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 and action the gift of giving, 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.