Author: The Lembongan Traveller

Fly away 2020, bring on 2021

Fly away 2020, bring on 2021

 

To our TLT family of clients and colleagues

We wish you all a  very HAPPY CHRISTMAS and safe NEW YEAR.  We are hopeful 2021 will see travel resume, and look forward to welcoming visitors back to Lembongan.  TLT and the Lembongan locals will be ready with open arms and hearts.

2020 was a year full of challenges and at times we all questioned how we will get through it with lockdowns, no tourism, health concerns and financial stresses.  We would like to look back on 2020 and take out the silver linings from the year that was….

 

The gift of giving

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Seaweed farming returns

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Community Market flourishes

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If you can give ONE thing in 2021, please remember to SHOP LOCAL when travel resumes.  The Lembongan Traveller is an Australian owned business, based on Lembongan,  employing over 40 locals. Your previous and future support is greatly appreciated,  giving us the opportunity to give back and re-invest in this beautiful community we call home.

Take care, stay well and we hope to see you island side in 2021.

 

Mal, Tania & TLT Team

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Lembongan Community Market blossoms during COVID challenges

2020 will certainly go down in history as a year we will never forget.  However amongst the fog of challenges and times of crisis it has delivered, there are also the moments of hope and immense admiration for sense of community we have seen.  The Lembongan locals have been incredible in how they have shown resilience, ability to re-invent their skill sets and unite as a community.   Thanks to the vision of expat and The Coconut Hut owner, Sophie Eves, the Lembongan Community Market was created and has proven to be the perfect platform for so many to showcase their fresh produce, locally made products and unique services.

We recently chatted with Sophie to find out more about how the concept came to fruition.

 

TLT: As the founder of LCM, what was your motivation to set up the market?

Sophie: One of the primary considerations in establishing the market was to provide an income for the locals who had lost their jobs due to the virtual shutdown of the island. In addition, we are dependent upon fresh fruit and vegetable supplies coming in from Bali and Penida and with restricted travel in place the supplies became very limited. Although we do have some small grocery stores on the island that have fresh produce, if you don’t speak the language it can be a little challenging and I knew there were quite a few tourists that had chosen to sit out the pandemic here. A few resourceful locals had begun a shopping service where their family members in Bali would purchase your requests and put them on the boats to send over, but again if you were a tourist here it was difficult to know who to contact and what products were available.

After being in lockdown for 6 weeks and feeling so isolated from our community, I also felt the need to create something social that also had purpose. In Australia I used to love perusing markets with a latte in hand, and bumping into old friends and new and realised it’s exactly what I could recreate here on the island. I approached my friend Aura from Island Fresh, who supplies produce to my restaurant, and asked if she would be interested in setting up a stall for a market and explained my vision. From there we teamed up and approached other businesses, and friends, and people that were unemployed and asked what they could produce to sell – and our first market was born on 26th July 2020.

 

TLT: COVID has put a hold on tourism in Lembongan which accounts for 90% of the island’s economy and people’s income.  How have you seen the local community take up this challenge and first hand seen their ability to adapt to adversity? 

Sophie: The local people are incredibly resourceful, and so when the pandemic hit I wasn’t surprised to see so many turn their hands to many different projects. It was very humbling to see previously well-paid, well employed people, now baking cakes and biscuits, making headbands, scrunchies, handbags – finding ways to keep themselves occupied and earn a little income. Empty blocks of land have been transformed into vegetable gardens, and seaweed farming is back on the island which is incredibly hard work for a small return. The locals have seemed to adapt well to our current situation and smile everyday, grateful to be here on our paradise island.

 

TLT: The markets have a huge range of stall holders, what can visitors expect to experience when they attend? 

Sophie: We have fantastic fresh organic fruit & vegetables, as well as herbs such as fresh rosemary, thyme, and oregano to name a few. We also have homewares, natural bamboo products, coconut bowls & kitchenware, fresh cold press juices, traditional jamu and even bonsai coconut palms. You can have your oracle cards read, purchase doggy treats, and of course you can buy beautiful batik print face masks! All items sold at the market are either local fresh produce, handmade items, or locally sourced products, keeping the money on the island.

 

TLT: We have been attending the markets and showcasing them on our stories to our Instagram and facebook followers with such positive responses, so many people are asking if the markets are here to stay once tourism returns?

Sophie: The markets are definitely here to stay. It has been the most amazingly positive experience to come out of such a challenging time, for all involved. Locals and expats working alongside each other and supporting one another, is something I love seeing the most. I have made some wonderful new friendships out of the market, and I have been so proud to see the ingenuity of the local people asking the customers what they would like to shop for and if they don’t have it, they find it for the next market. It’s mostly women who have the stalls, and it is a great excuse for us all to catch up over coffee and chat about new products or recipes, or just how our week has been.

 

TLT: Congratulations on creating an opportunity for the Lembongan community to unite and showcase their products, do you see this as a model that can grow to become a tourist attraction in its own right in the future, effectively giving many people a second income stream aside from their mainstream tourism based work? 

Sophie: Absolutely. The market has already expanded, and will continue to do so with more and more people coming up with creative ideas on what to sell. It has created a lifeline for many who lost their jobs as a result of COVID, and when tourism comes back I believe it will remain because it has become such a positive, social, community event. It truly has become something special that we all look forward to, every fortnight.

Here are some faces you may know that are stall holders at Lembongan Community Market

 

 

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10 Reasons to Visit Lembongan

10 Reasons to Visit Lembongan

Hello Bali friends, we understand COVID has dealt some serious blows to everyone and especially the economic impact that no international visitors has had on businesses and the Balinese people.  Air travel has been hugely restricted this year, making us all explore our backyards and discover we have so much we haven’t seen that is so close to home.

Nusa Lembongan is open to Bali residents and for those who have never been, is a hidden gem waiting for you, or to be re-visited for those who have already ventured island side to enjoy Nusa Lembongan’s laid back village vibe and crystal clear waters.

NOW is the time to take advantage of no crowds and here are 10 (VERY GOOD) reasons why you should visit Nusa Lembongan.

1. Amazing accommodation – ON SALE

We have deals and discounts you will not see again once travel resumes.  Get in QUICK, whilst rates are super low. Not all accommodation are open, however we have plenty that are, including VillasResorts and Bungalows to suit couples, families or larger groups. 

Have you made plans for Christmas / New Year this year?  Lembongan is the perfect place to treat yourself to a Christmas staycay – contact our reservations team with your nightly budget, dates, number of people and they will come back to you with options.

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2. No COVID test

No COVID test is required to travel to Nusa Lembongan.  Standard COVID protocols apply when travelling to Lembongan and we ask you respect these for the safety of YOU & the Lembongan locals.  READ MORE

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3. Great places to Eat

Lembongan has some fantastic restaurants and warungs ready to serve you island goodness to fuel your soul.  See our EAT GUIDE page for updates on where is open.  Some standout favourites include: Sandy Bay Beach Club, Hai Bar & Grill, Lemongrass, Ginger & Jamu, The Coconut Hut, Bali Eco Deli.

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4. Surf with no crowds

Lembongan’s renowned surf breaks ( Playgrounds, Lacerations, Shipwrecks and Mahana Point), are open of business.  Delivering clean waves, with no crowds and crystal clear waters.  Or perhaps it’s time to Learn to Surf with one of the surf schools, a few lessons might be the perfect gift for you or the family for Christmas.  We highly recommend Lembongan Surf Lessons & Nusa Islands Surf School.

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5. Family Fun on the weekend

It’s FUN SUNDAY everyday Sunday at The Coconut Hut with Mini Golf, Sunday Roasts, Ploughman Platters and cocktails! PLUS every second Sunday The Coconut Hut hosts the Lembongan Community Market, where you will find a diverse range of fresh produce, local products & services being showcased.  Some of our favourites include: home made Mie goreng sauces, locally made Jamu and power pamper sessions.

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6. Pamper time

Staycays are the best with a little pampering on the side!  Tonic Body and Soul is open everyday ( except Wednesdays) and Glo Day Spa in Sandy Bay is open by appointment.

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7. Island Hop to Nusa Ceningan

Grab a scooter and cross the famous Yellow Bridge ( always easier with less traffic) to explore beautiful Nusa Ceningan.  We suggest a pit stop at Seabreeze where you can enjoy a meal, have cocktails in the pool, laze in the hammocks or get the perfect “swing in the water shot” for Instagram to send to your friends!

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8. Explore beautiful beaches

One of the silver linings of COVID is Lembongan’s pristine beaches are crowd free and ready for you!  Imagine having Dream Beach without day trippers and being able to soak up the sun & get salty without crowds.  Read our blog about Lembongan’s best beaches for more information.

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9. Things to do

So many island adventures await, and best of all you will have the rare opportunity to explore and discover at your own pace and more than likely with very few others, making your island escape even more special.  The options are endless; swim with the manta rays, take a day trip to Nusa Penida, hire a buggy to explore the island or get your zen on with a yoga class.

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10. Only 30 minutes from Bali

Boats leave from Sanur everyday, with schedules subject to change, it is best you contact us and we will arrange your return boat transfers for youContact us HERE.

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Seaweed Farming returns to Lembongan

Seaweed Farming returns to Lembongan

COVID-19 has brought about many changes to our world as we knew it.  No truer for the local people of Nusa Lembongan & Ceningan.  As most of the population’s income was previously directly or indirectly derived from tourism, COVID-19 has caused some serious challenges.

In the typical spirit of the locals, whose Hindu faith always guides their journey, they looked within their own shores for opportunities to generate an income.  A businessman from Surabaya introduced seaweed farming to Lembongan in 1984, with the first cultivations taking place in Jungut Batu Bay. It was not so long ago (for many only 10 years), that seaweed farming was a major incomer earner for many people.  You too may remember the patch work of plots that created the ocean landscape in Jungut Batu, the Mangrove and in the channel between Lembongan & Ceningan.  For people who have been visiting the islands prior to 2010 seaweed farms, the harvesting process and drying in preparation for sale are iconic island memories.

As a result, seaweed farming in Lembongan has now re-emerged and the older generation have been key to helping re-establish it as a sustainable industry, educating and passing on their knowledge to younger family members who have only known tourism as an income stream.

The locals are realistic in their optimism for the return of tourism,  understanding it will not recover quickly.  As tourism has as good as disappeared for the last 6 months the demand for seaweed seedlings  and dried product is on a steady increase.

However not everyone is a seaweed farmer or knows how to cultivate seaweed.  The Lembongan Traveller’s Digital Marketing Manager spent a few days with some of the local seaweed farmers to gain an insight to the industry and techniques used so we could share the process with you.

Type of Seaweed

There are many types of seaweed that can be grown in Nusa Lembongan, one of which is green Katoni (eucheuma cottoni) seaweed which is commonly grown in the area around the Mangrove, other varieties are grown in Nusa Ceningan.

Katoni seaweed

Setting up a Seaweed Farm

The farmers initially buy seaweed seeds from Nusa Penida a 5 meter lengths of rope.  They then plant it on their ocean “land” to create a “box” which range in size, but are usually around 5 x 50 metres.  Each seaweed farm “box” is made up of rows of wooden supports and ropes. The seaweed seedlings are attached to these rows. The “box” contains approximately 100 bundles of seaweed.  It is very important that the ocean space chosen is accessible during high and low tide, this change of tide and water flow is also very important to the growth and productivity of the crop. Each “box” is marked with flags attached to wooden stakes.  Farmers attend their box daily at low tide between harvest times to check on any damage that may have been caused during high tide.

Harvesting

Seaweed can be harvested 30 days after planting and is usually harvested every full moon or new moon. Two crops are planted within a month so farmers will harvest every 15 days. Depending on the size of the each famer’s box, it can take up to 10 days for the harvesting process as this is generally done in the mornings on low tides. However, when low tides fall in the middle of the night farmers will spend midnight hours with head torches attending, it is a laborious and not for the faint hearted, as farmers are constantly exposed to the elements and weather.  In the mornings they cut the seaweed to take it  ashore and in the afternoon low tide they create new seedling rows for the next harvest.  Traditional Jukung boats are used by farmers to access their plots and transport the seaweed.

The farmers using traditional boat to bring the seaweeds seed to the “box” in the middle of ocean.

 

 

At the time of harvesting, the seaweed will have grown to 3 times the size of when it was first attached to the ropes.  During each harvest all of the seaweed from the rope supports are removed to be sorted, smaller & damages pieces are set aside for drying and more established growths are re-attached together in bundles of 2-3 pieces along the supports for the next months harvest.

Drying

These smaller and damaged pieces are laid out in the sun to be dried, which takes 3 days

Ready for sale

After drying, farmers will gather the seaweed to sell to a “seaweed collector”.  The “seaweed collectors” live on Lembongan and then transport it to Nusa Penida where it is on sold to export traders to make its way to be used in cosmetics.  Usually farmers can produce 400kg of dry seaweed, per month which currently sells for IDR 12,000 / kg.  There is also the opportunity for them to sell seedlings to new seaweed farmers, the price of 100 seedlings is around IDR 5 million.

Seaweed farming into the future

We are excited to see so many locals re-entering the seaweed farming industry and hope it will continue well into the future to operate in unison with tourism when travel resumes.  The Lembongan Traveller is here to support the Lembongan & Ceningan seaweed farming industry and its prosperity.  This unique way of farming requires no pesticides or fertilizers. Seaweed cultivation also provides environmental benefits including:

  • Absorbing carbon dioxide ( green house gas) – one hectare of sea can be used to produce annually 40 tonnes of dry seaweed which will absorb 20+ tonnes of green house gas during cultivation
  • Wastes can be used as fertilizers for land based agriculture
  • Seaweed can only be grown in a healthy environment, so seaweed farmers will actively participate in maintaining beach and foreshore cleanliness

We are keen to support the community with looking into more opportunities for seaweed farmers and collectors, such as potentially providing seaweed for products being developed by Evoware – edible cups and packaging made from seaweed….we have contacted them to see if Lembongan’s seaweed is combatable.

COVID-19 & Seaweed Farming unite

Katoni seaweed is a source of carrageenan, a gelling agent in both foods and cosmetics. This brings a twist that could see COVID-19 and Lembongan seaweed farmers unite as it can be used in the production of hand santizer.  See link below to an article that includes a method of making santizer using seaweed:

https://sustainableresponsibleliving.com/2020/02/29/how-to-make-your-own-hand-sanitizer/

photo credit @balichildrenfoundation and @oteseptiawan

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Food for Lembongan Families Stage 2

Food for Lembongan Families

Thanks to your donations we have completed Stage 2 with delivery of fresh vegetables, tempeh & tofu (made locally in Lembongan) to 200 elderly and families with young children.

These packages have been gratefully received and your generosity has reached so many in the Lembongan community with 800 families receiving packages from stage 1 & 2 distributions.

 

A massive thanks must go to The Lembongan TravellerTenang Villas, Beach Tonic & Villa Lagarto staff for their incredible dedication & effort in co-ordinating all aspects of distribution for the fundraiser – we are family .

 

We are privileged to have partnered with Bali Children Foundation & Island Protect who have provided guidance & support throughout the fundraising campaign.

 

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COVID-19 SAFE PRACTICE PROTOCOLS

COVID-19 SAFE PRACTICE PROTOCOLS

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented situation for everyone.

As a guest it is understandable you may have concerns about what practices we have in place and how we can continue to keep us all safe during these extraordinary times.

There are a number of practical steps we can all take to help manage the risk of exposure to COVID-19 during your stay.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indonesian government has established the below protocols to adhere to.

Should you feel unwell or require medical assistance during your stay on Lembongan please contact East Medical Centre, located in Mushroom Bay, Open 24 hours – Whats App +62 813 3955 5515.

NEW NORMAL – COVID 19 PROTOCOLS

 

Boat Boarding in Bali:
  • Please wear a mask and respect social distancing when possible.
Arrival to Lembongan:
  • Staff will be wearing masks and will greet you with joined hand symbol ( hands in prayer) opposed to shaking hands.
  • Staff will sanitise their hands prior to handling luggage.
Arrival at your Accommodation:
  • Temperature test will be conducted, if your temperature exceeds 37.3 degrees you will not be able to check in and requested to seek medical assistance.
  • Guest to wash / sanitise hands at the entrance to the property.
During your stay:
  • Sanitise hands whenever leaving and arriving back to property.
  • Staff will practice physical distancing within the property and wear masks when interacting with guests.
  • If you are feeling unwell with fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath, please advise staff immediately. They will assist you to East Medical Centre ( Whats App +62 813 3955 5515)
  • The property will be disinfected daily. Please put away personal belongings during housekeeping times.
  • If you plan to have visitors to the property, please advise the staff and be aware they will be required to adhere to all check in hygiene protocols.
  • While outside the property, in public areas around the island, please ensure masks are worn. If you do not have one please advise the staff and they will assist in providing one for you.
Departure from your Accommodation:
  • Please wear a mask on the boat back to Bali.
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Pay NOW & Stay until June 2022

Pay NOW & Stay until June 2022*

COVID-19 has turned our world upside down, including putting a hold on your 2020 holiday & travel plans.   The Lembongan Traveller has created a campaign so you can turn your holiday dreams into a reality, PAY now and receive a voucher which can be used until 20th June 2022* on Nusa Lembongan. Enjoy 30% discount off these amazing private villas, bring the family, a few friends or travel with your favourite island buddy.

GET THE DEALSave 30% off, min 3 night stay

DON’T MISS OUTOnly 20 nights are available for each villa

Step 1 – choose the villa of your dreams

Step 2 – email us requesting the villa and number of nights

Step 3 – book and pay in full prior to 31 July 2020, to receive your voucher valid until 20th June 2022*

Step 4 – book your flights and contact us to secure your dates + receive 20% off your boat transfers.

Step 5ENJOY your dream holiday on Nusa Lembongan.

TERMS & CONDITIONS 

*Exclusions dates: 20 Dec 2020 – 10 Jan 2021, July & August 2021, 20 Dec 2021 – 10 Jan 2022 

BEACH TONIC SAVE 30% –  NOW AU$490 / night

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Located on the hill in Jungut Batu with 180 degree ocean views of the three surf breaks plus uninterrupted views of Mt Agung. This newly renovated villa has loads of living areas to be enjoyed, a private pool, staff and is walking distance to Coconut Beach. All bedrooms offer king or twin bedding options.

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This stunning 3 bedroom villa has two master bedrooms and a bunk room which sleeps 6 ( perfect for two families) , all with private open air ensuites.  The beautiful interiors combine stone, bamboo, white washed timber & soft furnishings to give this villa the perfect holiday vibes.  Located 100 metres from Sandy Bay Beach Club.

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VILLA SANTAI SAVE 30% –  NOW AU$263 / night

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JIPSI BEACH HOUSE – SAVE 30% – NOW AU$815 / night

 

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This is incredible beachfront property is one of Lembongan’s most popular private villas. It ticks all the boxes for families, sleeping up to 12 people, has expanses of lawn and is a short paddle out to Playgrounds surfbreak.  The infinity pool has the option of a fence for those with little ones and the gorgeous team of staff will make sure your stay is one you remember forever.

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Ocean views, infinity pool, media room, beautiful interiors and a team of staff to attend to your every need makes Villa Tranquilla one of  Nusa Lembongan’s most sort after private villas.  Your holiday will be filled with irreplaceable memories as you relax and recharge the soul your soul in paradise.  There are set of bunks in one room and two trundle beds in another giving two families plenty of options for sleeping arrangements.

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Food for Lembongan Families

The Gift of Giving – Together we made a difference

In mid April this year it was becoming more and more apparent that it was not COVID-19 the virus, but the economic impact that is the greatest threat to the people of Bali & Lembongan. We felt compelled to rally our community of loyal Lembongan lovers to help assist families on Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. With tourism and the local economy being brought to a stand still due to COVID-19, the locals have been severely impacted with wide spread loss of jobs & income.  The Lembongan Traveller partnered with Island Protect & Bali Children Foundation to launch the Food For Lembongan Families fundraiser campaign aimed to help as many families as possible.

It has been incredibly humbling to see the generosity of people, considering that no-one has been untouched by COVID-19, people have been digging deep during these difficult to support the Lembongan community. The Lembongan Traveller’s team of staff on the ground in Lembongan have co-ordinated the logistics and distribution, meeting with both Kepala Desa in Lembongan and Jungut Batu villages to ensure we reach the people who are in most need.

T H A N K  Y O U  to everyone who donated & supported our Food For Lembongan Families fundraiser.  Thanks to your generosity we toppled our initial target of $5000 and with $15,000+ funds raised and were able to reach 600 families with Stage 1 of food packages and completed Stage 2 with delivery of fresh vegetables, tempeh & tofu (made locally in Lembongan) to 200 elderly and families with young children.

These packages have been gratefully received and your support has reached so many in the Lembongan community with 800 families receiving packages from stage 1 & 2 distributions.

The Stage 1 food packages included  – 10kg bag rice, noodles, eggs, oil & cloth masks.  The masks were made by woman in Bali and the supplies were purchased from over 20 different warungs on Lembongan.  Packages were delivered this week to families across 10 Banjars on Nusa Lembongan & Ceningan and included migrant/ non-local workers who do not have the support of family networks.

The locals have sent so many messages of  gratitude.  Together we made a difference and these photos are a true reminder of the gift of giving.  From our Lembongan family to yours THANK YOU again.

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UPDATES – Food for Lembongan Families

As the owners of The Lembongan Traveller we felt compelled to rally our community of loyal supporters to help assist the families on Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. We asked and you have responded with an overwhelming amount of support.  THANK YOU to everyone who has donated, showed support and sent messages.

This FOOD FOR LEMBONGAN FAMILIES fundraiser is aimed to reach as many families as possible by supplying rice, noodles and oil which makes up an integral part of their daily staples.  We will keep the fundraiser open so people can continue to make donations.

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Below are updates regarding the campaign, also posted on the fundraiser platform.

From our family to yours we say THANK YOU xx

UPDATE – 12 MAY 2020

We are on our way to getting your generous support to the Lembongan locals. We have ordered 1000 cloth masks ( made in Bali) and are co-ordinating the logistics to arrange 600+ food packages for families, consisting of 10kg bag of rice, noodles, eggs and oil. The plan is to have things in place for an end of May / early June distribution. Thank you again for opening your hearts and digging deep for the Lembongan community.

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UPDATE – 8 MAY 2020

We continue to receive ongoing support and incredible generosity from the wider Lembongan community, which is giving us the means to be able to reach so many families with food packages.  We are currently in talks with our key partners, including ; Bali Children Foundation, Island Protect, Head of  the Village in Jungut Batu and Lembongan  ( which includes Ceningan) to  finalise the distribution process,  purchases, logistics and timeframes.  As we have more details we post further updates.  Please be assured ALL funds donated will be used towards supporting the local Lembongan community. Together we are making a difference.  Take care and Happy Mothers Day to all our Island loving mummas. Tania & TLT Team xx

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UPDATE – 01 MAY 2020

Hi All, WOW a lot happens in a couple days!! Thanks to your generosity we have surpassed our latest target of $10,000 and are currently on $11,500 (hence the reset of the target to $15,000). This is truly incredible and well beyond any of our expectations. With the current tally we will be able to reach over 550 families with food packages. Please know we are in daily contact with our team and friends in Lembongan and they are so grateful for the out-pouring of support. As there are plans from another fundraiser to do handouts in the week ahead, it has been decided that we wait to do distribution later in May / June, this has been a decision made as a group with consultation with locals and Bali Children Foundation. The road ahead without tourism on Lembongan is going to be hard for them all, we feel it is best to manage the support we can give so it is spread out, rather then given immediately. Thanks again from our family to yours, take care and stay well. TLT Team

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UPDATE – 28 APR 2020

THANK YOU & huge virtual hugs to everyone who has donated. These are difficult times for everyone, but you have all shown so much support and spirit with your generosity towards the Lembongan community – we are truly humbled and blessed. We have just tipped our second target of $7500 and on our way now to $10,000.
We understand you have trusted us with your donations and for the money to be spent well. We can confirm:
– 100% of the money raised will go to buying food supplies, no admin fees from us or Bali Children Foundation
– we will be buying food supplies locally on Lembongan across a range of outlets on the island
– we will be including residents from other islands who live permanently on Lembongan as part of the distribution
– distributions will be include both Nusa Lembongan & Ceningan residents
– funds raised are held with Bali Children Foundation and they will be administering payments of supplies on receipt of invoices via bank transfers
Thank you again from us at TLT and local Lembongan community. Regards Tania & Mal

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UPDATE – 27 APR 2020

AMAZING, so many more donations over night and we have reached our initial target of $5000. THANK YOU to you ALL it has been an incredible team effort and our hearts are bursting. We can not thank you enough as this will enable us to help so many Lembongan families. However, we are not going to stop here, we have decided to raise the target to $7500, lets keep sharing the campaign and encourage family and friends to donate. Every little bit counts and together we can make a BIG difference – AU$12 will buy a family 10kg of rice. Sending love to you all, TLT Team

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UPDATE – 26 APR 2020

WOW we are nearly at $4000, an amazing achievement and another massive thank you to all, especially those you have donated in the last 24 hour ( since our last update). Please keep sharing with family and friends so we can reach our target. Enjoy your Sunday, take care and stay well. TLT Team

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UPDATE – 24 APR 2020

A huge thank you to everyone who has donated, in less than 24 hours you have help raised over $3000. We are so grateful for your support and for those who have shared the campaign friends and family. The Lembongan community are blessed to be surrounded by such a caring and generous wider community (YOU) who have selflessly dug deep in these difficult times. Be assured your donations will go a LONG way to helping Lembongan families. Thanks again and take care. Tania, Mal & TLT Team

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FOOD FOR LEMBONGAN FAMILIES

FOOD FOR LEMBONGAN FAMILIES

As the owners of The Lembongan Traveller we feel compelled to rally our community of loyal supporters to help assist the families on Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan and have created the Food for Lembongan Families fundraiser. With tourism and the local economy being brought to a stand still due to COVID-19, the locals have been severely impacted with wide spread loss of jobs & income.  The campaign is aimed to reach as many families as possible by supplying rice and oil which makes up an integral part of their daily staples. GIVE NOW

We understand that COVID-19 has touched everyone and we are all facing extremely difficult times, but if you can give any small amount from your family it will go a long way to helping a Lembongan family.  All donations are greatly appreciated.

We have partnered with Bali Children Foundation, who we successfully worked with to administer the money we raised after the Yellow Bridge collapse to the affected families and into the community via their environmental and educational programs.

Our team of staff based on the ground in Lembongan have helped us formulate this program, will administer the purchasing of supplies and oversee the distribution process.

We thank you all in advance, on behalf of the people of Nusa Lembongan & Ceningan for support the Food for Lembongan Families fundraiser… they can not wait to welcome you back to their island home once travel can resume.

Donations can be made via PayPal or Credit Credit card via the campaign link below, or  please email us on holiday@thelembongantraveller.com for either IDR or AUD bank account details and your donation will be added to the campaign as an offline contribution.

FOOD FOR LEMBONGAN FAMILIES FUNDRAISER

 

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