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East Bali Bamboo Bikes Social Enterprise Appeal

by Yayasan Ekoturisme Indonesia
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
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 bamboo workshop,fully functioning since the end of last year,is now a daily hub of activity that has not only generated excitement and creativity amongst EBPP Bamboo Team, locals and high school students in the EMpower sponsored Bamboo Creative Skills Development extra curricula training but also with individuals and businesses who have seen some of our firstbamboo products and are now placing orders for Indonesia and overseas!

In line with our long term sustainability vision for these remote and previously isolated mountain village communities, optimising the multiple benefits of bamboo both for environmental/ecosystem rehabilitation and sustainable economic development,this stage in high quality bamboo products will form the backbone of the community-based sustainable development, led by the high schools students with all finishing, quality control and product displays being based in new facilities centred around the new bamboo workshop.

Balancing bamboo dragonflies, bamboo speakers, musical instruments, miniature cars and planes, etc. are being produced by our students, supported with skills training by our Bamboo team, led by Ketut Suastika. For building the bamboo bikes, we have a team led byDeniNugraha, an experienced Indonesian bamboo bike builder, with our first order placed by a UK expat on 27th February. This was on the back of a 10-day intensive training course by a bamboo bike professional from Brazil and with our recently added bamboo drying room, we will be producing bamboo road bikes before the end of March 2017

We have selected photos that illustrate all of this great progress, made possible by the generosity and support of our GlobalGiving crowdfunding supporters who have facilitated a new chapter in the sustainable social and economic development of our whole village – thank you once again.

In the three months since our last progress report on the Bamboo Workshop, we are delighted to confirm that the workshop is now 95% completed with electrical installations, machines installed and our students already learning to use some of the smaller equipment to improve their skills, quality and quantity of the crafts they are producing, some of which are already on sale in some Bali outlets.

In addition to the sanding machine, lathe, mechanical saw and pillar drilling machine, our Indonesian donor has bought us a thickness planer and sponsored the cost of our electrical installation to cater for present and future requirements, which meant we had to install a 3-phase electricity supply. We have also added a western toilet at the rear of the workshop. The thickness planer will be a valuable asset in the production of some of the main crafts our students are learning to develop for the tourism and hospitality industry in Bali and beyond, especially the hand-made bamboo latticed trays, where the thickness of each lath is very time consuming when done by hand

As you can see from the progress photostaken up to 5th December, we are now fitting out the workshop with work benches and cupboards for small tools etc. and before we can be fully operational, we need to extend the external work area and provide full training to our local staff and senior high school students on safe and efficient operation of all machines and equipment and establish very clear health and safety regulations which all of our staff, students and visitors will be required to comply with.

Another key activity we have been researching and planning for quite some time is design, development and production of good quality Bamboo Bikes! Our first pilot project will be a standard road bike which is in process as can be seen with some initial frames hanging on the inside workshop wall. We will update you with the progress in our next report.

Once again, we extend our gratitude to all of you for your generous donations from when we launched our GlobalGiving UK crowdfunding campaign last June helping EBPP to empower our most isolated and impoverished communities towards a future of sustainable community based social and economic development, led by EBPP high school students.  

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
 

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Yayasan Ekoturisme Indonesia

Location: Denpasar - Indonesia
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Project Leader:
David Booth
Denpasar, Bali Indonesia
$5,965 raised of $27,596 goal
 
40 donations
$21,631 to go
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