Food For Thought, By Will Meyrick

While for most the image of Bali is one of amazing beauty and an extraordinary lifestyle, there is another side to life on this magnificent island. With limited recourse to education and social services, many families in Bali work hard to survive, in the remote areas where schools and running water are rare, entire families

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Solemen Bali: Giving New Life to the Destitute

Bali, often called the Island of the Gods and the Morning of the World, evokes images of balmy beaches, indulgent vacations, gracious natives, a place where you can leave your cares behind and cocoon in tranquil and relaxing surroundings. Bali is all that but it is not a complete picture. Underneath the glamorous, sybaritic and

John Fawcett: Restoring Sight to the Blind

One of the critical problems directly associated with Indonesia’s impoverished is cataracts that leads to blindness; around three million Indonesians are affected by this, not just a dimming of their vision, but actual, total blindness. This means that the cataracts they have develop to such an extent that they are actually blocking people’s vision completely

Strengthen The Commitment to Support a Clean and Green Bali, Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia and Quiksilver Indonesia Hold Bali’s Big Eco Weekend 2016

Bali, the ‘Island of the Gods’, is the gateway for most tourists visiting Indonesia and is also a popular destination for domestic tourism. Spurred on by the concerning amount of rubbish in Bali, Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia (CCAI) and Quiksilver Indonesia (QS) took real action in helping to keep Bali beaches clean and green by initiating

ROLE Foundation : Protecting Bali’s Ecosystems

NOW! Bali speaks to the ROLE (Rivers, Oceans, Lands, Ecology) Foundation, who since 2007 has recognised the growing social and ecological problems on the island. ROLE tells us more about Bali’s current waste crisis, the global ocean crisis and their newest plans to open their ‘Zero Waste to Oceans’ centre. Despite being a problem everyone

The Garden of Life: Where Charities Blossom

The Garden of Life Foundation is an incredibly unique and ambitious project here in Bali that aims to unite people, communities and businesses together to help the island’s existing charities to grow further and continue to prosper. Sadly, Bali is not immune to the environmental, socio-economic, health or other problems that are found around the

Stella’s Child: Empowering Bali’s Youth

For young people, looking for employment in today’s world can be a trialling experience. This is even truer for those who have not benefited from appropriate preparation for what can be a long journey ahead. Stella’s Child is a foundation here in Bali that is addressing this issue, focusing on equipping underprivileged children with the

East Bali Poverty: Helping People to Help Themselves

Established in 1998 by Englishman David Booth, East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP) is a non-profit organization that focuses on improving the lives of people from the mountain villages in east Bali. Forgotten by time and progress, thousands of disadvantaged people in 19 sub-villages were living in abject poverty without water, sanitation, roads, schools, health facilities

Saving the Strays

Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) is a non-profit organisation that works to save, protect and improve the lives of all animals in Bali. Founded by Janice Girardi, an American jewellery designer, BAWA is carrying the mission of improving the lives of Bali’s animals through rescue, rehabilitation, education and advocacy. They provide emergency response and rescue,

A Helping Hand For The Children of Bali

Bali Children Foundation (Yayasan Samiarsa Seminyak) provides educational opportunities for disadvantaged children in Bali. Working mostly in North and West Bali, the foundation offers education scholarships for over a thousand children at school, about 40 in University and delivers English teaching and Computer studies classes to over 1,500 children in 36 communities. While the foundation

Puspadi Bali: Keeping Bali on the Move

In 1999, Puspadi was founded by Nengah Latra to assist people with physical disabilities in Bali. The foundation runs a program manufacturing and providing wheelchairs and artificial legs from their workshop at the Annika Linden Centre. Currently they have 20 staff, 16 of whom have physical disabilities themselves – with this workforce Puspadi has served

How a-Dory-able!

Located in the small coastal fishing village of Les in north Bali, the LINI Aquaculture and Training Centre is a hive of activity.  Although the buildings for the Centre are still in the final stages of construction, marine conservation work at the Centre has already well and truly begun. This is the largest project Yayasan

One Smile Goes A Long Way

“I think most of us would say that we want to “make a difference”. Whether that “difference” impacts one person or millions of people, it’s still important. If you have advantages, you also have responsibilities. I believe that very much.” Arriving at the humble office in Denpasar, we were warmly welcomed by Mary Northmore-Aziz, the

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