The award-winning Ekoturin Foundationís East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP), was established in July 1998 to improve the living standards of an isolated mountain area of Bali that is home to over two thousand families. Striving to achieve sensible, ecologically sustainable development, the EBPP avoids hand-outs of money, rice or any other short-term solutions; seeking projects that empower the local community and are in keeping with EBPP's 5 hamlet communities self-declared needs and aspirations.
To learn more of the the many and extensive community development projects of EBPP visit their Web site [East Bali Poverty Project].
Education, supported by full community motivation and participation has been the cornerstone of EBPP's remarkable progress to date. The programs undertaken have touched on almost every aspect of the local villagers' lives including nutrition, health, hygiene, sanitation, sustainable land improvement and creative arts into the education programmes.
Taking into account the situation of the families in this impoverished area of Bali, children only attend school for three days each week - half a day each day, permitting them to still help their parents in the fields and feeding the cows that are a main source of income. Despite their abbreviated hours in the classroom, the EBPP supported children manage to complete the entire government curriculum with 97 children recently receiving graduation certificates with good grades. In addition, their classroom experience has taught them new practical skills in the fields of health and sanitation, nutrition and sustainable organic agriculture.
Listen to the Children
Somewhat surprising initially, the EBPP kids have become a powerful agent for positive change in their previously subsistence farming mountain society. They now act as their parent's teachers, sharing lessons learned at school in the rudiments of organic vegetable farming. As a result, many nutritious vegetables and medicinal herbs are now growing on steep and previously barren slopes that had never supported crops before.
The Art of Learning by Doing
The important role played by the EBPP
children in advancing the quality of life in their local communities served as the catalyst for the creatrion of an amazing educational art story book entitled "The Art of Learning by Doing", now being sold and distributed internationally in order to share the story of life in East Bali and the role of children in community building. Based on the best 105 of thousands of paintings created BY EBPP
kids from 2001 to 2005, the book represents an amazing chronicle of a traditional community's struggle to carve out a sustainable future for itself.
Published bilingually in both English and Bahasa Indonesia, "The Art of Learning by Doing" is being purchased by people wishing to share it simple yet powerful message with children and grandchildren, and by generous donors who purchase copies for distribution in rural villages across Bali and the rest of the Indonesian archipelago.
Already in its second print-run, copies of "The Art of Learning by Doing" are available for a minimum donation Rp. 150,000 per copy (approximately US$15.00).
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