As foundation we are continuously helping the underprivileged in several areas in Bali that are suffering from the enormous tourism decline in Bali due to COVID-19. The Indonesian government predicts that this period will at least be ongoing till June. The aim is now to focus on Chinese tourists arriving in June. We have had reports that in some villages the unemployment rate is up to 90% due to the COVID-19 problems. Yesterday was also the first day that no international flight departed or arrived on Bali.
We are now doing hand outs of food packages in Bitera, Gianyar and will start in 1 or 2 other areas next week.
The village of Bitera consist out of five different banjars, communities. Every banjar is led by a community head which knows the people in his area well. He knows who identifies as poor (people do have designated ‘poor cards’ for this) and knows who is in trouble due to loss of jobs or business.
While handing out packages we could see a change with lasts week distribution. The worry in people’s eyes. People are depending on the packages we provide them with. Without these packages, they would have nothing to eat.
A package consists out of rice, cooking oil, noodles, fresh vegetables, garlic, chili and fresh bumbu. A family of four can at least at two days from this package.
Without your help we would not been able to help these people. A food package costs 50.000 rp, a small 3 euro. Please keep donating, please keep helping us… Every three euro means that you have fed a family for at least 2 days.
At this moment we have raised:
2.415 euro (more than 800 foodpackages!) for our emergency relief program. We also have fundraised another 500 euro (on 1% club, a Dutch fundraise website) for a specific fund for animals in need due to COVID-19.
- Stephan Schalkx
- Rachel Beers
- Jean Delhoofen