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 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). Compared to 2000, when a UNICEF Indonesia - EBPP assessment revealed infant mortality averages of 30%, and 85% of children had a goiter, 2015 EBPP data showed a 0% child mortality rate in the Ban village area—a result of its work. Stunting as a result of malnutrition remains a problem; of 344 children measured in 2014, 45% were moderate to severely stunted according to WHO growth charts. In 2017, Mount Agung erupted, which resulted in the evacuation of many villagers. A number of girls dropped out of school as a result, and moved to Denpasar to be away from the volcano, and start earning for their families. In August 2018, another 3 earthquakes destroyed many homes and buildings in 12 of the 19 communities of the Ban village.
From its establishment in 1998, and in response to the request by the population of six mountain hamlets with limited access to health or education services, EBPP’s mission has been sustainable poverty alleviation. 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 immunizations, as well as vitamin supplements and nutritious porridge. EBPP has always prioritized working with children and youth to improve their possibilities and to give them tools to educate their parents and communities. In 2005, EBPP started first initiatives related to bamboo, an income generating activity for the Ban villagers. EBPP Founder and Director David Booth was a civil engineer and, in his role at EBPP, has received numerous prizes.
EMpower’s 4th grant over two years will focus on prevention of school drop-out, child marriage, child labor and teen pregnancy. It will reach out to 87 youth from the mountainous areas of East Bali. The program will give them in-depth training on nutrition, Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health (SRRH), gender equity, computer skills, English language. Youth will engage with their communities to explore solutions together to issues they face. Youth will be trained in leadership development skills and on vocational/higher education preparedness. The ultimate aim is to enhance the youth’s self-development, encourage them to stay in school and be better prepared to access the job market.
Primary Location: Bali
Funded Since: 2015
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