The East Bali Poverty Project was established as a legal Indonesian nonprofit NGO in July 1998 after a plea for help by an isolated and impoverished 7,200Ha mountain village of 19 remote hamlets scattered over the steep and arid eastern slopes of Mounts Agung and Abang. Participatory community surveys in 1998 with 1,056 families, representing the 3,000+ families, showed thousands of people living in abject poverty without water, sanitation, roads, schools, health facilities or electricity. Children were the key victims. Illiteracy was up to 100%, 85% had iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) and the majority were malnourished and suffered from acute impetigo, an infectious bacterial skin disease. In November 1998, over 1,000 families prioritized children's education if we could help. An inspiring and productive collaboration then began, with the 7 most remote communities, which now includes the entire population, with children's education as the foundation. Programmes cover all aspects of human need with a key focus on maternal child health, infant nutrition, clean/safe water, sanitation and environmental rehabilitation to empower the communities towards sustainable social and economic development.
Since launching our first integrated education programme in remote Bunga hamlet in 1999 for their 35 children, 6-16 years old, we got private funding to launch 5 more schools from 2000-2007, providing all levels of education from primary to senior high school level. We have educated more than 1,500 children since 1999. In 2011, a graduate from our Cegi School went to university to study a Fine Arts degree and we hope to have funding to send more young people to university and for wide ranging vocational training to come back to their village after graduation and lead their previously impoverished and forgotten village towards sustainable social and economic development.
With education as the foundation, we now have many environmental initiatives that harness human and natural resources for mutual benefit to improve living ecosystems, provide sustainable food sources for thousands of people, sustainable livelihoods for the present and future, and regeneration & preserve the local environment and ecosystems.
With EBPP philosophy of “helping people to help themselves”, all programs are designed as models, fully documented, and executed by local people, who transfer knowledge and appropriate technology within their communities so that they can be replicated in rural villages worldwide.
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