In Indonesia, with the Covid-19 pandemic, tourism and eco-tourism has taken a tremendous hit due to travel restrictions and people reducing exposure by limiting or cancelling all travel.
The Pulisan Resort in North Sulawesi is a beautiful, eco-resort in its own little corner of paradise. Namely a dive resort, this establishment cares for its house reef, neighbouring ocean and jungle, and strongly values the employment of Indonesians from neighbouring villages to ensure income, stability and progression to the local community. Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there have been few or no visitors to the resort since March 2020.
During this difficult time, the owners, Anna Furer and Lee Becker have been determined to keep on their employees as much as possible. To do this to date, this has led Anna and Lee to continue paying employee salaries from existing savings and previous years profits, all of which have now dwindled. With no tourism or visitors, they are now struggling to continue to support their employees. Both Anna and Lee want to continue to do what is best for their workforce, whilst also keeping up peoples spirits and motivation by having the funds to maintain the upkeep and development of the resort and continue to pay a regular income to their staff. This would enable them to keep the local community employed, engaged and financially secure.
Anna and Lee would be very grateful if anyone is able to make a donation, no matter how small, that will directly go to: continuing to give the Indonesian employees a regular salary and therefore pay directly into the local community, maintaining healthcare benefits to those employees and continue to provide social security to those employees and their families. Anna and Lee's main goal through all of this is to maintain employment and motivation of their work force to the end of the 2020, or for as long as possible.
I, Sara Ager, friend to both Anna and Lee, have agreed to help them with this gofundme page, as they are unable to set one up from Indonesia. In order to remain completely transparent, it is intended that the funds will be directly withdrawn into Anna's bank account.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and for any kind and generous donation made.