During the Covid-19 period, Bali Dyslexia Foundation started collecting donations for disadvantaged families living in the remote rural areas of North Bali.
Whilst the BDF team has been out in the front line distributing food, we've encountered families living in what can only be described as 'dire' conditions. Severely overcrowded living conditions which are lacking in basic comforts and hygienic facilities.
One remote household, in particular, had us deeply concerned, the house consisted of 12 people (two families) sharing two small rooms with 2 old and worn mattresses, no bed covers, sheets, or blankets. We were informed some of the family members sleep outside on a broken bamboo bed, this having no mattress.
Having no room to place a baby crib inside, there's a 'makeshift' hammock made of tarpaulin for a 4-month-old baby. This is suspended from the outside roof with a rope.
The 'kitchen' consisting of a few bricks to balance a pan to cook food. There's is no fresh water to cook or wash, a river to collect water is 40 minutes walk away.
The 'bathroom' is a hole in the ground with a few broken tiles, there is no running water, drainage or plumbing, resulting in it being a health hazard. Currently, the family uses the toilet next door for anything other than to urinate.
There are so many items this household needs from the bare basics up, that we couldn't just leave a few food packages and forget about them.
It was devastating for the BDF team to observe how other humans are living in cramped, inhabitable conditions, so much so, we decided to try to help them in any way possible. We are hoping, if you are able, to stand with BDF and fight against poverty and help this family to live in comfortable conditions, that most people take for granted. Any size of donation will help, small donations result in big changes, whatever you can spare would make a huge impact on the lives of this family.
We initially aim to raise $2500 USD, this being used for building materials and to employ local tradesmen (builders, plumbers, and carpenters), to carry out the essential work. We would love for it to be an ongoing fundraiser, so that we can continue to help people we have come across during the food distributions, in a similar situation.
Please help us make this happen by donating today.
Thank you, in advance.