Today I want to talk to you guys about something a little different, but very close to my heart. Even though I only live in Bali for a few months every year, Bali has always felt like a second home to me and I’ve always wondered in what way I could give back to the incredible people here who have always welcomed me with open arms to “the island of the gods”.
With the spread of Covid-19, the virus being declared a pandemic and the whole world closing its borders, this beautiful island where so many rely on tourism to make a living,Â essentially shut down overnight.
People in both the more developed southern beach towns on the island and the more rural northern hill towns are all suffering from the lack of work and income, and it can be quite heartbreaking to see firsthand….such as the inspiring people met near Kintamani which you might remember from my Mount Batur YouTube video.
Recently I came across a charity calledÂ Lettuce Give Back, who alongside aÂ local NGO called Relawan Bali, are trying to give back to families here that are struggling, be it doing food deliveries or helping to build them safe places to live.Â
One of these families is the Bundiasa family, who are living in a collapsed building at the top of a mountain with their 5 children. I met with Calvin from Lettuce Give Back to hear how he met the Bundiasa Family and what he’s doing to try and make their lives a little easier….and how you guys can potentially GIVE BACK TOO.
Watch the video interview below…
Right now Calvin and his team are trying to raise a total of 2800 pounds, which is 3200 euro or 54 million rupiah, enough to build the Budiasa family a much safer place to live within their local village. They have already raised over 700 pounds or 13 million rupiah and have purchased the land where the house will be built.
Now they simply need to raise the remaining 40 million rupiah to make this inspiring project a reality. As with all charity and NGO work, there are many restrictions and ways in which outsiders may judge.
There will always be more to be done and more people to help, but this is ONE FAMILY that we can help, one family where a real difference can be made in their everyday lives, and to their future happiness.
I spend a few months every year on this beautiful island, and love showing off its hidden beauty, its charm and how amazing the people here are.
And I’m equally happy to be able to help out, even just a tiny bit. This isn’t about arriving into a community and judging how they live. This isn’t about trying to trying to change people. If anything, the people living in north and east Bali are some of the strongest and most resilient communities you’ll meet, and it’s certainly not up to us to tell them how they SHOULD or SHOULD not be living.
But this is about basic human rights, access to running water, sanitation facilities and a safe and secure place to live.
This is about giving a family a leg up so that they can help themselves, listening to what they feel they need and helping them in a sustainable way. Through ALL the correct channels.
If you’ve ever been to Bali, and felt first hand the warmth and kindness of the people here, then please consider donating to this worthwhile cause and helping to build a better home, and life, for this beautiful Balinese family.
Here’s the GoFundMe link where you can read up more on the Bundiasa family and mission to build them a house.