Lembongan Lockdown July 2021

Lembongan Lockdown July 2021

LEMBONGAN LOCKDOWN JULY 2021

It is with a heavy heart that we give you an update on Lembongan Lockdown, as we feel it is important that the reality of life and the current challenges for Lembongan locals are shared.  Today, beyond the incredible instagram pics and holiday memories of Lembongan we all love to share, this is a plea of compassion and concern for humanitarian needs of many in the Lembongan community. The reality is Lembongan Lockdown July 2021 is delivering enormous challenges.

We have seen things take a distinct shift and downward turn in the last few weeks, to a level that concerns us personally for our local family and friends plus more broadly for the wider community.  Here is how it has transpired and the impact Lembongan Lockdown is having on their lives.

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COVID CRISIS

Firstly, the daily escalation of cases and recent outbreak of the Delta variate throughout Indonesia, in Bali and the realisation there are cases and recently deaths on Lembongan is a harsh reality.  The Delta variant, as it’s done around the world, has taken a grip of Indonesia and is forcing the medical system beyond its capacity.  Only 4 weeks ago Bali was recording less than 50 cases a day, this has steadily been rising and now 800+ cases are being recorded daily.  Bali figures include Nusa Lembongan as we come under  the Klungklung regency.

Yes, these numbers may not be accurate or true reflection of actual cases, but the ratio  of increase shows the severity of the situation.  The reason the numbers are not correct, is because testing is not prolific and it must be paid for by the individual….. who has the money for a COVID test?

Secondly, the months of May and June ( for the first time since March 2020) had seen a very small, but steady trickle of domestic travellers to Lembongan, primarily from Bali.  This trickle was giving the locals a glimmer of hope.  Hope is EVERYTHING when your economy has been flattened for the last 18 months.  This was combined with the optimism of plans set in place by the Bali Governor to re-open Bali in July to select countries.  There was a planned pathway forward to recovery, however, due to the recent outbreak this was not realised and then replaced with restrictions and lockdowns through out the country

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LEMBONGAN LOCKDOWN

As a result of the recent outbreak, Bali has enforced strict internal travel restrictions, non-essential businesses are closed and evidently the trickle of tourism that was coming to Lembongan has now ended.

Understandably, these restrictions were put in place for health concerns for the community.  But… how does a family put food on the table, pay their power bill and buy gas to cook when they have NO income and haven’t for 18 months.  They have used up their life savings, sold many of their assets and there is no safety net or government relief packages for assistance.

Hence the mood is starting to change, they are stressed, scared and have lost the hope of a pathway to recovery.

Since the lockdown, we have spent time in the village talking and most importantly, listening to the locals

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THE REALITY OF LIFE ON LEMBONGAN

  • Seaweed farming does not provide enough to support families. Yes the pics look great on Instagram, it is wonderful it has returned and is a good subsidiary income.  However, it is labour-some, weather dependent and due to the current model the Lembongan locals are at the beginning of a VERY long supply chain, paying them as little as 40c / kg for dried seaweed.
  • Families are setting up wood fires as they can not afford to buy gas to cook with.
  • People very conscious of power consumption and turning off / not using appliances we take for granted to save on power expenses.
  • A family of six are budgeting $4.00 for 3 meals a day.
  • Fisherman can not afford to buy fuel to go fishing as there is no guarantee they will catch enough fish to sell and cover the cost of fuel and then have fish left to eat.
  • People are getting their protein intake from eggs as chicken and fish are not affordable.
  • If you are fortunate enough to still have a job, it is on reduced pay and you are likely to be the only person in your extended family of 20 who is working. This wage is not enough for 4 people let alone more.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP

So if you have read this far you will now have a little more perspective of the stressful challenges faced by so many.

We have reached out to you all before and you have responded with an overwhelming amount of kindness and  financial generosity, raising over $40,000 since our first campaign in April 2020.

With a population of 9000 people living in Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan, we feel we can make a difference.  This can be achieved by taking our fundraising efforts to the next level. We are hoping you can tap into your networks to help us achieve our next goal of reaching $55,000.  With these funds we plan to provide food relief in the form of staples and prepared meals to the Lembongan community.

If you can give personally that is amazing, however we know so many of you have already donated, hence we have come up with some other ideas you may be interested in:

  • Hand around the hat at work
  • Create a fundraiser at your school
  • Share the link to this blog to your network
  • Do you have a service / product you could donate and auction on your instagram account? We can help you with the T&C’s and will also promote for you.
  • For those REALLY wanting to get involved, we can set up a ‘team’ campaign so you have your own platform to manage and set fundraising goals. We and Bali Children Foundation are here to assist and support you with the entire process.

We are so grateful to be partnering with Bali Children Foundation, they are a registered charity in both Australia and Bali, their team provide us with a wealth of knowledge, giving us incredible support and guidance in all areas, especially for the facilitation of community projects

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SOME GOOD NEWS – 70% VACCINATED

70% of the population on Lembongan has been vaccinated with their first dose of either Astrazenca or Sinovac with second jabs starting this week across both Jungut Batu and Lembongan villages ( which includes Nusa Ceningan).

They have also commenced a program to vaccinate children aged 12 – 18 years.

Bali is also in a similar position with 70% having received their first vaccination.

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WE HAVE HOPE & GIVE THANKS

We truly hope we are closer to the end rather than the start of what we currently know as COVID and there will come a time soon when we can move forward with it and the world can begin to open up.

We thank you all sincerely for your support, kind words, virtual hugs and prayers.

We are in this together and the Lembongan community are forever grateful for your generosity and loyalty.

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