The families we help are some of the lowest-paid workers in Bali. They have come to rely on the flow on effect of the tourism industry and were some of the first to be hit when that stopped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These are people you may see in your daily life. Gojek and Grab drivers. Foragers and collectors at the rubbish dump or along streets looking in bins. The pandemic has left all of them with little or no work and their wages have dried up to as little as IDR 25,000 (US$1.50) a day. Or worse yet they return home, after a long and fruitless day, empty handed. These are the families that were living hand to mouth before the pandemic and now find the hand and the mouth both quite often empty.
WHO WE HELP
“The families well-being are what matter the most and we are simply just an extension of your helping hand.”
HOW WE CHOOSE
Adopt A Family (AAF) started out small by supporting a few small warungs (small restaurants) so they might provide meals for the growing number of unemployed people. Whilst we were at these warungs we began to collect the personal information of everyone who came and which was the start of our database. We then went back over the data to verify the information and identify which families were in most need of help.
For the Empowerment for Resilience program, we performed not only a second verification but we went to personally observe the family to understand their goals and to work out with them a plan to accomplish it. It’s important to discuss and assess their willingness to work towards and achieve this personal goal. We believe that a sense of empowerment will not only promote a more positive mind set, but we are hoping it will plant the seed of the ‘can do’ culture which is not only a beneficial response to the current crisis but should set the family in good stead for the years ahead.
WHERE WE HELP
We are helping families all over Bali. Our focus initially is on those around where we live, in and around the Denpasar area as well from Tabanan, Canggu, Kerobokan, Kuta, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, Gianyar and Ubud. The families we support are local Balinese as well as families from around the Indonesian archipelago that have moved to Bali.
HOW WE HELP
We have a two-step approach to the assistance we give a family. The first, more immediate step is feeding them with the distribution of food packages on a regular basis for a fixed period of time. Each package is prepared to sustain that particular family for a period of two weeks.
The second step is to move to the Empowerment for Resilience program. At this stage, it is important to provide each family with better sanitation and a more hygienic environment while at the same time teaching them new skills and entrepreneurship to take back control of their lives.