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29 Mar

Helping people to help themselves

Established in 1998 by an English man, East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP) is a non-profit organization with focus on the mountain villages people in the east side on Bali. Forgotten by time and progress, those unfortunate thousands of people in 19 sub-villageswereliving in abject poverty without water, sanitation, roads, schools, health facilities and electricity. Malnutrition and iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) were endemic, iodine being the essential nutrient for healthy child births, brain and body development.

As the founder, David Booth created this foundation with solid visons toward the future. There are three main parts as his guideline:

  • To empower illiterate and malnourished children through relevant education, improved nutrition, and basic stay-healthy principles;
  • To reduce poverty and promote culturally sensitive, sustainable development within impoverished rural communities that have little or no choice to alleviate their own plight; and
  • To harness human and natural resources for mutual benefit and sustainable social and economic development by the reforestation of land devastated by the massive eruption of Mt. Agung in 1963, which denuded thousands of hectares. To improve the living ecosystems, provide a sustainable food forest for the thousands of villagers, provide sustainable livelihoods for present and future, and ensure rain water is captured and conserved for the benefit of the land, nature, ecosystems, and, most of all the people.

Carrying forward their mission to reduce poverty and promote culturally sensitive, sustainable social and economic development in the impoverished rural communities of East Bali, David believes that all programmes the team created are designed as models that can be replicated, and executed by local people who directly transfer knowledge and appropriate technology within their communities. As the result for that show, since their first integrated education programmes for illiterate children launched in August 1999 until today, they have gained so many achievements which include facilitating access road between Mount Agung and Mount Abang, sponsoring higher education for local children, building schools and libraries, providing micronutrient supplements for all children and mothers, giving education about health and initiating community health posts (Posyandu), facilitating clean water and the eventual construction of toilets for every family in the villages, providing electricity for remote villages with no access to electric power grid, leveraging and preserving natural resources by developing a sustainable bamboo reforestation of the eastern slopes of Mount Agung and Mount Abang, and the list is still long.

Looking ahead, their goal is to continue empowering the communities to address their problems at the grassroots level, funding this effort through their growing partnership with the private sector. They will rely heavily on emerging technologies to make the most impactful and efficient use of both local resources and funding contributions. They will also continue to refine their messaging and expand their visibility on the social media platforms to help forge new partnerships with technology and industry leaders, NGOs, researchers and volunteers.

East Bali Poverty Project

(0361) 410071

info@eastbalipovertyproject.org

www.eastbalipovertyproject.org

Joannes Rhino – Bali Writer