Front-line environmental conservation and community-development NGO Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF) has released a limited-edition range of semi-precious bejewelled charm gift bracelets in collaboration with a local designer to raise awareness and funding for conservation projects. The FNPF gem bracelets with a marine turtle charm are the first in the coming collection of FNPF conservation fashion gifts available at the FNPF Ubud office on Jalan Bisma.
TEARS IN PARADISE @ BENTARA BUDAYA BALI
In celebration of Indonesian Independence Day, Bentara Budaya Bali will host an international photo exhibition in collaboration with the Suriyani Institute for Mental Health to raise awareness about mental illness in Bali. The exhibition will feature works by 13 photographers who set out to visually document the tyranny and misery that often accompanies the plight of the mentally challenged in Bali. The event will open on August 19 at 6pm and will run until August 24 with workshops, group meditation sessions and photography discussions.
BAG 4 A BAG @ NAGICIA
Nagicia has recently released a line of beautiful handmade bags made using special Balinese lace for ladies ceremonial tops that also contribute to a good cause. Purchase one of these utilitarian all-purpose pouches, and you join Nagicia in supporting Bye Bye Plastic Bags, a youth initiative committed to preserving the beauty of Bali by banning the use of plastic bags by January 2015.
SMILES ALL AROUND @ YAYASAN SENYUM BALI
Senyum means smile in Bahasa Indonesia, so Yayasan Senyum Bali translates to The Smile Foundation of Bali. This non-profit organisation works to bring healthcare to people with craniofacial disabilities including cleft lip and palate and a wide variety of conditions such as tumours and facial accident trauma. Yayasan Senyum Bali helps poor people from Bali, Lombok and further east, and raises funds for operations whether in Bali or Australia at the Australian Craniofacial Unit
SAVING SEA TURTLES @ BALI SEA TURTLE SOCIETY
Bali Sea Turtle Society (BSTS) is non-profit and non-governmental organization founded by Balinese people in 2011 with the aim to protect sea turtles and their habitat, and to raise public awareness regarding sea turtle protection. BSTS works to involve and train local communities to protect sea turtles through Community Based Conservation programmes with activities like sea turtle nest protection, education and public awareness campaigns.