First impressions of EBPP projects by Juan

Par Juan Herrero

Driving towards the villages on a road that didn't exist very few years ago

Nous avons quitté le gris naissant Denpasar à 6 a.m. et a conduit vers le mont Agung. The villages, temples, rice fields and crowded roads turned little by little in less busier spaces surrounded by nature as long as we approached the saddle between Mt Agung and Mt Abang. Il est où nous aurons notre premier arrêt.

Là, nous tous, les gens de la Société Bamboo en Australie et moi, ont expliqué l'histoire de EBPP depuis ses premiers pas de David. Dans cet endroit particulier était rien, mais un chemin mince dans la forêt il y a quelques années. Aujourd'hui, nous pouvons voir les gens tous les jours de transit sur une route confortable qui relie le sud avec les versants nord, une fois isolés de Mt. Suprême. Avant David a commencé l'aventure EBPP les gens de la région ont utilisé les rivières comme voies de communication.

Notre prochain arrêt était Daya, où l'un des bureaux du site de EBPP est. Here the staff showed us the Bamboo Nursery and all the incredible uses of bamboo in infrastructure. Also we took a look at the worm farm, essential in organic farming, and the bamboo afforestation workshop. The day had only just begun.

We continued our way in a four wheel drive pickup and a trail motorbike as it is a complicated ground. We arrived to Bunga where we found the children in class. All their little wide open eyes were looking at us. We also saw part of the dance show the kids are going to perform in EBPP’s annual August 17e Indonesian Independence Day Festival, one of the very important days in the year for the kids. Everyone is so excited about that, from the youngest to the oldest.

The next stop is the artistic scope in the project, the village of Cegi, where a brand new art gallery is being built sponsored by Don Ferrin and his lecturer colleagues at Singapore Management University. We met the young artists and their surprisingly artwork. En fait, Lias, a noted artist teenager attending EBPP’s Cegi School since 2000, who lives in the village, become so happy (and everyone else with him) when he sold one of his paintings bought to one of the Australian visitors.

We continued our visit all the way through steep dirt roads until we hit the inaccessible little village of Manikaji, where we were guided through a school, une bibliothèque, water supplies… We had very emotive moments interacting with the children while we presented ourselves to them through a teacher translating to Bahasa.

One of the special things that they occurred up here is when in 1999 where David started the first school, he asked the children how many days they wanted for Christmas & New Year holidays?. “Holidays?” The kids just didn’t want to miss a day at school. “Why would we want to miss time to learn?” they said. This is a pretty good lesson for us all.

We finished the day in EBPP’s headquarters, Ban office, with the rest of the staff, which showed us the several other different EBPP programs.

Where once no eye wanted to look at, today there is all smiles, kindness and gratitude. Congratulations East Bali Poverty Project.

On the way we stopped by the amazing view of lake Batur covered in clouds

Ketut is one of the EBPP's staff experienced in the bamboo programs

Children at school in Bunga joking with David
Ketut and me on the motorbike on our way to Cegi
Cegi’s new art gallery under construction
Lias, 18 ans. He is one of the noted artists from Cegi

Children at school in Cegi

3 Commentaires

jay

great pictures and very evocative description. really helps to understand how much has changed in Ban thanks to the efforts of EBPP, and the collective will of the community. thanks for sharing!

Yuli Soebeno

Very good story and I had a similar experience and feeling when I first visited the villages on the 8 Octobre 2010 with David and Aris from EBPP, also Dr. Panji (our dentist) that extracted 26 teeth that day, from the growing up children at schools run by EBPP staffs in the villages. images belles, aussi, merci Juan.

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