5 Ways You Can Help During the Coronavirus Pandemic In Bali
The island of Bali is has been at a complete standstill for over a year now. In March 2020, the borders were closed and remained closed to this day. With no tourists, there is no income – and for hundreds upon thousands of families, this means that there is no way to earn money to sustain themselves whether it is to buy food, groceries, pay for their children’s schooling or healthcare.
At Socialista Media, we believe in giving back to the communities that we are involved in. We love the island of Bali for everything that it has given us. The dire situation on the island has prompted us to work together to give back and do what we can to alleviate the pain and suffering that are felt by many.
On the 14th of August 2021, the team at Socialista Media gave out 100 packets of rice to motorists and passersby along Jalan Raya Kerobokan. We hope that this little act of kindness will go a long way. We’re also in the midst of creating something more sustainable and long-term to help those in need.
Here are 5 ways in which you can help others during the Covid-19 pandemic here in Bali.
1. Give out food
A packet of rice with some chicken, egg and sambal can cost as low as IDR 5,000 each. Giving this out to passersby can help ease their burden for the day. Instead of spending money on food, they can now set it aside for petrol, phone credits or even medicine. You will also be creating some income for the seller when you purchase from him or her.
2. Give out dry groceries
Some dry groceries will go a long way for those in need. IDR 150,000 can feed a local Balinese family for 2 weeks. A bag of rice is always welcomed, along with salt, sugar, eggs, instant noodles, coffee, tea and powdered milk.
3. Work with non-profits
Due to the island’s dire situation, many non-profit organizations are popping up to help those in need. Check out @feed_bali, Yayasan Relawan Bali, Komunitas Taman Hati or Yayasan Buleleng Social Community on Facebook or speak to them directly to see how you can help.
4. Don’t forget our four-legged friends
Many warungs, cafes and restaurants are now closed. Our four-legged friends used to enjoy scraps of food from these places and from tourists on the beach but are now starving. Place some dog or cat food whenever and wherever you see them. You can also collect bones from your meals, and save them for the dogs and cats instead of throwing them into the garbage. You can also donate to BAWA Bali. Check out their Instagram page @Bawa_Bali.
5. Check-in with each other
Call your friends and neighbours to check on them. You might find an elderly neighbour isn’t aware that they can have their groceries delivered. Or you may discover your friend needs some emotional support. Remember to give what you can – IDR 10,000 may seem small to some people but it can help greatly with petrol, phone credits and even packets of rice.