Hi everyone, I'm Alyssa Ramos (AKA @mylifesatravelmovie), a U.S. travel blogger who calls Bali a second home along with many others including Glo (@glographics) and Becky (@wearetravelgirls), and we all happened to be here when all three earthquakes (so far) have hit in the past two weeks. We are lucky to only have been rattled, but are well aware of the turmoil the numerous earthquakes on the beautiful neighboring islands of Lombok and the Gilis, and are eager to help the people there who are currently without power, water, food, supplies, and a home.
Instead of giving money to organizations where we can't be sure of the distribution of it, we have communicated with local people and organizations on the ground in Lombok to determine what we can buy in Bali to then send over to Lombok either by boat or air. Our contacts in Bali are a group called Team Action Amed
, and on Lombok it is Project Karma
-- feel free to look them up for legitimacy or if you feel more comfortable donating cash directly to them! You can also get updates and photos of the disaster scene on their social media channels.
I set the goal at $5,000 because we are trying to get these things over as soon as possible, but any amount we raise over this will go towards purchasing additional items, or donated to rebuilding efforts, and we will publicly post all amounts raised, and receipts spent/donated. First we will focus on what will be purchased and sent over with the goal amount raised.Items we are going to purchase that are requested from rescue teams and those who are stranded include:- Water
(Purifying tablets and systems, water bottles)- Non-perishable foods- Blankets, Tarps, Rope
(everyone is sleeping outside)- Lighting
(all electricity is out)- Communication
(solar-powered battery chargers)- Medical Supplies
(first-aid ointment, bandages, antiseptic, gloves, etc)- Hygiene Products
(Baby wipes, diapers, hand sanitizer, toiletries, etc)
Here is a post from a local organization on the ground in Lombok helping people that we got in contact with. If you feel like you'd like to directly donate with them please do so!!!
---From Agung Siang
"So much has happened in less than 48 hours since we committed to supporting 1000+ people in Mentigi Bay Dome Villa camp
Thanks for everything so far, it's quite a ride, and we're riding on your support!
We now have two field team on the ground and know what is urgently needed-
- Lighting (it's pitch black and dangerous at night)- torches, lanterns, headlamps (pref solar or rechargeable). If not, please include batteries.
- Communications- power banks, multi chargers (when there is any electricity, sockets are few). Walkie Talkie sets
- Warmth- clean blankets, tarps, rope
- Water filters/sterilising tabs
We have established a South Bali drop-off point at Blue Water Cruises. Jl.Dewi sri 4 Pertokoan Suryamas No.7, Legian,
Contact person: Fajar +6285737635796
Items dropped there will be airfreighted at a favourable rate.
Ubud drop off points for these items are
WeLovEMotHeREartH , Nyu Khuning and more to come
Cash donations (thank you so much!!!)
Ubud Drop in: Warung Vinaka , Jl Suweta or We Love Mother Earth, Nyu Khuning,
Credit card: https://www.gofundme.com/help-lombok-communities
Bank: BCA KCP Ubud. Account: 1350461431 Name: Kusumorini SusantoBelow are more photos sent by text from Lombok :