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The East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP) was established in July 1998 following a plea for help from residents of the impoverished Desa Ban Village. In this isolated 7,200Ha mountain village, made up of of 19 remote hamlets scattered over the steep, arid eastern slopes of Mounts Agung and Abang, EBPP Founder and CEO, David J Booth MBE, found thousands of people living in abject poverty without water, sanitation, roads, schools, health facilities or electricity.
Children were the main victims. Up to 100% of the village’s youngsters were illiterate, 85% had iodine deficiency disorders and the majority were malnourished and suffered from acute impetigo, an infectious bacterial skin disease. In November 1998 over 1,000 families prioritised children’s education as their greatest area of need; the result was an inspiring and productive collaboration with seven of Desa Ban’s most remote communities. The East Bali Poverty Project has since grown to take in the entire village population and children’s education remains at its heart
After launching its first integrated education programme in 1999, for 35 six to sixteen year olds in the remote Bunga hamlet, EBPP received private funding to open a further five schools during 2000 to 2007, which now provide education at all levels from primary to senior high school. Since 1999 more than 1,500 children have been educated in the Project’s schools.
EBPP addresses all aspects of human need, with a key focus on maternal child health, infant nutrition, clean/safe water, hygiene and sanitation and environmental rehabilitation, in order to empower the communities involved towards sustainable social and economic development. Its wide ranging sustainable projects include infrastructure improvements; the provision of safe water supplies; plastic waste management and recycling initiatives; women’s cattle breeding cooperatives and the farming of sustainable organic vegetables and herbs, bamboo for reforestation, and vetiver grass to stop erosion and conserve soil and water.
In keeping with EBPP’s philosophy of “helping people to help themselves”, all its programmes are designed as models, fully documented, and carried out by local people, who transfer knowledge and experience of appropriate technology within their communitiesso they can be replicated in rural villages worldwide.
In 2014, the EXO Foundation contacted the EBPP to ask how we could help. The Project asked us to fund only five toilets for five families. We donated US$1,300 to this hard working organisation believing it would mark the start of a long term cooperation. Indeed in November 2014 they got back to us, as the expected funding from another source did not materialize. The Foundation thus donated $6,500 to build another 44 toilets including this time as well washing station for laundry and personal hygiene.
All donations to EBPP projects directly help thousands of people move out of poverty towards sustainable social and economic development. The Project has minimal overheads as all its staff are from the villages it supports.
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