A charity based in Bali has raised over one thousand food relief packages for families whose livelihoods have been destroyed by the pandemic.
With Bali closed to international tourism, the normally bustling holiday island has gone quiet. It’s left a huge dent in the livelihoods of locals.
Thanks to support from all over the world, Bali Children’s Project’s appeal has raised over 40,000 USD and more than 1,000 food packages.
Bali on the Brink
A tourism hotspot, Bali’s economy has been severely impacted during the pandemic. The tourism industry doesn’t just employ direct hotel workers; it goes right through the supply chain.
Farmers, building workers and many others have seen a drop in demand for their services and products, much of which would normally come from tourism.
“Many people have returned to their family villages, inadvertently creating even more pressure on the local economy. So now the poorest families have even more competition and less income.” Anastasia Restu Rahayu, Sponsorship Manager for Bali Children’s Project explained.
Asih, one of Bali Children’s Project sponsored girls told her story.
“My sister, who dropped out of school and worked in Denpasar as a housekeeper, came back home not long after the pandemic began because she lost her job. Now my sister and my parents are struggling to find labour work in our hometown,”
Kadi, one of Bali Children’s Project sponsored students had a similar story.
“We barely earn enough to buy rice. Oftentimes we eat plain sweet potatoes or cassava, because we can’t afford rice,”
Ngurah, a graduate from Bali Children’s Project’s program has also found life difficult.
“I managed to find work in tourism, earning well enough to buy a new bike, and even repaired our home since I graduated from school and the sponsorship two years ago. Now my workplace has been closed due to the pandemic, and I struggle a lot to find work as a laborer.”