LOVE FOR LEMBONGAN
We asked + you donated = Love for Lembongan
We are truly humbled by your incredible generosity in the last couple of weeks since we put out our recent request for donations, we also recognise many people have donated a second time. Your love for Lembongan is amazing and we can not thank you enough.
Your donations for the Lembongan community will allow us, along with our fundraising partners Tigerlillys and Bali Children Foundation to deliver the following support over the next month:
- 1000 x Large Sembako (rice, oil, sugar, noodles)
- 400 x Small Sembako (garlic, chilli, tempeh, veges)
- 1600 x Nasi Jinggo (pre-pared meals)
Large Sembako will be delivered fortnightly, with Small Sembaka and Nasi Jinggo delivered weekly throughout Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan.
All supplies will be purchased locally from warungs, re-injecting donations back into the community.
We are working with stake holders in the community to develop distribution lists to ensure the people most in need receive supplies and meals.
With a population of 9000 across Nusa Lembongan & Ceningan, we will be reaching 3000 families with Sembako and / or Nasi Jinggo relief.
Thank you again for digging deep in support of the Lembongan locals.
Personal story of a Lembongan local and how they are trying to adapt during COVID
Many of you will know this face, Made, brother of Pinky & Nicky who operate fishing & snorkelling tours, surf drop off / pick up, SUP hire from along the path as you walk to Coconut Beach from Jungut Batu.
We caught up with Made and his wife whilst they were tending to their seaweed farm at low tide. As you can see from the pictures this was at sunset, they had also been working from 4.00 am
( previous low tide) to collect the seaweed for drying and will be back out the next morning at 4.30am with the next low tide.
With no tourism for 18 months now, their core business of servicing tourists is at a standstill, they have been forced to invest their savings in the setup of seaweed farming to try and make ends meet.
It is a struggle every month to feed their family and find money for basic living expenses. They need at least 100kg of dried seaweed per month to cover these costs, currently they are getting around 50kg per month. A few months ago they were meeting their targets but the current crops are not doing well. They have planted the two varieties ( red and green), the red grows quicker but only receives 40c / kg, where as the green variety takes much longer to grow and fetches $1.50 / kg.
Seaweed farming is arduous, with no guarantees of harvest returns.
Made and his wife are doing their best to support their family. Their two sons have completed college in Bali and moved back to Lembongan during COVID. Made is grateful they have had an education and feels for the younger children on the island who are missing out on basic learning as schools have also been closed since March 2020.
If you hold fond memories of a holiday on Lembongan, chances are it was made extra special because of the people who you meet during your stay. This is our chance to give back to them, if you can give as much as $10 this will buy a family 10kg of rice.
To show your love for Lembongan please donate to the FOOD RELIEF for LEMBONGAN please go to link below: