An close elderly Aussie friend and his Balinese partner sent me the following. They are trying to save her family from hunger.
My partner Wayan comes from a part of Bali that frankly, with the onslaught of Covid, has turned to shit for some. The north east area of Bali is generally not well off, suffering from a poorer soil and dryer climate which renders it unsuitable for rice production.
Wayan’s home village of Siakin is fairly typical of others in that part with pockets of extreme poverty. And now, due to Covid, those pockets are suffering greatly. In particular those without family support, no land to grow food on or run chooks and especially some of the elderly, certainly those who are widows and some others who have lost employment and have no back up.
They need a leg up. We’d like to help some from the village of Siakin and also a few from nearby, some of whom are quite isolated and very affected by the general lack of income in Bali at this time, their families working in Denpasar but with children to feed and travel back to the village curtailed anyway in a rigid lockdown.
Using only Wayan’s immediate family as the driving force. One brother, Pak Nengah is principal of the local secondary school and is highly respected throughout Kintamani and the other brother Pak Nyoman works at the nearby primary school in Administration. Also Wayan’s son Putu, niece Mitha and three nephews, Gede, Amon and Kadek will assist with packing and deliveries.
The plan is to distribute small and very basic parcels of food. Beginning with 36 souls and sending out 5kg of rice, packets of noodles, cooking oil and eggs. Other than food purchase, a little for petrol and the occasional Ute hire there are no other costs involved. Receipts are provided and other records kept of frequency, purchases, deliveries etc.
We’ll set up a separate bank account and that will be transferred as needed to Bali for supply purchases.
We hope this scheme is needed only for the duration of the present emergency.
So far we’ve seeded it and have now run short of funds to continue except in a small way.
Understanding that this is a difficult time for most we ask that those who are able may forward a small donation to the bank account.
BSB 733018 / account no. 644291.
If able to help in a small way your kindness will have the gratitude of hungry people. Some recipients, after a surprise delivery, have been reduced to tears. We have requested photographs of those receiving to indicate the level of need. Here are a few.
On behalf of the battlers of Siakin
Thank you Colin & Wayan
I have been wondering how folk in Bali have been going. I haven’t been to Bali since 1984! But loved the people. I made a small donation, thanks for sharing this story Howard.
To give a little back to that place of beauty seems just right
It’s great to be able to donate to a worthy cause, when you know that your donation is going directly to the people in need.
Wishing Wayan’s family & the people of Siskin all the best!
Bev & Wayne xx
I shared this Howard. Ironically having some people recently ask, “sponsoring a child?, is that easy right now?, and who do I help?”. Seems this is a good time to share this. Thanks.
You are a good soul, Tracy
Good Morning, Howard! You forgot to include an account name. Best wishes,
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I realised as I posted this I wasn’t given one.
But I think the details we have can suffice.
I’ll learn the truth shortly when I make my own donation.
Thank you for writing.
Under name of account I wrote simply: Bali
I reckon anything would do
It’s the numbers that matter, apparently
Nice one old man. Unprecedented as it may be, I think you have a typo. First word in both the blog and the cover email: it reads “An”, I think it should be “A”. But then again, as you are a walking dictionary, I am probably wrong. Have a good night!
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