right customers of our products to increase the selling volume so we can give bamboo craft orders to the youth/community groups that we have trained.

We will update the progress of this great project, which started on 10th February, in our next report.

Handover of Third made-to-measure Bamboo Wheelchair

There is a tragic tale to this boy, Ardi’s, disability because he was the first born of triplets with normal births and starting to talk until at 15 months old, suffered extraordinarily high fever followed by severe seizures which, when under control left him effectively paralysed. The other 2 children are healthy 4 year olds! As with our earlier wheelchair, our dedicated bamboo artisans took all of Ardi’s measurements and built the wheelchair with the flexibility to make adjustments as his body grew. Ms Twone, who together with her husband Brad and their company Bali Beach Wheels find sponsors for the wheelchairs, joined us to personallyhandover this hand-crafted wheelchair on Wednesday 26th February and directly talk with Ardi’s parents to understand the additional supports he would need to ensure he could be as comfortable as possible and enjoy a significantly improved quality of life.

For any further information and enquiries for bamboo bikes, sponsoring wheelchairs or bamboo toys, please email me on david.booth@eastbalipovertyproject.org

East Bali Bamboo Craft_Toys Box Flyer (p2)
East Bali Bamboo Craft_Toys Box Flyer (p2)
Briefing the first youth group
Briefing the first youth group
Signing the MOU
Signing the MOU
Training using the tool
Training using the tool
Creating the toys
Creating the toys
Preparing the wheelchair
Preparing the wheelchair
Exicing father receiving wheelchair for his son
Exicing father receiving wheelchair for his son
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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
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Bamboo becak model
Bamboo becak model

Our unique designs of bamboo bikes, bamboo wheelchairs for disabled children and the wide range of bamboo bike accessories and handicrafts continuously being innovated by our artisans recently attracted the attention of a north American NGO,curious if we could design and build a bamboo becak (cycle rickshaw), modelled on those that transport tourists through Yokyakarta (Jogjakarta).

Two specific requirements in the design are (a) that it is capable of being converted to an electric bike, powered by solar panels on the roof, meaning that the covered passenger bench at the front cannot have folding canvas or other cover and must be solid to enable fixation of the solar panels, and (b) in addition to building in a hidden battery compartment, the passenger bench must have the flexibility to be converted to carry cargo!

Our incredible bamboo designer, Deni, was not fazed by the clients “wish list”, which is the kind of challenge he loves, and bymid July, not only had he designed the versatile becak BUT also included hydraulic suspension for the front 2 cargo wheels and developed the budget estimate! The client was truly amazed and agreed the design and cost for the prototype. We are now awaiting further instruction, but will give updates in our next report.

Bamboo Wheelchairs update

Our bamboo wheelchair client and partner, Brad Moreland and wife Twone, with their eco-friendly companies, Bali Beach Wheels and Eco Living Bali, who are sponsoring the bamboo wheelchairs for disabled children, currently focusing on those in Bali and Lombok island where there are dozens of poor children in need of ‘tailor made’ versatile all terrain wheelchairs have now completed a short video, documenting the first recipient handover and the wheelchair properties, which can be viewed on this You Tube link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjrBkMCDvaU here.

Here at our East Bali Poverty Project villages, we have 6 more disabled children aged from 4 – 11 years, all of which are unable to walk, and whilst the wheelchairs will not improve their physical disabilities, they will provide a tremendous improvement in quality of life for both the children and their loving and dedicated parents and extended families.Please contact me at david.booth@eastbalipovertyproject.org if you’d like more information regarding sponsoring a wheelchair for a disabled child.

New laminated bamboo front baskets for Bamboo Bikes

Most people who use bikes for local commuting and shopping need a sturdy and attractive front basket! Deni and our team have the answer with a very light and sturdy laminated front basket shown in the photo.

Thank you again to all of our friends who continue supporting development of our bamboo social enterprise through GlobalGiving and we are still urgently seeking more seed funding to enable us to provide full training for an initial three of our unemployed high school graduates from our Mount Agung schools, to enable them to start producing high quality bamboo products in their own hamlets, withbamboo from their local forests,and initiate sustainable bamboo business cooperative to initiate sustainable economic development in their impoverished communities.


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Deni, David, Brad & parents - wheelchair handover
Deni, David, Brad & parents - wheelchair handover

In the last 3 months, our dedicated bamboo artisans have not only been very busy building more bamboo wheelchairs, city, MTB and balance bikes but have also turned their design-and-build skills to creating emergency temporary bamboo A-frame housing for the communities living nearest Mount Agung volcano crater.

As six of our bamboo social enterprises artisans live in Cegi and Pengalusan hamlets, only 5 kilometres from Mount Agung’s active crater - which has erupted at approximately 6 day intervals in recent months - they worked at weekends, with their communities, to build an initial group of 30 houses on empty land at our Tianyar base camp, generously sponsored by the Mount Agung Relief (MAR) team, led by Mr Rio Helmi. Experts cannot predict if or when a major eruption may occur, but we must be prepared to support our communities in case of urgent evacuations. These sturdy 6 metre x 4 metre A-frame houses are built from local bamboo, which we treat for termite resistance and can house up to 7 people comfortably, with a shaded terrace for cooking and relaxing. When no longer required, they can be easily dismantled, transported and rebuilt, ready for quick removal in case of further emergencies.

Bamboo wheelchairs project: We’ve now designed and built 3 unique bamboo wheelchairs, one of which was recently handed over to a severely disabled boy in Cegi hamlet, his father being the key artisans who built it with love, ensuring that all dimensions were tailored to suit his son’s needs.

Balance bikes update: Interest in our beautiful hand crafted bamboo balance bikes has peaked recently, with our latest buyer, Brad, sending the following glowing review: “We have been working with David, Deni and the EBBB team on an exciting project for a few months now, and every time we would go their offices in Denpasar we would always admire the 2 beautiful bamboo bikes on show. However, on this one occasion we had our 5 year old son who completely fell in love with the bamboo balance bike and so we decided to buy it. However, rather than keep it at home we decided to rather keep it in our Eco Living Bali (Plastic Free) Shop. While my son would much rather have the bike at home, at least now he has a toy to play with when we are at the shop”. And from his happy son, Cal: “The small bamboo bike is the coolest bike I have ever seen!”.

Last but not least, we hosted an international documentary team who spent some days shooting to tell our story. We hope to share this with you all in our next report.

Thank you once again to all our GlobalGiving family of supporters and we hope that you will continue with your generosity so that we can train a group of our recent high school graduates to become skilled bamboo artisans and create bamboo businesses within their communities that East Bali Bamboo Bikes and East Bali Poverty Project will support with training quality control and marketing

Bamboo wheelchair ready for the road
Bamboo wheelchair ready for the road
Carefully taking the wheelchair from our truck
Carefully taking the wheelchair from our truck
Taking the wheelchair to the Cegi boy
Taking the wheelchair to the Cegi boy
Satisfied 5 year old in his balance bike
Satisfied 5 year old in his balance bike
Bamboo A-frames - the details
Bamboo A-frames - the details
Bamboo A-frame house before cladding
Bamboo A-frame house before cladding
Completed bamboo A-frame houses
Completed bamboo A-frame houses
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Yayasan Ekoturisme Indonesia

Location: Denpasar - Indonesia
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David Booth
Denpasar, Bali Indonesia
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