COVID-19 Pandemic response
As a result of COVID-19, MBM has put activities on hold and all staff are working from home. They are contacting village leaders in the communities they work in by phone to set up information alerts and check in that vulnerable people have access to handwashing stations. They are supporting additional families with building toilets in their own homes and supporting messages by the Ministry of Health about COVID-19, spatial distancing and where to get help. Bali is expected to be hit hard by the impact of the virus as many people will lose their jobs, especially those in the tourism industry.
Bali is well known as a holiday destination, however, in rural areas away from the tourist spots there is considerable poverty. Local governments receive limited funding to assist poorer people with housing, electricity, water and other basic services, however, the voices of the poorest, especially women, are often not heard.
We support our local partners MBM to advocate for the rights of women and the poor to participate in village decision-making processes and provides women and poor families with vocational skills training so they can generate an income through activities such as basket weaving and raising livestock. We also support rural communities with health and hygiene services and education.
This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Thanks to ANCP, we’re making a huge difference together; lifting families out of poverty and helping people improve their lives.
Check out the impact we’re making!
Every year since 2010, we have provided micro enterprise training and support for 300 families, and WASH training, toilets or clean water for 100 families.
Last year, 28 villages received access to better water and sanitation facilities through the WASH program.
Indonesia, Province of Bali
Bali Protestant Church (GKPB) through Maha Bhoga Marga Foundation (MBM)