5 WAYS TO GIVE BACK TO BALI
Bali is such a beautiful country that we all love so much. You will find luxury hotels, delicious restaurants and fun activities.. and on the other side, you will find families who have nothing, who are crying themselves to sleep, who have no opportunity for education and who’s health is in the palm of our hands. Here are some ways you can give back to Bali, a country that really is being destroyed for us.
Here are some ways you can give back to Bali, a country that really is being destroyed for us.
STOP THE BARTERING
I’m not going to talk too much about this. You can read more in my last post, here. By stopping the haggling, you really will help the locals become live a happier, healthier life. They will have that little bit more money to support their family, to have better food, to potentially have an improved home and to live a somewhat more substantial life. It’s not too much to ask!
BALI KIDS FOUNDATION
Bali Kids is fighting against the lack of social welfare in Bali. They help the children in orphanages obtain medical and physical help, education on hygiene, health and diet, that they would otherwise not have access too. Since the last update, there are around 135 children under the help of Bali Kids, with around 48 with HIV and 7 with Urinary Tract Infections. Not only do they host children at their facilities, they also have a mobile clinic which treats around 5000 children per year.
“Bali Kids aims to become the best program in Bali assisting poor children to access quality medical treatment and health education.”
EAST BALI POVERTY PROJECT
A non-for-profit organisation giving back to the thousands of families who are living without water, sanitation, roads, schools, health facilities and electricity. They have many programs to assist the poor to improve their living conditions, improve their nutrition and their economy. What fathoms me, is that there is so much money pouring into the country from the millions of tourists, all of which is being used to create more hotels, more attractions and fancy restaurants.
What about the poor people of the country? The ones who don’t have clean water or a roof over their heads? The least we can do is give back to an organisation that is supporting the people who have nothing and who’s home really is being destroyed for us greedy visitors.
BALI ANIMAL WELFARE ASSOCIATION
It’s not only the people who are in need, it’s the animals too! Bali dogs are everywhere.. they are malnourished, scavenging for food, and are often disease ridden. They most likely do have a place of which they belong, although they are not always fed and cared for (if the locals can hardly afford to feed themselves, you can understand why they struggle to feed their dogs).
BAWA helps to save the lives of these animals, who are often sick, injured, abused and in need of help. This organisation runs purely off donations and volunteering, and helps to save the ‘bali dogs’ from extinction. If you’re an animal lover like me, this one is for you!
Yayasan Kasih Peduli Anak AKA: YKPA
YKPA is a non-for-profit organisation improving the lives of Balinese street children. They provide them with a home, an education, protection from abuse and a healthier, happier life. They are currently housing 35 children and are providing help for around 20 who are currently still on the streets. This organisation needs your help to save the lives of children who are suffering from abuse, neglect, homelessness and a stolen childhood.
There are many different ways you can help these organisations. There are shops, donations through their websites, product donations and visits. If none of these resonates with you, there are hundreds of different associations that would love your support too, you can see more here!
By helping an organisation like these you really are doing something great to give back to a country that we visit so frequently and that we really do take for granted. If we don’t help them, the beauty and culture of this place will be swept away by hotels, shops and restaurants. You can save someone’s life just like my family saved Agung. She would not be here if it weren’t for our support, something that herself and her family are eternally grateful for. If you don’t have money to ‘throw around’, the number one thing that everyone can do, is be eternally grateful for what this country is doing for us. Stop being greedy, stop being tight and stop bartering!
When we visit this country all we want is a nice relaxing holiday, but the fact that people are suffering is more or less forgotten. There are people in need, and we can do something to help!