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EBPP Sustenance Newsletter, Volume 10, Edition 1, July 2011

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Children’s Art Expo in Bali March 21 ? April 30, 2010 in Support of the East Bali Poverty Project. – by David Booth
March 2010

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SELECTION OF EBPP CHILDREN’S ART ON DISPLAY AND FOR SALE – by David Booth
March 2010

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“EBPP Children’s 17th August Independence Day Celebration: Through the Camera of David Pu’u” – by David Pu’u
September 2009

Each picture tells a story on our most wonderful day of the year, 17th August, when children from all EBPP’s 6 schools get together with parents, neighbours, siblings and visitors. We were privileged this year to have David Pu’u, Donna and friends. David’s blog & photos below tell the story. Since 2002, Bali Dynasty Resort has kindly sponsored complete hygiene kits of soap, toothbrush, toothpaste and towel for all EBPP children and tutors AND the apples and oranges for our children?s breakfast on 17th August. Click here to read more.


EBPP CHILDREN’S SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ACHIEVEMENTS IN ART, CRAFTS, CREATIVE WRITING AND KARATE – by David Booth MBE & Eric Broad
July 2009

Pride radiates from the children in all our schools as they develop their skills in Indian ink paintings, hand weave dried vetiver grass into export quality bags, hone their creative writing skills and vigorously practice INKAI karate – determined to get black belts, and eventually be Indonesian champions. Click here to read more.


EAST BALI POVERTY PROJECT: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS – by Dr Scott Younger OBE
October 2007

On Saturday, 20 October 2007, I paid a visit to the project in Desa Ban, North East Bali to look over progress since my last one, some 18 months ago, and as part of my pleasant duty as Adviser to the project. I was very pleased to note a number of further developments. For instance, at our Annual Foundation Board Meeting in early 2006, we discussed the introduction of solar electricity to the project site field office, and to the six EBPP schools in the villages as there was no expectation of any of these hamlets being connected to the national grid in the foreseeable future. Now they are installed and offer further training and education opportunities for the children of Desa Ban, as well as facilitating the endeavours of the staff heading up the various programmes within the expansive scope of the project. Click here to read more.


Sustainable Developments in Education, Health, Sanitation, Sport, Organic Farming and Vetiver System – by David Booth MBE
July 2007

East Bali Poverty Project’s SUSTENANCE Newsletter is back! Sorry for not keeping you all updated, due to many very exciting developments in the last 5 months keeping all of our dedicated team and I occupied for 7 days most weeks. In this edition, we introduce a new format with a new section: “Reports from the Field”. These are reports from foundation Board Members, staff or volunteers giving first hand feedback ‘as they see it’. Click here to read more.


IMPROVING EDUCATION, LIBRARY AND WATER FACILITIES FOR THE CHILDREN – by David Booth MBE
February 2007

The rainy season is fully upon us with all of its positive and negative effects: on the plus side improving the flow of our mountain spring-fed reservoirs and filling household rainwater collection reservoirs, and the usual negative effects of landslides and flash floods in the many usually dry river beds, temporarily cutting off access for hundreds of families. Faced with these difficulties, February 2007 has still been a dynamic month for East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP) team, who don rain capes, mount their trail bikes and push forward with these essential sustainable development projects for the people of their village Click here to read more.


2006 ACHIEVEMENTS TOWARDS POVERTY REDUCTION AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT – by David Booth MBE
January 2007

Since East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP) team of only five local Balinese, led by David Booth, initiated our first programmes in late 1999, our present field team of over 90 local staff worked relentlessly in 2006, in partnership with the communities, to achieve the impressive milestones proudly summarised in this newsletter. They include every aspect of community empowerment, from improved health, education, safe drinking water resources, infrastructure development, the magic of vetiver grass, etc., verifying the efficacy of EBPP’s holistic poverty reduction and community empowerment models for replication in other disadvantaged regions in the future. Click here to read more.


SMOKE HOODS, KARATE AND NUTRITION: SUSTAINABLE HEALTH AND SANITATION INITIATIVES – by David Booth MBE
December 2006

As 2006 ends, all of East Bali Poverty Project’s (EBPP) 96 staff (all but 4 from the surrounding villages) asked me to share with you their pride on the year’s milestones and achievements. Led by our dynamic and passionate team leader, Komang Kurniawan, their tireless and dedicated teamwork, together with 100% children’s and community motivation and participation have been the cornerstone of success since launching our first programmes in late 1999. Click here to read more.


AWARDS FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT AND VETIVER SYSTEMS ACHIEVEMENTS – by David Booth MBE, Founder & Chairman
November 2006

The first we knew of the Bank Danamon Award was a phone call on the 25th of July 2006, asking us to complete the application by the 26th of July deadline for the Indonesia-wide contest launched by Bank Danamon to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Working in partnership with Tempo, one of Indonesia’s top news magazines, their purpose was “to honour those who have made the greatest contribution towards empowering others in their respective communities”.( 6th November 2006 Bank Danamon Press Release) Click here to read more.


MOBILE DENTAL CLINIC PROVIDES FIRST TIME DENTAL CARE TO CHILDREN LIVING IN REMOTE EAST BALI – by David Booth MBE, Founder & Chairman
October 2006

East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP) proudly launched a free dental health care programme on 6th October 2006 for the children and community of Desa Ban (Ban village), Kubu Sub District, Karangasem Regency, one of the most isolated and under-served areas of Bali, with a fully equipped Mobile Dental Clinic. Click here to read more.


SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENTS IN CROSS-CULTURAL CHILDREN’S EDUCATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION – by David Booth MBE, Founder & Chairman
September 2006

Isolation and lack of contact with the world outside their mountain hamlets due to lack of any road access until March 2000, did not prevent the first generations of school children in this region from reaching out for knowledge when they enrolled in East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP) schools. Their hunger for new information was clearly insatiable, especially about other cultures, religions, animals, climates and ways of life. Click here to read more.


MORE SUSTAINABLE MILESTONES IN CHILDREN’S EDUCATION AND HEALTH – by David Booth MBE, Founder and Chairman
August 2006

History was created in the isolated Mount Abang hamlet of Bunga in July 2006 when the Bali Provincial Education Department confirmed that the six children at East Bali Poverty Project’s (EBPP) first school, who sat the exams in May 2006, graduated junior high school after only six and a half years of education – being the first ever in this mountain region to go past elementary education. Click here to read more.


CHILDREN REAP BENEFITS FROM EDUCATION, ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE AND SAFE WATER – by David Booth MBE, Founder & Chairman
July 2006

New milestones in June and July 2006 featured here illustrate great developments in many aspect of community life, prioritising the health and education of children of the 30,000 families in our region and the mountain spring safe-water development for isolated Mount Abang families. Latest progress in our programmes in dental health by volunteer team from Denpasar’s Mahasaraswati University, community training and empowerment programmes in sustainable vegetable, worm and goat farming, infrastructure developments etc. will be covered in future newsletters. Click here to read more.


BREAKING NEWS: VETIVER TRAINING WORKSHOP AND DENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMMES – by David Booth MBE, Founder & Chairman
June 2006

The East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP), responsible for the dissemination and development of vetiver information/applications in Indonesia under the auspices of the Indonesian Vetiver Network (IDVN), held its first formal Vetiver Training Workshop from 29th May to 1st June 2006 in Bali for eight participants – 3 Certification Advisers from UK’s Tropical Forest Trust (TFT) and 5 field Managers from the Indonesian Government-owned Forest Management Agency, PT Perum Perhutani (PP). They came to learn how to apply Vetiver (Vetiveria Zizanioides) as a sustainable erosion control and soil/water conservation solution in their programmes to rehabilitate thousands of hectares of teak forest and watersheds in Java and Kalimantan. Click here to read more.


GREAT MILESTONES IN EDUCATION AND VETIVER SYSTEMS – and where to buy “THE ART OF LEARNING BY DOING” – by David Booth MBE
May 2006

Indonesia’s National Education Day falls on the 2nd of May each year and gives us the opportunity to reinforce the values and importance of knowledge acquisition as well as getting our children to compete in small groups with very challenging activities. It is interesting that the vision of Ki Hadjar Dewantara, who initiated this national day in 1908, was coaching and mentoring students to empower them to explore, realise and develop their own abilities, talents and ambitions – exactly in line with East Bali Poverty Project’s (EBPP) aims and visions from the outset. Click here to read more.


FINDINGS FROM VISIT TO EAST BALI POVERTY PROJECT, 6 APRIL 2006 – by Dr Scott Younger OBE
April 2006

This was my first visit to the EBPP in two years, and it was inspiring to see what had evolved in that period. It was also my fourth visit since February 2002, and this time I didn’t fall off the back of a trail bike – as I had done on my first visit! Not to be recommended! The EBPP comes under the aegis of Yayasan Ekoturin for which I serve as Pengawas (Adviser/Commissioner). My prime function has been to raise public interest and funding, particularly in the early years, and provide advice, as required. The project is entirely donor-funded, and the developments to date have been carried out on less than US$750,000. Altogether a remarkable achievement! Click here to read more.


CHILDREN COMPETING AND WHOLE COMMUNITIES MOVING TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY – by David J Booth MBE, Founder & Chairman
March 2006

Tropical storms, thick fog and many flash floods have not prevented East Bali Poverty Project junior high school children showing their mettle nor many communities excitedly planting bamboo to improve their environment and livelihoods for present and future generations as you can see in this newsletter Click here to read more.


MODEL COMMUNITY HEALTH OUTREACH PROGRAMMES AND DONOR COMMITMENTS FOR SUSTAINABILITY – by David J Booth MBE, Founder & Chairman
February 2006

Great developments in East Bali Poverty Project community health outreach programmes and wonderful commitments by existing donors have dominated the last two months, opening the door for thousands of families to look to a healthier and more promising life for present and future generations. There has also been much exciting progress with both bamboo and vetiver which I will report in detail in the next newsletter. Click here to read more.


THE VETIVER SYSTEM FACILITATING ESSENTIAL COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE – by David Booth MBE, Founder & Chairman
January 2006

December 2005 was time for our children’s year-end exams, involving a total of 23 classes in our 5 schools – all went without a hitch and some great results were achieved. Christmas was celebrated by all our Balinese Hindu staff, thanks to Holly, our volunteer English teacher, deciding to pay for the trimmings of a western Christmas with a Balinese flavour in EBPP’s Centre for Sustainable Development. Now well into the rainy season, there was great activity in all of EBPP programmes, especially Vetiver systems, which I report on this month, due to the importance of erosion control and soil and water conservation during the wet season. Click here to read more.


SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENTS IN HEALTH, AGRICULTURE AND EDUCATION, DESPITE TORRENTIAL RAINS – by David Booth MBE
December 2005

An early start to the rainy season with daily torrential downpours, flash floods in many dry river beds and unexpected landslides have not prevented EBPP’s dedicated field team from initiating new health programmes, making great progress in all our agriculture sectors, preparing and administering exams to all of our children and much more Click here to read more.


HARNESSING HUMAN AND NATURAL RESOURCES FOR SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS – by David Booth MBE, Founder & Chairman
November 2005

Many new programmes have been initiated during the last month, taking all of the communities of Desa Ban nearer to the ultimate goals of sustainable social and economic development. We are grateful to the Indonesian experts in their field who have kindly given their time and shared their knowledge in support of all these new initiatives Click here to read more.


“THE ART OF LEARNING BY DOING” A unique approach to empowering children for sustainable development – by David Booth MBE, Founder & Chairman
October 2005

I have dedicated this Newsletter to our newly published educational art story book, “The Art of Learning by Doing” which has been so well received and complemented by children, Indonesian and foreign schools, parents, foreign friends, bookshops and organisations. The book has been seen as not only a resource for teaching simple lessons of “learning by doing” and the indisputable fact that children can certainly teach their parents in rural villages, but also in the modern age, and also as a pleasant coffee table and library book. We are only selling the book in outlets that do not seek commission as we want this 128 page book, in seven chapters with 105 beautiful artworks by East Bali Poverty Project’s (EBPP) children, to be affordable to all sectors of society. Many people have bought multiple copies of the book to send home as Christmas gifts for family and friends. Click here to read more.


MILESTONES IN CHILDREN’S SUSTAINABLE HEALTH IMPROVEMENTS AND EDUCATION – by David Booth MBE, Founder & Chairman
September 2005

Two great milestones in children’s sustainable health improvement have been made possible largely due to the 21 active monthly mother and baby health posts (Posyandu) initiated by East Bali Poverty Project in 2003, thus ensuring all of the 2,500 families in this village can avail of essential health services, especially vaccinations for babies, that were virtually unknown to these populations before. Click here to read more.


INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS 2005: EAST BALI POVERTY PROJECT’S MOUNTAIN THEATRE – by David Booth MBE, Founder and Chairman
August 2005

A usually inhospitable dry and wide valley riverbed between Mounts Agung and Abang was transformed to “an oasis in the desert” for East Bali Poverty Project’s (EBPP) annual celebrations of Indonesian Independence Day on the 17th of August: a full sports track, a professional stage complete with make-up room and washrooms and covered areas for the hundreds of guests. Months of hard work by EBPP field teams, heats, training and rehearsals for the children’s varied activities culminated in a truly remarkable display of sports competitions, Balinese dance, skilful drama productions, poetry and comedy, entertaining hundreds of local people, local Government officials, representatives from Bali Dynasty Resort (sponsor since 2000 for education programmes) and, of course, me! Join me for a tour of this exceptional day. Click here to read more.


EMERGING TALENTS IN MOUNTAINS OF NEW HOPE – by David Booth MBE, Founder and Chairman
July 2005

The first I knew of the Bali Peace Park Foundation (www.balipeacepark.com) was an email from its founder, Dallas Finn, on 6th of June 2005 asking if EBPP schools may want to enter a competition to create a large peace mural to eventually hang in the planned Bali Peace Park in Kuta. My initial enthusiasm was clouded by the limited time we had even if it seemed feasible. The response from EBPP children and art team however was an instant and resounding “yes”. Click here to read more.


INITIATING SUSTAINABLE PARTNERSHIPS IN EDUCATION AND HEALTH – by David Booth MBE, Founder and Chairman
June 2005

In 1998, East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP) developed a partnership with the whole community of Desa Ban which is yielding many exciting and sustainable results. We have now invited professional institutions from the city to join, learn with us, share with us and broaden the spectrum of possibilities for the mutual benefit of humanity. I report here on two of these new relationships, together with our existing partnership with the community, which will hopefully help to start closing the gap between the most disadvantaged and the more privileged in Bali. Click here to read more.


DAVID BOOTH RECEIVES MBE AWARD AS EBPP TEAM CELEBRATE EDUCATION – by David Booth MBE, Founder and Chairman
May 2005

April and May 2005 have been very eventful months for East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP), starting with my trip to England on 23rd of April to receive my MBE award, the start of Bunga school library building, the celebration of Indonesian Education Day on 2nd of May, the official Hindu ceremony to bless Cegi school on 13th of May and the Government exams to graduate elementary school for 47 of EBPP children and tutors from 19th to 21st of May. I am proud to share with you some of the key moments of this exciting period. Click here to read more.


OFFICIAL OPENING OF EBPP CENTRE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT – by David Booth MBE, Founder and Chairman
April 2005

Our highlight this month is the official launch and operation of our new “Centre for Sustainable Development, Research and Training” on 25th of March, kindly sponsored by Unilever and their Uli Peduli Foundation. I also report on another month of action and achievements, although somewhat hindered by extraordinarily prolonged tropical storms. Torrential rains we expect, but since our first presence in this mountain village in 1998, neither the local people nor our native staff have experienced such intensity – followed by flash floods, sending raging torrents of rock strewn brown water gushing down the usually steep and dry riverbeds. Click here to read more.


POTATO FARMING AND WATER EDUCATION LEADING TO HEALTHIER LIVES – by David Booth MBE, Founder and Chairman
March 2005

March 2005 has seen many interesting developments, but most significant of all is the progress made on the construction of our new sustainable development, research and training centre in the village, sponsored by Unilever. With the formal opening date fixed for the 25th of March, the most auspicious day for the Balinese ceremony, pressure has been felt by all of us due to the observance of almost a full week of Balinese religious ceremonies. The other key progress this month has been in our organic farming, water, education and art programmes, which I will summarise below. Click here to read more.


THE ART OF LEARNING BY DOING: CHILDREN CREATING THEIR FUTURE – by David Booth MBE, Founder and Chairman
February 2005

Blue mountains, orange skies, purple fields and children fishing from boats on picturesque lakes feature on many of the drawings and paintings produced by children in our four education programmes. Click here to read more.


SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS IN CHILDREN’S HEALTH, EDUCATION AND SAFE WATER – by David Booth MBE, Founder and Chairman
January 2005

January 2005 has been a great month for all of East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP) programmes, dominated by children’s health, education and sanitary rain water storage for hundreds of people. Two newly qualified female teachers, both natives of the village, joined us in early January, thus ensuring we continue providing optimum quality in our education programmes for the now over 250 children in our five schools. Both girls, who knew each other in the Singaraja Teacher’s Training College and joined EBPP because they wanted to be a part of their village’s development, get dedicated training by our experienced educators to provide them with meaningful employment and great future potential – all adding to a very happy and motivated “family”. Click here to read more.


NEW PROGRAMMES LEADING INTO 2005 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS – by David Booth MBE, Founder and Chairman
December 2004

December 2004 has been quite a remarkable month for East Bali Poverty Project, ushered in by the onset of the rains and seeing eight great developments, the most notable being the building of our new Sustainable Development, Research and Training Centre and preparations to launch our fifth integrated education programme for 54 children in Jatituhu. I would like to share with you all a little of the joy felt by all of our team and the whole village at the end of 2004 by reporting on the five key developments, thanks to the continued support of our many wonderful donors. Click here to read more.


NEW MILESTONES IN EDUCATION, WATER AND VETIVER: PROUDEST DAY IN HISTORY FOR THREE MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY – by David Booth MBE, Founder and Chairman
November 2004

The twelfth of November 2004 was a landmark that will go down in history for the communities of Manikaji, Cegi and Pengalusan. Their children officially graduated elementary school, something the mums and dads never had a chance to do. The long wait is over! Six months after taking their exam and a whole four months after knowing they had passed, I was able to award each child with their graduation credentials: two embossed certificates, signed by the Head of the Government Education Department, clearly stating that each was entitled to continue to formal secondary education. Click here to read more.


EMPOWERED CHILDREN START CONCRETING AND PAINTING THEIR FUTURE – by David Booth MBE, Founder and Chairman
October 2004

“The future starts now” is a phrase that comes to mind in reporting on the recent leaps forward made by the children and communities in this isolated region of Bali. The children and communities have already illustrated through their full participation in many new programmes that they now feel empowered to take responsibility for changing their own future for the better as shown by some of the last month’s highlights below. Click here to read more.


SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT MODELS BASED ON COMMUNITY OWNERSHIP – by David Booth MBE, Founder and Chairman
September 2004

Sustainable development has been given many definitions over the years, but really, no single classification can apply to the myriad problems facing the many and varied stakeholders in today’s rapidly growing and changing world. It is unbelievable that many people still think that sustainable development is only about the birds, bees and trees! Click here to read more.


AN EDUCATIONAL CELEBRATION OF INDONESIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY, 2004 – by David Booth MBE, Founder and Chairman
August 2004

I am delighted this month to share our 2004 Indonesian Independence Day activities, where children did not only display their sporting and art skills, but also their newly developed talents in cooking, vetiver planting and action packed dramas, made up so skilfully that even their parents did not recognise them. Pride oozed from everybody. I hope you enjoy as much as we did. Click here to read more.


PRIDE OF THE COMMUNITIES: PRIMARY SCHOOL GRADUATES AND NEW UNIFORMS – by David Booth, Founder and Chairman
July 2004

Educational developments took pride of place during July 2004 with the children’s and community’s self-esteem peaking in our four integrated education programmes. I report this month on our primary school graduates, new teachers for junior high school, new school uniforms and Cegi school launch and our foundation’s sixth birthday celebrations on 24th July 2004. Click here to read more.


SMILES AND GLOWING HEALTH QUANTIFY SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT – by David Booth, Founder and Chairman
June 2004

Nyoman Lami’s glowing smile and “thumb’s up” gesture stood out from the thirty five children that were seeing me off from my weekly visit to Pengalusan school on 19th May 2004. You see, he was in the first intake of children when East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP) was able to launch the integrated education programme for all their children from ages 6-15 in September 2000. These permanent smiles contrast sharply with my exploratory visits in July 1998 to Pengalusan and the other most remote hamlets: not only did most people run away from this tall foreigner (me) – a sight they had never seen before – but nobody smiled. Click here to read more.


SUZUKI TRAIL BIKES AND THE EAST BALI POVERTY PROJECT TEAM: A RECIPE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT – by David Booth, Founder and Chairman
April 2004

Every afternoon, between about 3 and 4pm, the usually sleepy hamlet of Ban at the foot of Mount Agung is awoken by the roar of eleven Suzuki Trail motorcycles with their dust covered riders and passengers, parking them in orderly fashion before they squeeze into a tiny 5 x 4 meter two-roomed building. These are the dedicated young Balinese men and women of the East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP) field team, returning from today’s many tasks in up to nine different locations, and planning logistics for tomorrow: allocation of people, Suzuki Trails, walkie-talkies and digital cameras. Click here to read more.


INTRODUCING THE POWER OF VETIVER AND THE INDONESIAN VETIVER NETWORK – by David Booth, Founder and Chairman
March 2004

“It’s just a grass. How can it stop serious soil and road erosion? Won’t it spread like other weeds and take over my garden?” These are typical comments/questions from most people introduced to Vetiver grass for the first time. I reported in our November 2003 Newsletter about my trip to China to attend the Third International Conference on Vetiver and Water (ICV-3) to receive the 1st prize award for “Research and Development of the Vetiver System for Innovative Use in Asia” for our paper (co-authored by Ardika Adinata, EBPP Vetiver Supervisor) entitled “Vetiver Grass: A Key to Sustainable Development on Bali”. There I heard firsthand of some amazing work being done by people all around the globe, putting Vetiver to the test in many different and difficult situations. All were success stories. Click here to read more.


EXCITING DEVELOPMENTS IN SAFE WATER AND EDUCATION – by David Booth, Founder and Chairman
February 2004

I report this month on exciting developments in our water and integrated education programmes at the start of 2004, which, combined with commitments from many new donors, have enabled all of East Bali Poverty Project team – and the community – to look at the rest of 2004 with great confidence that our goals of sustainable social and economic development are on track for the foreseeable future. Community motivation and participation has been the key, as they see that so many of their aspirations, stated to EBPP team in November 1998, are starting to become realities. Click here to read more.


EDUCATION FOR BOYS AND GIRLS: LEADING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FOR THE POOREST COMMUNITIES – by David Booth, Founder and Chairman
January 2004

“By making sure that all boys and girls get a basic education, we will not only give them a chance of growing into independent adults who can protect their own health and rights, but we will give the next generation of children a better chance of escaping a life of poverty and hardship,” – UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy, 1 January 2004. “…there is no tool for development more effective than the education of girls.” — Kofi A. Annan — These recent statements by Carol Bellamy of UNICEF and the United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, both refer to UNICEF’s 2004 report entitled “The State of the World’s Children 2004”. They echo the principles on which the East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP) was founded in 1998: Helping disadvantaged communities to help themselves, prioritising the health and education of children. Click here to read more.


VISION FOR 2004: SAFE WATER, GOOD HEALTH AND SUSTAINABLE NUTRITION – by David Booth, Founder & Chairman
December 2003

“Over 1 billion people worldwide lack access to safe water supply and almost 2.5 billion people lack adequate sanitation. More than 5 million people die each year from water-related diseases that are mostly preventable.” Introduction to Working Document of EU Water Initiative: Water for Life The year 2004 will open a new chapter for thousands of people in the once forgotten villages on the east slopes of Mounts Agung and Abang in East Bali, with safe drinking water, better health, nutrition, education and the potential of self sufficiency in organically produced vegetables of their choice. In this Newsletter I will summarise our key achievements and give a brief outline of our expectations for 2004 in our continual drive for sustainable social and economic development, prioritizing the basic needs and rights of schoolchildren, mothers and babies. Click here to read more.


GOATS ENTER EDUCATION, NUTRITION AND ORGANIC FARMING PROGRAMMES – by David Booth, Founder & Chairman
November 2003

Two healthy baby boys were born within 13 days of each other in Dusun Cegi; one black and one brown. When I saw the first one at 12.10pm on the 22nd of October, so big and sprightly walking up to his Mum for milk, I assumed he was about two weeks old – only to be told he had only been born five hours earlier! These are two baby Peranakan Ettawa (PE) goats, the sixth generation of the goats we provided to a group of ten Temakung farmers of Desa Ban in August 1999 on a “pay-back” system, with a Rp 10 million grant from the Bali International Women’s Association (BIWA). Click here to read more.


VETIVER AWARD EXEMPLIFIES ACHIEVEMENTS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH RELEVANT EDUCATION AND IMPROVED HEALTH – by David Booth, Founder and Chairman
October 2003

I am very proud to report in this Newsletter on our International Award-winning work with Vetiver grass in securing the future for hundreds – eventually thousands – of impoverished families in the arid mountain region of north Bali, which has gained international recognition and praise. But first, I will summarise the other exciting benchmarks in education, health, water and organic farming that have been realised during the last few weeks to further enhance the pride of all of the East Bali Poverty Project team: the results of dedication, determination and not giving up. Hence, I want to introduce this month’s Newsletter by paying tribute to our Indonesian team – all except one being Balinese – whose hard work has made these achievements possible, after most Indonesian and foreign observers told us in 1998 and 1999 that we were attempting an impossible task: visualising poverty alleviation and sustainable development in an isolated mountain region that had no roads, water supply, electricity nor fertile land – and a predominantly illiterate and malnourished population. Click here to read more.


COMMUNITY BASED APPROACH TO ELIMINATE MICRONUTRIENT MALNUTRITION – by David Booth, Founder and Chairman
September 2003

I am very pleased to report in this Newsletter that early in September 2003 UNICEF confirmed that not only they will continue supporting our programme to eliminate iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) in Ban village but also this year we are able to execute a complete micronutrient support programme to include Vitamin A and iron deficiency testing of pregnant women. Additionally we will work in partnership with the Puskesmas, the local community health centre which is too remote for 95% of the community to access. They have also confirmed that they see East Bali Poverty Project programmes in Desa Ban as a developing model that can be replicated in other similarly isolated regions. Click here to read more.


INDEPENDENCE DAY 2003: CHILDREN USE DANCE TO ILLUSTRATE THEIR FREEDOM – by David Booth, Founder and Chairman
August 2003

This months Newsletter is very special, documenting the historic events of the 16th and 17th of August 2003 in the remote village of Ban high in the barren hills of east Bali. Here, it is not just another Indonesian Independence Day commemorating the country’s freedom from colonization, as it was never really known or understood in this isolated region before our programmes started in 1999. It is instead a time chosen by the whole of the East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP) team and our children to celebrate their own personal freedoms: freedom from illiteracy, malnutrition, iodine deficiency and gloom – and the start of a new generation of self-sufficiency leading to the eventual elimination of abject poverty in this area. Click here to read more.


EXCITING EVENTS IN EDUCATION, ART AND ORGANIC FARMING – by David Booth, Founder and Chairman
July 2003

“When are we going to Tirtagangga, Mr David?” asked the children of our Bunga integrated education programme after they took their formal government exams in May 2003. You see, I had promised them that after taking their final exams to graduate elementary school (reported in July 2003 newsletter) EBPP would show our appreciation for their achievements: being the first children in our course to graduate, and the first clear benchmark in progress of Desa Ban community towards sustainable development. In fact, June and July 2003 have been very exciting months for the whole team and children of East Bali Poverty Project and at the same time two of the busiest months we have experienced since launching the foundation in 1998. Many donors were scheduled to visit and we were at a crucial period for many education related developments, essential for the children’s future. Click here to read more.


MILESTONES IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND POVERTY ALLEVIATION – by David Booth, Founder and Chairman
June 2003

“Awesome” was the expression I read on the faces of the fifteen Bunga farmers when they harvested the 2,300 potatoes in their learning garden half way up Mount Abang on that sunny morning of the twenty second of May, 2003. Their helpers, counting and sorting the potatoes, were their 13 children who had, only one day before, completed their official Government exams to graduate elementary school: a first for their hamlet. They had just come up the hill from harvesting the 800 potatoes from their school garden in the valley below, along with their schoolmates who will take their exams next year. Click here to read more.


A MOUNTAIN CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL EDUCATION DAY – by Rachel Lovelock
May 2003

Under the mighty gaze of Bali’s Mt Agung, a group of 96 schoolchildren, aged between 6 and 14 years old, are proudly standing in a large circle outside their new school. In every direction across this arid mountain terrain is a vista of coconut palms and jungle. We are perched on a high ridge on northwest slope of Mt Abang; to the north a silver sea shimmers beyond a distant coastline, and to the east Mt Rinjani is clearly visible, towering above Lombok. Click here to read more.


CULTURALLY SENSITIVE SOLUTIONS IN A COMPLEX SOCIETY – by David Booth, Founder and Chairman
April 2003

In newly prepared terraces on previously barren volcanic mountain slopes, fifteen excited cassava farmers enthusiastically tend their new potato and vegetable gardens whilst fourteen formerly illiterate children undergo intensive schooling to prepare them for elementary school graduation exams in May 2003. Click here to read more.


THE FANTASTIC FORD FUELS PROGRESS – by David Booth, Founder and Chairman
March 2003

We christened him “David 2/too” on the 7th of June 2002 with poor man’s champagne, Bintang beer. In the evening, he received the full blessing of a Balinese high priest, witnessed by all of East Bali Poverty Project’s field staff and I, essential according to Bali-Hindu belief, to safeguard the vehicle and its occupants from accidents and bring good luck. But really we should have given him the kind of name you would bestow upon your most trusty steed: Roy Rogers had Trigger and The Lone Ranger had Silver. You see, our Ford Ranger double cab diesel pickup that was donated by Standard Chartered Bank is our reliable work-horse with 120 horses throbbing under the bonnet. Click here to read more.


POTATO POWER DRIVES SUSTAINABILITY – by David Booth, Founder and Chairman
February 2003

On a remote hillside high up the steep and arid northern slopes of Mount Agung in East Bali, fifteen cassava farmers gathered for their first lesson in planting potatoes on the twenty-sixth of February 2003, with a passion never seen since the East Bali Poverty Project launched their childrens integrated education Programme in August 1999. Click here to read more.


BENCHMARKS OF PROGRESS TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT – by David Booth, Founder and Chairman
January 2003

I am often asked how I measure progress and/or success on the various programmes that East Bali Poverty Project has initiated through the people of probably one of the most impoverished and underprivileged villages in Bali. From my experience as a civil engineer working in Nigeria, Trinidad and Papua New Guinea from 1973 to 1985, this village high in the mountains of north-east Bali is one of the least developed villages I have ever come across. Click here to read more.


CULTURE CONTRASTS – by Rachel Lovelock
December 2002

The heat of the sun had not yet penetrated the rugged mountain valley, as the 4-wheel-drive vehicle bounced along the rough track towards the tiny village hamlets of Cegi and Pengalusan. Ahead of us the mighty volcano, Gunung Agung dominated the skyline, scraggy fields of meagre cassava crops lined the side of our route and the parched reddish brown earth was baked and cracked. We stopped at a water hole – a pool fed from a natural spring. But the flow of water had reduced to a mere five litres per minute, leaving precious little for the local people to collect and carry up the steep mountain slopes for drinking, cooking, and tending their animals. The rainy season had not yet arrived in this arid mountainous region of East Bali. Another few weeks and it will probably present a very different picture, but nevertheless an equally hostile one, as the currently longed-for rain will, as always, produce landslides and new hazards. Click here to read more.


DRAMAS AND DELIGHTS IN MANIKAJI – by Rachel Lovelock
August 2002

Last Saturday morning, David Booth (founder of the East Bali Poverty Project) received a distressing radio call from a member of his field staff, high on the slopes of Mount Abang. One of the tutors at East Bali Poverty Project’s (EBPP) most isolated village hamlet school of Manikaji was not at work because he had had a serious accident. Click here to read more.


EXCITING NEW DEVELOPMENTS – by Rachel Lovelock
June 2002

“Blown away” are the words that I would use to describe my feelings when I visited the mountain hamlets of Desa Ban last week. I have been writing about the work of the East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP) now for about fifteen months and the progress that I have observed in that time is astonishing, but this recent visit – my first in four months – really brought home to me just how fast the EBPP has been moving forward in its mission to sustain a secure future for the impoverished families living in this forgotten region of Northeast Bali. Click here to read more.


CLEAN WATER FROM APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY AND PARTICIPATION – by David Booth
April 2002

The 1980s decade was declared by the United Nations as World Water Decade. The commitment was that the basic right of clean water would be available to everyone in the world by 1990. Something went wrong! Todays figures show that one quarter of the worlds population is still without safe drinking water and every eight seconds a child in the developing world will die from diseases caused by unsafe water. Click here to read more.


TORRENTIAL RAIN CREATES DISASTERS AND OPPORTUNITIES – by David Booth
February 2002

Flash floods take on a new meaning one thousand meters up the steep and arid eastern slopes of Mount Agung. For ten months of the year, there is no water to be seen except for the murky and slimy last-season-rainwater in the open vats near a few homes, and the spring water that locals trek up to three hours to get in their small plastic buckets. But now is the rainy season; the only time that crops can be planted, and when people can step outside their homes to bathe in the clean rain; and hang their dirty clothes out to wash. Yet it is also the time when mega storms rage, that the land disappears to the sea far below – up to thirty centimeters per year washing away from the fragile and sandy hillsides, rushing down to the sea, and cutting hundreds of families off from even the most basic facilities. Click here to read more.


EDUCATION FOR ILLITERATE MOUNTAIN CHILDREN – by Rachel Lovelock
July 2001
Devising an education programme for the illiterate, malnourished children in the arid mountainous villages of east Bali was the daunting challenge accepted by the East Bali Poverty Project in 1998. This was the request of hundreds of parents in the seven most remote hamlets in the region, where government schools were virtually out of reach. Any education programme had to be relevant to the childrens needs and priorities the key areas of knowledge that would enable them to understand how to stay healthy through better nutrition and personal hygiene, and eventually lead their parents and communities towards sustainable development. Click here to read more