List of completed Projects: until end of 2017

Our mission is to generate global good through local service in the greater Canggu community, focusing on education, kids and environment care; to build community; to lead by example; and to bond in mutual support. Many of these projects would not have been successful without the support and sponsorship from our sister clubs.

Service above self
September 2017 - NAZAVA Water Filters for Mt. Agung Refugee Shelters

Fresh water is vital for life. We were very pleased to raise fund for the supply of 24 Nazava Water Filtration units to be delivered to the Mt Agung evacuees in the village of Sangkan Gunung in Sidemen. Our thanks to Jeroen, owner of Nazava for coordinating the journey. These filter units would help the villagers to provide fresh water for a very long time. The Nazava Water Filter is a water purifier, designed in the Netherlands and the clean water it provides comes generally close to a PH 7 value, any kind of water can be filtered, except salt water. The shelters we visited were in the Sidemen area, under the administration of Posko Inti at Desa Sangkan Gunung, which was the registrar and coordinating the supplies to the numerous shelters in the Sidemen area. All the shelters were provided with large water tanks by the government, however the water has to be boiled first before it can be consumed. In contrast to the Nazava Water Filters that provided pristine clean water without the use of gas or electricity.
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September 2017 - Mt. Agung Disaster Relief

The increasing unrest in the Agung Volcano in Bali, Indonesia, since 10 August 2017 has led the authorities to raise the alert at the highest level (Stage 4). Evacuations have taken place in an area of up to 12 km around the volcano. As of 24 September, nearly 35,000 people have been evacuated from their homes near active Mt Agung Volcano in Bali and dispersed across 238 locations in seven districts in Bali.
Rotary Clubs in Bali have already gathered supplies to support evacuated people from the dangerous areas. On the morning of 23rd September P. Gil and some friends decided to visit the refugee camp to see the situation there. They visited “Pasar Seni Manggis” which was used to contain more than 1,000 refugees.

According to one of the volunteer coordinators there, the total number of the Manggis Village refugees was 3072 person, including a 13 days old baby among them. We were taken to another 3 refugee camps in the Manggis Village, and as you can see in the pictures (by using the link below), the condition of those places are far from decent. Most of them didn’t have enough time to bring their belongings to the camp, they were in a rush leaving their village once they heard the emergency siren.
Thank you for all the supports and donations we received, we were able to arrange essential items and supplies for the evacuees.
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July 2017 - Joint Project Organic Fermentation Waste Management

With the success of our first joint project with RC Bali Taman, our club was again invited to be a part of the second organic fermentation waste management project this time in Sukawati, Gianyar. There were 6 clubs in Bali that were involved, namely; RC Bali Denpasar, RC Bali Taman, RC Bali Seminyak, RC Bali Benoa, RC Bali Niti Mandala & RC Bali Canggu, forming Rotary Community Corps "Karang Taruna Putra Persada" in Sukawati. All the clubs jointly applied for District Graant, special appreciation to Rotary Club of Bali Denpasar for heading this project.

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2016 Helmet Man Project - free helmets for kids

Many people in Bali often save money on things that they don’t see the importance. That is the reason why many children don’t wear a helmet when they go along with their parents on the motorbike. In Bali, the motorcycle is the most important means of transportation. On average there are 5 traffic accidents every day, while parents often protect themselves from injury by using helmets the kids are usually neglected for cost reasons. And quite often it is not just one child the parents are transporting on the motorbike, up to 5 children people are carrying around on one single motorbike every day on the streets of Bali. Sadly every year many children died or were seriously injured in accidents while travelling on the motorbikes. This was due to this scary fact our PP Chris initiated this project with Project Protect.
The project delivered safety presentations to kindergartens and schools, we also gave away helmets to kids. We believe that through education, encouragement and enforcement, this project increased helmet usage and dramatically decreased the number of child fatalities due to head trauma. In an attempt to add value to the programme, tooth brushes were also distributed with each helmet to emphasise the message that simple habits lead to sustained health.
The programme relied 100% on businesses sponsoring helmets. Our club was also assisting roll-outs to other Rotary clubs in Bali and District 3420, with banners and the very well-liked “Helmet Man”, who educated the children. All helmets were made to Indonesian Safety Standards and 12,500 helmets were distributed.
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2015-2016 Water Tanks & Sanitation Project

In 2005, the Japan International Cooperation Agency published research stating that Bali will be in a major water crisis by 2025. Due to an explosion of development, water originally used for agriculture has been diverted to coastal resorts, resulting in the loss or 240 to 400 rivers. In addition, water tables are decreasing rapidly while sewage contamination is increasing. Because of the contaminated water, children living in the northern regions of Bali have higher than average disease rates. According to research done by Dr. Stroma Cole at the University of West England, “Rainwater catchment is the only technical solution” to Bali’s water crisis.
The project location is in Kubu Karangasem, which is on the far north east arid reaches of Bali, where it is difficult to access clean water for sanitary or health purposes. To provide clean, sustainable water to this remote and impoverished village for 15+ years at low cost. The project built clean water catching systems that are simply designed, easy to maintain and completely self sustaining. By constructing water tanks for each family we are able to catch enough rain to improve the health and quality of life of that family.
Together with the Wake Water Foundation, a non-profit organisation, we received matching fund from our sister club Rotary Club of Misbourne Matins in UK for 5 water tanks each. Also Rotary Club of Slough UK and Rotary Club of Frankston Sunrise Victoria AU have contributed, and so were many individual donations through our social site campaign. A total of 27 tanks have been built for these families in Kubu.
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2015-2016 Dharma Kusuma Waste to Compost Project

Commonly a Balinese family doesn’t collect their organic waste, they usually dump it in the back yard, for pigs or cows to feed on, this attracts houseflies, rats, cockroaches and many other insects. Some dispose off organic waste together with general rubbish, which in turn brought to land fill. Some simply burn all type of wastes. By estimation 85% of the waste is organic waste, 7% recyclable (plastic & glass) with the remaining 8% unusable or toxin. These practices are very unhealthy and affect the living condition. For the farmers they buy expensive fertilisers that contain chemical for their crops.
To educate the locals on how to handle organic food wastes using fermentation in anaerobic system (no oxygen) to turn into compost. To help form a community based corps called Rotary Community Corps (RCC) under Rotary guidance to process the compost on the community level and for commercial sales of the compost. The aim is to teach this selected pilot community how to process organic waste from home, and then to work with the Rotary Community Corps to complete the fermentation and produce a dry, non odour compost that can be self use or marketed and sold to farmers. The location of this project where RCC Dharma Kusuma is in Buleleng Regency.
This was a Joint Club Project with Rotary Club of Bali Taman, and with District Fund to cover the full programme for one year.

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May 2015 Interact Club (Bye Bye Plastic Bags)’s appeal for Nepal Earthquake Relief

One of the team members and supporters of Bye Bye Plastic Bags, Suman, a Nepalese student has cried out for help after the earthquake. With special support of Rotary Canggu, Canggu Club and through many amazing incredible wonderful private donations the Interactors have raised close to USD 10,000. To ensure that everything runs smoothly Eko Riyanto, Rtn. Nicola Hennigan and Roel Voorwald, three parents of the Bye Bye Plastic Bags team Bali decided to hand deliver goods and money themselves. (They even paid their airfares privately). They left for Kathmadu on 7th May, 2015. The priority was still with Suman and his village Palchok (48 destroyed houses) in the district of Sindhupalchok. We also received the request of the head of the district to help the other 586 families in that same district. They used a part of the donations to buy the urgent needed food supplies and distributed 30 kilos of rice each for nearly 600 families in the whole district. So, a total of 17’600 kilos of rice.
Trucks were organised (one ride costed USD 100 including driver and petrol) to start the 3.5 hours drive to the village of Suman. Distribution happened from there.
Special items like rain capes, tarpaulin, first aid kits, flashlights and water filters were brought to Palchok from Bali.
On 12th May, 2015, our club organised a Trivia Night with all proceeds went for Bye Bye Plastic Bags Project. It was such a tremdous show of support and we all have been very proud of our Interactors.  Click here for a video clip

November 2014 District 3420 RYLA Bali

We were delighted that our club was asked to organise the junior RYLA 2014 from 01-11.2014 to 02.11.2014. The theme of this RYLA 2014 Bali was "Ignite Your Light", this was planned for juniors aged from 12-18. RYLA2014 was held in Baliat Payangan Outbound Camp.
There were a total of 25 participants coming from all around Bali. Through this camp and having many games, talks by guest speakers and activities, all of the participants have made new friends, fully enjoyed all the activities, and have asked many questions, but most important all have fun. The memory of RYLA 2014 be a part of their experience in life, and also an opportunity for them to learn about leadership.
The event was organised with a great help from Paratualang Adventure.
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October 2014 RCBC first charity Golf Tournament

We organised the first Rotary Club of Bali Canggu Golf Tournament - the IMG Trophy at Pan Pacific Nirwana. It was held at Nirwana on Sunday 19th October, 2014. The primary objective being to raise much needed funds for our local social projects, and a total of Rp. 77,858,330 was raised. Many thanks to all the sponsors and individuals who had helped in this wonderful event.    Click here for photos    Click here for short video clip

August 2014 Fund raising for clubfoot girl Ziva

A beautiful 4 years old girl from Aceh, Ziva had clubfoot since birth. Her case was as hard as it got. She was treated locally as a baby but as it was common in Indonesia unsuccessfully. Due to her advanced age then and the severity of the condition the total cost of her treatment via the conservative and ‘gold standard’ Ponseti method of serial casting and then bracing would be around USD 14,000.
It was a long and costly treatment but 100% successful and this should give the child a chance to have a normal life. Our PP Patricia had taken over to drive a Film Night at the PETITENGET RESTAURANT on 28.08.2014, and she had successfully raised a total of Rp. 25,215,000
Dr. Peter Norton who operated on Ziva and Julie the executive director of Kaki Bali Foundation would later become our guest speakers to give us a talk on the subject of Clubfoot and Diabetic Foot Disease. And of course they updated on the progress Ziva had since made. Many thanks to all the members who contributed and donated money for Ziva.

Apirl 2014 Victim of Polio - Ni Nengah Widiasih

Nengah was born and raised in Karangasem, Bali. At the age of 4, she contracted polio and lost the use of her legs, spending the next few years confined to her bed. When she was in the sixth grade she began living at the dormitory run by the Disabled Children’s Counselling Foundation (Yayasan Pembinaan Anak Cacat). At the suggestion of her brother, fellow weightlifter I Gede Suantaka, Nengah took up weightlifting and began practising four to five times weekly. She has medaled at national level competitions in Surakarta and Bali, competing in the 40 kilogram class. Nengah competed at the 2011 ASEAN ParaGames, lifting a huge 87 kg to take home the gold medal. Nengah was one of three Indonesian athletes that competed at the 2012 Olympic/Paralympic games in London, and achieved a world ranking of 5. For the Paralympics she was funded by the Indonesian Ministry. In January 2014 she also competed at the ASEAN para games in Myanmar, again taking the gold medal.
It is Nengah’s lifelong dream to win a medal at the Paralympic Games in Brazil 2016. She has trained harder than ever this year and is now lifting 100 kg, whilst still competing in the 40 kg bodyweight class. In order for Nengah to qualify for Brazil 2016, she needed to compete in the World Championship Powerlifting competition in Dubai, April 2014, or she will lose all the points she has accrued by going to the London Paralympics, and it will be impossible for her to qualify for Brazil 2016. While the Indonesian Ministry was able to fund her participation in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, they would not fund her for the 2014 World Championships in Dubai, as it was classified as a private competition – even though she would be unable to compete in Brazil 2016 if she didn’t go. With Rotary International playing such a leading role in the global fight to eradicate polio, this was the perfect individual for Rotary Clubs of Bali to unite behind and help her get to Brazil 2016.

Apirl 2014 School Waste Management Project

To promote environmental education in schools around Canggu area, and to educate best practices for waste management to the students (3 Rs, Reduce; Reuse; Recycle), we seeked the help of ecoBali Recycling to make this possible. This was a matching grant project with the Rotary Club of Misbourne Matins UK.
The first school we started in March/April 2014 was SDN1 Canggu (National Elementary School 1 Canggu). There were 14 teachers with a total student number of 144. Before the programme the school did not have a proper rubbish collection system, they burned all types of rubbish including plastic. Most importantly this project implemented waste segregation at source as well as installed care for a cleaner environment in the school premises. We taught the students to understand a different way to handle and perceive waste, by using the new bins properly and separating rubbish according to categories. This also install the students to dispose waste in a responsible manner. The aim was no more burning of rubbish, and no litter in the school and surrounding areas.
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September 2013 Kerobokan Prison Permaculture Project

The Gift of Sustainable Nutrition via Permaculture, Nurturing sustainability with life skills via Permaculture.
We raised funds at an art auction of inmate artworks in September 2013 to help build a prison garden at the high security prison in Kerobokan, Bali. The artists included one of the ‘Bali 9’ inmates, Australian Myuran Sukumaran, who, with prison approval and support, planned to fund an organic garden and improve drainage and basic environmental conditions at the prison. Over IDR 65 million were raised. As a part of fundraising we also conducted Permaculture class for open public with all the proceeds went to this project.
Families from poor villages and other impoverished parts of Bali have long been drawn to urban areas like Denpasar, seeking a more fruitful life. However, lacking the necessary skills, they end up marginalised, begging on the streets and scavenging around the garbage dumps. They are generally malnourished, poorly educated and lacking in life skills. There are high incidences of physical and mental disability in some of these families as a result of pregnant women being malnourished.
This project would enable those overlooked, unfortunate people to learn very basic skills within the parameters of sustainable living in a hands-on format. The sustainable living skills would include farming, waste management, home and farm structural design, in addition to leadership and management abilities.

September 2013 Balawista Canggu Nippers Project

This project was all about developing water safety awareness and skills in Indonesian and local children in Canggu area. It specifically would focus on 4-14 years old children who participated in the programme, learning skills to keep them safe and educate them about the ocean. They were involved in activities in and around the water, including swimming, board paddling, environmental awareness, surf safety, beach activities and games. It helped develop confidence, self-awareness and build friendships. For every Sunday morning at 7AM we conducted the Nippers programme on the Batu Bolong beach in Canggu. Our Nippers programme for kids in the Canggu and surrounding areas started on Sunday 29.09.2013, and more children joined the programme as word spread. There were more than 100 kids registered. After a break of 2 months during the raining season, Nippers Canggu returned back on the beach in front of Batu Bolong 3 times a month. We conducted once a month pool session at the Segara Madu park. It was hoped with this initiative for the community there would be an increased number of children who could swim, increased beach safety awareness, environmental awareness and increase in the understanding of Balawisata and Lifeguarding in Bali. This in turn would provide locals with opportunities to gain their Bronze Certificate once they are 16 years of age thus providing them with employment opportunities in the future.
Our sister club in UK, Rotary Club of Misbourne Matins has jointly sponsored all the equipment and shirts for the kids. The programme continued through 2014 and until 2015.
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June 2013 School in Wanagiri Bali – Upgrading of WC and washing basins

The idea for this project was born after a visit by Rtn. Elvira to the school SDN3. Located in Wanagiri the school is home for many hours a day to 72 students and 7 teachers. Just like many other schools in Indonesia, this school is built in a remote area at the slopes of the Mountain Batu Karu in western Bali. What we found were very happy students studying in a school with poor conditions, especially the basic like clean bathrooms/toilets. We found out that the bathrooms were not hygienic as the septic tanks were not connected properly, and the sanitation was far below standard. There was no proper taps for washing hands and feet. Upon further study we planned to renovate all the toilets and to add a nice washing basin, and most importantly to introduce a hygiene programme to the students.
When we started the project we encountered an issue to stop working on one of the two buildings, as the Indonesian government regulations do not allow us to touch it structurally. Yet we were still able to: build a septic tank for one building, which we connected the toilets to it; renovated the floor in toilets; painted and upgraded the toilets; created and built a washing basin with three water taps for washing hands; made a feet washing area (as they all come barefooted to school, therefore always brings a lot of mud into the class rooms during rainy season); installed a water filter in order to have safe drinking water made available to the students.
During the progress of the project we were constantly surrounded by students willing to help; the parents too were helping and donating little items like tiles etc. Overall the community is very supportive and the residents are motivated to make a long term success out of this Sanitation project.
We could not have done this without the financial support of our sister club Rotary Club of Misbourne Matins, UK. Our special thanks to Judy Goldie from Rotary Club of Misbourne Matins, who was in Bali for holiday even spent a day up there one day helping and to meet this friendly community in Wanagiri. They all say TERIMA KASIH (Thank You)!
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February 2013 Reflexology Course – Canggu Community Centre Project

The first component of the Reflexology course, conducted by Rotarian Jocelyn, was held at Desa Seni Canggu, on Sunday afternoons during the month of February, 2013. Nine students attended this part of the course, (five from local banjars and four employees from Desa Seni). They all enthusiastically learned the basics of Foot and Hand Reflexology as well as Indian Head Massage.
The second component was again held at Desa Seni over another four week period during May/June. Four girls from a local banjar returned, participated, and completed the course successfully achieving basic skills in Foot Reflexology, Hand Reflexology, Facial Reflexology and Head and Shoulder Massage. Each girl received a Certificate of Achievement and folder filled with new instructions and colourful diagrams, including information for further study.
As this was a small group and the girls were intelligent and keen to extend their knowledge, we were able to cover much more ground than expected. These four girls were an absolute delight, heaps of fun and a joy to teach.

February 2013 Computer Course – Canggu Community Centre Project

The first of many services offered by Rotary Club Bali Canggu’s CCC programme has been successfully completed with 9 students from the Canggu area (3 different banjars).
Rotarian Haaris conducted the class every Sunday from 3PM at Villa Serenity in Canggu. The course consisted of 9 modules that catered as an introduction to hardware, software applications & Internet.
The students were teenages who were interested to learn more about computer operation as well as software applications. Lesson notes, software codes in DVDs as well as diagrams were given to each student, and a small test was conducted at the end of each module. Common desktop applicatons, e.g. MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Photoshop, were very useful as the students could make use of them for their school works.
Sincere thanks to Rtn. Daniel of Villa Serenity for offering the lovely and quiet place for us to do the classes.

2011-2014 RCBC also supported these programmes
  •   YPAC Bali (Institute for Physically & Mentally Handicapped Children)
  •   The Bali Children’s Project - education sponsorship
  •   Bali Spirit Festival - Ayo Kita Bicara HIV/AIDS
  •   Yayasan Kerti Praja HIV Programme
  •   Sarcred Childhoods Foundation
  •   Solemen Indonesia
  •   Bali Pink Ribbon
  •   DG Mobile Library
  •   River to River beach cleaning programme
  •   Bumi Sehat New Clinic (Robin Lim) - funding from Rotary Club of Booragoon Australia
  •   2014 Philippines typhoon Haiyan relief effort
  •   ADOPT-A Co Op – Bali Bomb Widows
  •   CSC Beach Clean Up
  •   Contribution to Rotary’s Global Polio+ Challenge
November 2012 GOTONG ROYONG Programme

Nurturing Learning and Development Community links
Rtn. Edwin Owen, together with students of Canggu Community School (CCS) has developed a “book buddies” initiative with local Canggu school SD3. Children in year 4 from the schools were teamed up with a “reading buddy” so the children could teach each other English and Bahasa Indonesia respectively. Thus we hoped to expand this programme across other year groups to further strengthen and enhance community development.

September 2012 Sumba Eye Health Project

We have been approached by the Rotary Club of Glenferrie in Melbourne Australia to partner with them in maintaining their success in serving the people of one of the more needy areas of Indonesia, the Island of Sumba. This project has been operating successfully for some time, but has lost its previous in-country partner club. We have discussed the opportunity of co-operation in this project at length with members of Glenferrie Rotary Club and with Dr. Claus Bogh, a member of our club who is familiar with this project and its history and success.
In September 2012 we agreed to act as the in-country sponsor club for Rotary Club of Glenferrie’s Eye Health project in Sumba. They have Rotarian volunteer eye doctors and eyesight practitioners who regularly visit Sumba, providing eye exams, glasses, and needed eye surgeries. The numbers of people to whom they have already given the gift of sight is impressive. Our club is delighted to be involved with this tried and tested project, as it will give us and all our members experience in giving service together in partnership with Rotary clubs from overseas. Our member who has accepted responsibility for handling and overseeing our role is Dr. Claus Bogh, who has extensive experience in public health in Sumba and spends a large portion of his time on duty there, addressing a number of critical public health and social wellbeing issues in conjunction with various in-country and international participants and supporters.
In November 2012 this on-going eye health project in Sumba, a grant was facilitated with the purchase of an expensive piece of eye testing equipment, which will be pivotal in improving and maintaining the health of residents on the very poor island of Sumba.

November 2011 Canggu Elementary School No. 3 (SD3)

The public elementary schools in Bali do not have equitable access to resources. Some schools, even in relatively prosperous areas, lack the political and social contacts to lobby effectively for the resources they desperately need. The Canggu Elementary School No. 3 is one of those schools. With 242 bright, shining, hopeful kids eager to learn, the facilities they have are inadequate to fulfil the hopes and dreams of those children and their families. They have only five usable classrooms for six grades, requiring limits on class times, and a difficult rotation system. They have only two toilets for the students, and the toilet facilities are very, very basic. They also lack washbasins, soap and hand washing coaching. Common diseases frequently sweep through the student body as a result, affecting the learning schedule and fulfilment of normal curriculum. The school has other needs in addition to these.
Our club members have spent significant time in consultation with community leaders and school leadership, and have made several visits to the school. We have identified several critical needs and intend to address them one by one. The first need we have addressed immediately was provision of hygienic toilet facilities adequate for the students. Fundraising took place in September and October 2011. Construction of toilets was scheduled to take place in October to November 2011.
The second critical need for this school was washbasins and correct hand washing training and information. This aspect of our service project was done concurrent with toilet installation. The school also lacked waste management and waste separation skills, which we hope with future club projects should help them. We intended to work with organisations we know and trust, to provide appropriate training and supervision until proper waste management is achieved. Thereafter, we would continue to progress our efforts to find solutions to the school’s shortage of classrooms, and lack of serviceable tables, benches, and cupboards to meet the needs of the students and teachers.
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September 2011 Books for Schools in Canggu Area

We have been building bridges between RCBC members and the schools in the local community. The relationship continues to grow and evolve.
Provision of quality reading material that is suitable to schools and exciting for children has been an area of focus. We have collected appropriate, high quality books from member donations and other sources, and have worked in close cooperation with towns and heads of school to deliver the books, and build relationships with the kid and grownup communities that are involved in the schools.
Desa Cemagi, in the Mengwi district has been the focus so far, and our efforts will continue, expand and grow, throughout the community. The relationships and understanding we have gained during this simple initiative is of great value to us, and to the communities we serve.

September 2011 “River to River” Beach Project

River-to-River stretches 2 kilometres south from Berawa to Batubelig Karma. Beach trash is a big thorn in the side of Bali. During the past three months since June 2011 we have successfully carried out a pilot project with full-time beach cleaning personnel to collect the trash on the beach from Canggu (Tugu) to Pererenan, and that was just the beginning.
The project was intended to provide learning in action for all involved, including the community. It was a collaborative effort by our club, Canggu Surf Community (CSC) and EcoBali (waste management and recycling enterprise).
At the close of the pilot phase we were collating information and would publicise a cost per running meter of beach per year for sustainable, ecological beach trash management. This information would then be used to recruit sponsors to fund ongoing beach trash management, indefinitely (or until there is no more trash ever on the beaches). Our club would be coordinating this, and helping local communities to reproduce our tested recipe for keeping local beaches clean.
We know picking up trash on the beach is mostly “symptomatic relief” and we do have comprehensive understanding and ongoing initiatives to address the sources of the trash and achieve remediation of lasting value.
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July 2011 at RCBC: Literature, Literacy, Reading and Writing

July is always a busy, bright month in Bali, so in the name of balance, we made it a bookish one at RCBC.
In July we finished up our book drive for the three grade schools of Cemagi village, delivered the books, and read with the kids. Club Treasurer Tricia Kim initiated this simple, but effective project, inviting members to bring good books for kids to every weekly meeting. Rtn Sayu Putri got the lowdown from the schools on what kind of reading materials were most welcome by the kids, and Tricia sorted out the book boxes for the classrooms and encouraged members to remember to bring books to meetings.
During the month of July 2011 we have also got a great lineup of guest speakers at our meetings, and all of them were of a bookish bent. The first Tuesday, we’ve got Rio Helmi, the renowned photographer, blogger, and keen observer of life in Bali. His most recent book, Memories of the Sacred is a loving, yet wistful look back at three decades attending and photographing ceremonies, performances and fleeting moments in Bali.
On the second Tuesday of July, Rtn Janet DeNeefe, founder of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival spoke to us, literally, about what’s in store for the 2011 festival. The theme for 2011 was Nandurin Karang Awak in Balinese. In English it becomes “Cultivate the Land Within” a theme that resonates remarkably well with the theme for Rotary Year 2011-2012: Reach Within to Embrace Humanity.
For the third week of July we have Bali-based author Diana Darling as our guest presenter. Her first book, The Painted Alphabet was published regionally here, then picked up by Tuttle, gaining global readership, and meriting a laudatory review in The New York Times Review of Books. Diana wrote the evocative text for photographer Rio Helmi’s last book, Memories of the Sacred.
On the fourth and final Tuesday of July, we welcomed Dipika Rai, an author also based in Bali, who is Indian by birth and a long-time resident of Sanur. She has just had her first novel, Someone Else’s Garden published by Harper Collins, and it’s garnering very favourable early reviews. Dipika did a brief reading and shared with us the experience of going from inspiration to publication. Bringing forth a first novel and gaining the attention of a major publisher is the kind of struggle normally only attempted by the young and reckless. Dipika however, has already raised a family and experienced a lot of life.
Back to the theme of literacy and reading, RCBC members and guests continued to bring books for grade school children to every meeting in July. With that many inspiring “library boxes” were made to all of the grade schools in Cemagi. Books in Indonesian, or bilingual ones were most ideal, but books in any language were also of value for young, open minded. The schools have expressed a particular need for books on subjects related to mathematics and all kinds of science subjects. We also purchased good grade school level books in Indonesian at Gramedia bookstores all around Bali.