Yellow Bridge Collapse Campaign
$25,167 of $30,000 goal
This bridge is the only connection between the two islands and is used heavily by both local villagers and visitors alike.
Locals were on their way back from praying on Sunday 16th October as part of Nyepi Laut ( Sea Silence Day) at a temple on Nusa Ceningan on a day that has great cultural signifigance.
We aim to raise funds to help the victims, families and communities from Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan affected by this devastating accident. Anyone who has been blessed with the opportunity to visit this beautiful part of Indonesia will know how devastating a tragedy of this nature is and how far reaching it will be on an island community.
Both Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan are heavily reliant on the tourism industry and we hope this is a way we can all give back a little to this island paradise.
Any donation, no matter how big or small, will be gratefully recieved by the people of Lembongan / Cenigan and will show our support to these two island communities at this very sad time.
We will be travelling to Lembongan in November and working closley to with locals to ensure funds raised from this campaign will go direct to the victims families and communities affected.
We thank you in advance for your support.
From Tania & The Lembongan Traveller Team
We wish to share with you an update from Nusa Lembongan.
The new Yellow Bridge was officially re-opened on 25th February, reconnecting Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan.
We made our first crossing on it last week and can report that it is marginally wider and a lot sturdier making it a smoother journey!
We also visited the classroom at SD3 - Elementary School in Lembongan Village which has been fitted out with 18 brand new computer work stations as part of the "Computer in the Village" ( CITV) program due to start operating in the coming weeks. This program was partly funded by your donations to the Yellow Bridge Collapse Go Fund Me and will provide invaluable computer skills to high school students ( a classroom at the elementary school is being used as there is not one available at the high school)
We are thrilled to see such wonderful progress and must give a huge thanks to the hard working team at Friends of Lembongan and Bali Children Foundation who have been instrumental in the implementation of this program.
With thanks, your generous support is touching many people.
Tania and Mal Walker
The Lembongan Traveller
On Sunday, 20th November the Village Head of Lembongan (Pak Ketut Arjaya) invited us to his office where we presented the families who lost loved ones with Rp 10,000,000 ($1000) for each victim and Rp 1,000,000 ($100) for each person injured. In total $8000 from TLT for the victims and $4100 from FOL for injured persons. It was extremely emotional for everyone involved, most particularly for those who have lost family members. It is very difficult to comprehend their grief yet they showed so much strength and immense gratitude for the support received. It was an extremely humbling experience to be able to represent everyone who gave to the Yellow Bridge Go Fund Me and we can assure you your generosity is truly appreciated by the families affected.
The re-build of the Yellow Bridge has commenced, with plans for it to be completed in approximately 3 months. Transport is being provided for free for students to commute to and from school.
As a collective (BCF, FOL, Jenny’s Place & TLT) we have also identified other projects that we will focus on:
1) Upgrading of the Lembongan Hospital facility. We inspected the facilities on Sunday 20th November. It is proposed an audit will be conducted by a medical specialist. This is a project that TLT will look at providing funding for.
2) BCF to build a “Computer in the Village” facility which will provide a computer studies education facility with the objective for senior high school students to graduate from year 12 with a full Microsoft set of skills. The initial program will cover 270 students. Expected cost including a teacher for first 12 month is Rp 120,000,000 ($12,000). Contribution from Australian Consulate-General Bali (under Australian Aid application submitted by BCF) - Rp85,000,000 and The Lembongan Traveller funds - Rp35,000,000.
3) BCF to build an English in the Village (EITV) project at Elementary school on Nusa Ceningan. The English classes will be offered to grades 2 to 6 and to the junior and senior high school students who live on Ceningan. Expected cost Rp75,000,000 to establish the facility and pay one year’s teacher salaries. FOL to provide funding for this project.
4) Rubbish collections on Nusa Ceningan & Nusa Lembongan – we will look at supporting FOL rubbish collection program.
5) Consider developing a community park for locals and with thoughts that it may be named a Memorial Park to the Yellow Bridge Victims.
We feel extremely privileged to be working with such a dedicated group of people which includes: Shush Ingram (FOL / Sandy Bay), Jack Ingram (FOL / Sandy), Margaret Barry (BCF), Pak Agung (BCF), Ibu Wayan (BCF), Pak Ketut (Lembogan Village Head) & Pak Kris (FOL / Sandy Bay).
Their support, guidance and dedication to the Lembongan community is an inspiration and TLT look forward to working with them on these projects.
Many thanks to EVERYONE who has given to this cause, we will keep you updated as projects progress.
Tania & Mal Walker
The Lembongan Traveller
Just a quick note to say thank you to everyone who has support this campaign, your combined efforts have raised over $25,000 which is an amazing achievement!
We have closed donations and will be travelling to Lembongan later this month to meet with locals, village heads and business owners to devise a plan on how these funds are best used to help the communities affected.
We have been overwhelmed how you have all opened your hearts and given so generously. It is very humbling to know how many people have contributed by donating, sending messages and promoting this campaign.
The people of Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan give so much to us all every time we visit their island paradise, it seems fitting that we can all give something back in their time of need.
We will be in touch soon with further updates.
Tania & TLT Team
Big thanks to you all once again for your support and in particular those who have more recently donated and we have yet to thank personally.
We have continued to receive an amazing amount of support, and know this generosity is so appreciated by families and communities of Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Ceningan.
As previously mentioned all funds received will be distributed to the families and communities affected, we will be doing this when we visit in November. We will be meeting with heads of village plus local & expat business owners to work together to plan how to best allocate funds.
Donations for this Go Fund Me account will be closed on 31st October (in 6 days!), so please share and encourage friends to donate before this date.
We will provide further updates once we are on Lembongan and can report back how the funds you have donated have been distributed in assisting the families & community.
Tania & The Lembongan Traveller Team xx
Hi Beth I can assure you this is not a scam, we operate The Lembongan Traveller and will ensure all funds raised will go to the families who have lost loved ones, assist the injured who require ongoing medical treatment. And as things unfold give also to the communities directly affected. For example the bridge was the life line to so many businesses on nusa ceningan and they have now lost so much trade as tourists can no longer get across to explore. We will work with locals to help as best we can. Tania
Hi, it's great to see that you have set up this page and already received so many donations! I'm currently staying on the Island and I went down earlier to film the location by drone, just so I can show the world just how bad this is. The bridge is now completely gone and you can see more here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rA7zItMBAVA please feel free to use the video and share if it helps in any way.
H Tania, Sorry to ask this again but can you please provide an actual detailed overview of what the money will be used for. There are several fundraisers happening at the moment and not very much details as to what they intend to do with the money and what percentage will actually be used! I understand that you write this will be used to help families and community affected, but in all honesty that is saying very little. An example of how this is affecting the community: With the bridge gone, any local who live in Ceningan and working on Lembongan has to take a boat each day to cross back and forth between the island, the cost of this is 10,000Rp each way, which amount to over 500,000Rp per month. On top of that many of them have to rent a motorbike on the other side to get around. In some case cases employers like us at Ceningan Resort who have employees living in Lembongan working on Ceningan (we pay for their transfer so as much as they are affected, they get compensated by our resort for this). In short, everyone living on the islands is affected by this. Our resort being located very close to the bridge was one of the early first responder on site diving and snorkelling to help recover injured people and bodies. Two of our employees lost family members that day. Since the incident the foot traffic on Ceningan is nearly non existent meaning all businesses are affected. Getting food, water, supplies is now more expensive. The government has already announced a budget of 45 Billions Rp to rebuild the bridge and compensate people that are affected. (Again no details on how this budget will be used or distributed). I appreciate the effort you are placing on this fundraiser project and your ongoing support of Lembongan (and Ceningan) however I think more transparency will go a long way with the communities and people involved. Kind Regards, Robert Scales Director - Ceningan Resort
Hi Shane & Sonja, thank you so much for your message and support, it is greatly appreciated. Regards Tania
Fantastic, glad to see our donations have been so worth while.
Thanks for the update Tania, you have done an amazing job coordinating this, it must of been very challenging and emotional. My heart goes out to all of the lovely Balinese people effected by this tragedy. Keep up the amazing work you are doing.
Thank you Tania for the report; much appreciated. Great to see the relevant groups join forces; also the plans for the funds to go to good projects, overseen by groups that already work in the area. Thanks for your efforts on this paradise island that we all enjoy! Best Clare
Thank you for sharing Tania & Mal. Very grateful that you have been able to invest your time to getting our joint funds to the affected families and the wider Lembongan community, to what sounds like very worthy projects.
Thanks so much for the update Tania! That is all great news, so good that by teaming up you were able to provide for many more future projects to benefit the people of Lembongan & Ceningan ❤️
Hi Robert, I forgot to mention that 100% of the funds received will be used to support families and communities affected. regards Tania