For the Love of Bali Dogs By Michele Cempaka

On Sunday afternoon after the Bali Meditates Festival, I made my way through the Ubud traffic to the BAWA shop on Monkey Forrest road. I met Deb, who was quite busy caring for the dogs and running the shop. I noticed an uneaten sandwich on the desk which looked like it had been sitting there […]

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Promoting Education for Indonesian Youth

In 2007, just after the second bombing on Bali, Karuna Bali Foundation (KBF) was founded by Wayan Rustiasa and his wife Ni Iluh Warsini, supported by Roger Miles, fondly known as Raj and Susan Starlard. “We wandered around and talked to taxi drivers and waitresses and saw that not much was going on for them […]

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Building Bridges of Friendship

What do India and Bali have in common? Most Indonesians have greatly admired and in many instances even modeled their own classical dances after India’s. And of course the iconic Bollywood movies are ever present on local television for everyone’s enjoyment. There is something quite enchanting about Indian culture and its strong connection to Bali […]

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MUM’s the Word By Michele Cempaka

As a result of the Bali bombing in 2002, Mum Foundation was formed. They are a fully registered Indonesian based non-profit organization with a charter to perform social activities including: Formal and non-formal institutions, orphanages and homes for the elderly, hospital clinics and laboratories and sport and other training facilities. Richard Flax, the co-founder and […]

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An Oasis for the Community

In 2011, the owner Chris Sampson and a couple of his friends spent a lot of time on the beach near what is now ‘Power of Now Oasis’ (P.O.N.). Every morning they practiced yoga on the beach. People began coming and asking them about their yoga practice, wanting to be a part of what they […]

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Having Sight is a Human Right

“One of the most fantastic things that Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra, the governor of Bali said to me is, ‘what we need John, is suitable technology to help us,’” said John Fawcett, CEO & Founder of YKI (Yayasan Kemanusiaan Indonesia, otherwise known as the John Fawcett Foundation. Who would have known that this seed that […]

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Collaborating to Make the World a Better Place

Two NGO’s have come together to create an even stronger impact on the world: Bali Kids and KOTO – Know One-Teach One. Bali Kids’ primary goal is to assist sick and orphaned children throughout Bali, providing much needed health education, and offering a wide range of medical services including expert treatment for children that are […]

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Practitioners in Preservation

Samdhana, in Sanskrit, means a peaceful coming together, a giving back. “The Samdhana Institute’s vision is for a region where natural, cultural and spiritual diversity are valued and environmental conflicts are resolved peacefully, with justice and equity for all parties. Achieving this requires that communities who directly manage their local natural resources have clear rights, […]

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