The area of Bali called Ban Village has approximately 3,500 indigenous families (17,000 people) from different traditional backgrounds and speaking 19 different dialects. The area is dispersed across steep and often inaccessible volcanic terrain, and is largely cut off from the rest of the island, with villagers trying to survive in their arid homeland. There are no good statistics on the 19 sub-villages; the vast majority of the population are subsistence cassava, corn and cattle farmers, with very few involved in paid employment (and those mainly in local government). In 2000, in collaboration with UNICEF Indonesia, EBPP conducted an assessment revealing that child mortality averaged 30% before age one, and 85% of children had goitre and were estimated to be malnourished. Stunting remains a serious problem in the villages where EBPP works; of 344 children measured in 2014, 45% were moderately to severely stunted according to WHO growth charts.
From its establishment in 1998, the East Bali Poverty Project’s (EBPP) mission has been sustainable poverty alleviation in response to the request by the population of six isolated mountain hamlets with very limited access to health or education services. The non-for-profit organization provides the population, and especially the children and youth, with information on health, nutrition, water and sanitation, as well as the construction of infrastructure (schools, health facilities, roads, electricity). EBPP has initiated 27 Posyandu (mother and infant monthly health posts) and ensured that infants receive all immunizations as well as vitamin supplements. EBPP has always prioritized working with children and youth to give them the tools to educate their parents and communities. The organization also established a Bamboo Field School for Sustainable Social and Economic Development, teaching about the versatility and positive environmental impact of reforesting the land with bamboo.
EMpower’s 2nd grant to EBPP supports youth from mountainous areas of East Bali with in-depth training on nutrition, health and leadership empowering them to advocate with the local government. Moreover, youth will be trained in business skills related to bamboo management. They will learn how to produce saleable bamboo products and identify markets for them, and will establish bamboo business groups based on viable business plans for sustainable livelihoods.
Primary Location: Bali
Funded Since: 2015
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