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 an often inaccessible volcanic terrain and 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 infant mortality averaged 30%, and 85% of children had goitre and were estimated to be malnourished. EBPP data from 2015 showed a 0% child mortality rate in the Ban village area, certainly a result of the work of EPBB. A 2005 EBPP study found 20% of children with goitre (no further surveys on goitre were done after 2005). Stunting as a result of malnutrition remains a problem in these villages; of 344 children measured in 2014, 45% were moderately to severely stunt according to WHO growth charts.
From its establishment in 1998, the East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP)’s mission was sustainable poverty alleviation in response to the request by the population of six mountain hamlets with limited access to health or education services. EBPP supports the population, with information on health, nutrition, water and sanitation, as well as the construction of infrastructure. It has initiated 27 Posyandu (mother and infant monthly health posts) and ensured that infants receive all immunisations, as well as vitamin supplements and nutritious porridge. EBPP has always prioritised working with children and youth to give them the tools to educate their parents and communities. In 2005, EBPP started first initiatives related to bamboo as a means to improve income of families living in the Ban Village area, and also to protect the environment. In 2011, a Bamboo Field School for Sustainable Social and Economic Development was established teaching about the versatility and positive environmental impact of reforesting the land with bamboo. Since 2013, EBPP and the village communities started to massively plant bamboo, and from 2015-2017, EBPP secured funding from EMpower to pilot Bamboo Skills development with young people. In 2017, EBPP set up a social enterprise, Vebacon, on bamboo product production and secured first orders. EBPP Founder David Booth was a civil engineer and, in his role at EBPP, he has received numerous prizes.
EMpower’s 3rd grant to EBPP will support 92 youth from mountainous areas of East Bali with in-depth training on nutrition, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, financial literary, and computer skills as well as job readiness and basic business plan skills to be more competitive in the job market. Youth will put leadership skills into practice in leading projects in their communities..
Primary Location: Bali
Funded Since: 2015
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