World of Good
GIVE THE GIFT OF SIGHT @ THE JOHN FAWCETT FOUNDATION
Statistics show that over 3 million Indonesians are cataract blind, a reversible condition with a 15-minute operation. The John Fawcett Foundation has assisted tens of thousands of economically disadvantaged Indonesians with free operations, as well as free eyeglasses, eye medicines, and prosthetic eyes. In addition, they provide corrective surgery for children born with cleft lips and education assistance for families who cannot afford schooling. The success of the foundation relies on the generous support from donors and fundraisers. Contributions as little as AUS $60 can help cover the cost of high-quality surgery and assistance.
IMPROVING LIFE THROUGH EDUCATION @ BALI CHILDREN’S PROJECT
For almost 20 years, The Bali Children’s Project (BCP) has been quietly reaching out to young people and their families in rural Bali, especially those communities beyond the economic benefits of tourism. They provide opportunities for education to children in the hopes that young people can realise their potential and enrich the villages they live in and the world at large. Some of their programmes include building schools in remote villages, supporting Balinese music and dance, teaching English and computer skills to disadvantaged youth, and administering micro-investment schemes for impoverished families.
RIDING GREEN @ BALI ECO
Bali Budaya Tours (Bali Eco) was established in 1999 with the intention of conducting tours that offer visitors a unique and rewarding experience that is hands on, environmentally friendly and culturally sensitive. Through cycling and hiking trips, village visits and rainforest treks, the company aims to show guests the ‘real Bali’, and encourages people to get involved in and respect this amazing culture and religion, and learn first hand the extraordinary relationship the Balinese have with their environment. In addition, the Bali Eco staff members are paid competitive rates, partake in profit sharing and are given generous financial help when they marry, have children or are overburdened due to religious duties or family sickness. Moreover, Bali Eco also contributes willingly to the communities and villages where they conduct their tours.
WEAVING TO SUPPORT CULTURAL DIVERSITY @ THREADS OF LIFE
Threads of Life is a fair trade business that works with culture and conservation to alleviate poverty in rural Indonesia. They work directly with over 1,000 women on 11 islands across Indonesia to help weavers form independent cooperatives. They encourage the weavers to recover the skills of their ancestors, manage their resources sustainably, and to express their cultural identity, all while building financial security. The result is heirloom-quality textiles and baskets made with local materials and natural dyes to an exquisite standard usually seen only in museums. You can see examples of materials and methods in the Threads of Life shop and information centre in Ubud, and you can also pick up gorgeous scarves, pillowcases, sarongs and wall hangings to take home.