About Us

The East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP) is a non-profit organisation established in 1998 by a British resident of Bali after an appeal for help by an isolated 7,200Ha mountain village, forgotten by time and progress. Participatory community surveys in 1998 with 1,056 of the 3,000 families in the 19 sub-villages revealed thousands of people living in abject poverty without water, sanitation, roads, schools, health facilities and electricity. Illiteracy was approaching 100%. Malnutrition and iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) were endemic – iodine being the essential nutrient for healthy child births, brain and body development.

When interviewed in November 1998 to determine their priorities and whether EBPP could help, over 1,000 families requested children’s education as a foundation for a better future. An inspiring and productive collaboration thus began with the most disadvantaged communities. From education as a starting base, we have grown and are running various environmental initiatives that harness human and natural resources for mutual benefit to improve living ecosystems, provide sustainable food sources for thousands of people, provide sustainable livelihoods for the present and future, and ensure the preservation of the local environment and ecosystems.

With the philosophy of “helping people to help themselves”, all programmes are designed as models that can be replicated, and executed by local people who transfer knowledge directly, and appropriate technology within their communities.

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My trip to Bali | Brittany Bloomer

[…] In late November last year I travelled to Bali to celebrate the end of schooling. I found myself exposed to a completely different life style and culture. I was quite shocked when confronted by humans living in poverty, as well as stray dogs and cats wondering the streets. The people in Bali supported themselves by either running their own stalls in the markets or physically walking around with baskets selling different types of food and handmade bracelets. It was a huge shock at first when I was confronted by a young boy, shaking a bunch of bracelets in front of me. I instantly bought a few of them (which worked out to be 50 cents each), then was later told by a friend that these children are recruited by adults as a manipulative way to attract customers. On a more positive note, I did my research and was relieved to find out that there is an organisation called the East Bali Poverty Project which aims to help thousands of people who live in absolute poverty without water, sanitation, roads, schools, health facilities and electricity. Although I was not exposed to the worst form of poverty in Bali, I was still quite shocked at some of their living conditions, especially those of the beggars. The East Bali Poverty Project holds the philosophy of “helping people to help themselves”. To find out more information about this organisation and how you can help out – Check out their website. […]

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