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In Tinga-Tinga, the pipes have all been installed.  The taps and valves all connected to individual homes.  The water flows continually… lots and lots of water.  This is a really big change for this little village on the edge of the national forest.

Pak Nyoman with some men from Tinga-Tinga

I remember during those first days when the pipes were newly installed.  Anytime we connected a new tap, a small crowd would gather with buckets and containers.  Maybe they didn’t really believe that these new water taps would always have water.  There are several water taps about 1.5 kilometers from Tinga-Tinga that have water flowing about twice a week for only 1-2 hours at a time.  When the water comes on, the word spreads via text messages and good old fashioned yelling, and then the ladies come from all around with their buckets.  They line up and hope the water will keep running long enough for them to get a bucket full.

As people in Tinga-Tinga started getting used to having the water right outside of their homes, the crowds would no longer gather because they started to trust the pipe network installed by ALB.  One day, we were adjusting some of the connections near some homes, and I was crouching down beside a tap that was shooting out water.  The pressure was way too high and we were trying to adjust it so it would be easier to use.  Several ladies came out to say thank you to Pak Nyoman and me.

High Pressure

One of the ladies said something that I won’t soon forget…  “I’m so glad we have this water right near my house.  Now I won’t be bald in the dry season anymore!”  I was a little confused.  She saw my confusion and went on to explain that much of the hair on top of her head would fall out because of the many buckets of water she had to carry on her head.  The other ladies added their stories of how their lives will be so much easier and healthier now that there is a consistent source of clean water right at their homes.

Thanks for your part in helping ALB provide water (and a full head of hair) to the hardworking ladies of Tinga-Tinga.

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The Handover

The water project in Sukadana was completed in May, and there was a small ceremony to hand over responsibility for the water to the local community.  There were village leaders and government officials that attended and gave short speeches.  Jon and Pak David represented Access Life Bali, and they were accompanied by former boxing champion and Olympian, Nemo Bahari (He’s the one with the raised fist in the orange shirt).  He is still a famous guy throughout Indonesia, and he was representing a group of businessmen that donated some funding to this project.

There was serious excitement about the fact that water would be pumping up the hill and to the various groups within the community.  There are hundreds of people in Sukadana whose lives will be greatly changed for the better!  They were very thankful.

However, in communities like Sukadana, where getting water has been a challenge for as long as most can remember, it becomes an entirely new challenge for the community to distribute the water in an equitable way.  In the past, obtaining a small amount of water depended on how much money you had and who your friends were.  Now all the water is available to everyone equally, regardless of their economic or social standing.  This transition can sometimes be a difficult one.

The Champ

That is why our work in a community does not always stop when a water project is completed.  We continue to work with the local leaders to ensure that the water is managed and distributed in a fair and efficient manner.  Much responsibility is placed on the group of men that are tasked with managing this new resource, so we will continue to be hanging around Sukadana… offering ideas, giving support, and making sure everything goes smoothly.

 

A simple, brilliant solution

The Tigawasa water project has been finished for nearly two months.  On a routine trip out to the village to test water quality and inspect the pipe network, I noticed something different at the water source.

It all started when the men from the village recognized that there was still a lot of water being wasted at several points as it flowed down the mountainside.  They also knew that the ladies could use additional water to meet the increasing needs for water used in washing clothes and bathing at the main water tanks.  So they bought some cement and pipe fittings, found some leftover pipe from the project, and built a mini-reservoir that feeds into the existing larger reservoirs beside the main water tank.  The word is that nearly a hundred people can now gather for washing and bathing without emptying the reservoirs by the main tank.

This may look like just some simple pipe and cement.  However, what you are actually looking at in this picture is something we call Appropriate Technology.  Access Life Bali always tries to install water systems that use materials and equipment that are available locally, and we also invite the people from the village to work alongside us so that the projects can be locally sustained long after the ALB team is gone.  So as we help others to have clean water, in the process we are also empowering a village with the ability and knowledge to help themselves.  It’s a win-win.  It’s appropriate technology…

 

Finishing Up In Tigawasa

On October 18, 2011, in Clean Water Project News, by jon
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The project in Tigawasa has been completed recently, and there are hundreds of people now enjoying access to water just several meters from their homes.

Festive atmosphere at the community gathering place.

Prior to final completion, we tested pipes, pumps, and electricity several times per week.  Because they were test runs only, this meant a lot of water being pumped up the mountain that did not necessarily have a place to be stored.  It was awesome to see the people from the village swarm to the pipes with their buckets, pots, and containers.  It was like a big party…  Kids were taking baths, people were laughing, and really enjoying the fact that hundreds of gallons of water were available without a long walk down the mountainside.

On the fourth of October, the village had the official ceremony at the bale banjar (community gathering place).  It was a formal occasion to mark the completion of the project along with the transferring of responsibility from Access Life Bali to the people of Tigawasa.  There were representatives from the local government offices, the Australian Consulate, the ALB team, along with a journalist from RRI (Radio Republic Indonesia).

Pak Nyoman doing an interview with journalist from RRI.

After the formal ceremony, there was a religious ceremony to dedicate the site of the main water tank.  Water has a big spiritual significance in Bali, and the priests came to do all the appropriate offerings.  It was a complex process and small offerings had to be carried up the mountainside to all the tanks and pipes.  As the offerings were being distributed, the rest of the people enjoyed a traditional Balinese meal complete with lawar (pig meat along with other ‘additions’), cooked jackfruit, and starfruit leaves.

It was a great day in Tigawasa!  They had lots of thanks for the work and perseverance of the Access Life Bali team along with everybody that supports the work of ALB.

Happy to have clean water.

On a side note, one of the more popular parts of the Tigawasa project was the construction of some very basic shower heads and clothes washing stations.  It only consisted of two large overflow reservoirs with 6 raised faucets and three raised surfaces to do washing.  It was sort of an afterthought on our part, but it proved to be a big hit.  People started coming from other areas to take a shower and wash clothes.  On several afternoons, there were over a hundred people waiting, washing, and hanging out.

 

Access Life Bali Clean Water and Mobility Aid projects would be non-existent if it were not for the support and generosity of many people.

Today we are happy to announce that we’ve made it easier to partner with us and support Access Life Bali to provide hope and care to people with disabilities and to communities without access to clean water.

We’ve launched an online donations form where you can give a one-off gift or make a longer term commitment with regular contributions.

People often ask us how much impact they can make with their donation. To give you a guide, we’ve created a small list of suggested donation amounts which shows you how far your money can go. Click on the image below for suggestions:

Thank you for considering financially supporting our work here. Your kindness and compassion can be crucial to changing someone’s life.

Cheers,
The Access Life Bali Team

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Our latest West Bali project is gaining momentum! The community of Pangkung Lip Lip have been gathering together each day and just last week they completed the two 15,000ltr holding tanks that will store water from their new bore hole well. after completion of this project, 60 families will recieve water direct to their homes via this community managed water supply.

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Blog Action Day this year is about increasing the awareness of the need for clean water across our developing world. This blog post is intended to share with you where we have come over the last few years.

After our humble beginnings in early 2008, Access Life Bali has come a long way in helping marginalised villagers in Bali gain access to good clean drinking water. In the early days we went to people’s homes helping to teach them about the goodness of rain water and building rain water tanks. After building about 70 rainwater tanks in different parts of the island, we began considering how we could help entire villages access their own clean water source providing drinking water to entire villages.

Early this year we successfully provided clean water systems to two whole villages impacting about 1000 people. A video can be seen below from one of the villages:

Our current projects involve drilling wells in two more villages impacting a further 700 people! It has been an exciting journey to be involved in empowering local Balinese villages with their own self managed water systems and we look forward to many more in the future!

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What is Access Life Bali all about?
Watch the overview video below for some background into Access Life Bali Clean Water and Mobility Aid Projects.

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New Project Proposed for 2011

On September 28, 2010, in Clean Water Project News, by admin
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About a month ago, we were advised that our NGO had been put forward as possibly recipient of funds for proposed water project in East Bali ( Karangasem area). So we put together a proposal and are very happy that we got the tick of approval!

Background:
Dusun Nusu is located in the Desa of Sukadana, Bali. It is estimated that at least 90% of its inhabitants have no immediate access to water and travel up to 2km to access water for their household. Many households have underground water tanks which they have built themselves. These tanks are filled with water supplied by truck at a minimum cost of 60,000rp/truck. The cost of this water can be as high as 120,000rp/truck dependant on the time of year and availability. Dusun Nusu has received some funding help from another local foundation to build more water tanks for those households without a tank. To date they still have funding for 7 more tanks. Information from the Kepala Dusun is that water is the village’s greatest need. Families often cannot afford to purchase water to fill their tanks.

Solution:
Access Life Bali, after two surveys, a number of meetings with the Village Heads of Sukadana and Dusun Nusu, proposes that we bring water to this village in a number of stages. Our proposal is to commit to a first stage project of bringing water from an established well ( that we will dig deeper) to the Bale Banjar ( community gathering place) Nusu. This will be a continual water supply based on the demand and we anticipate the daily cost of clean water will be as little as 4000rp/1m3 in comparison to the current 15000rp/1m3. This water will be clean and within 300m of most households in the village. There is potential for further projects to bring this water to individual households however we propose a first stage of access at the Bale Banjar.

Last Wednesday, 2 of our staff here, Made and Arie attended a symbolic receiving of the funds at a local event. We are very thankful to have these funds and the trust shown in choosing us to be the ‘on location’ partners for this project. We’ll give it our best!

‘Thanks for your generous support’

The Big Cheque- literally!

 

 

We’ve put together an interactive map of just some of the Access Life Bali Clean Water and Mobility Aid Projects we have been working on here in Bali, Indonesia.

You can click on different parts of the map to see what we have been doing in each area of Bali, as well as click through to a story, related blog post or video about that specific project.

Click on the image above to visit the interactive project map, or checkout out projects page.

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The Access Life Bali Clean Water Projects team are really excited to have recently completed a clean water project at the village of Pendem (western Bali). This project has been running for seven months. This project was the procurement of a spring source into a village in Pendem providing infrastructure and access to clean water.

Here is a short video we put together outlining the project:

You can watch all the Access Life Bali videos at anytime in the Media section on our website, or subscribe the Access Life Bali YouTube Channel to stay up to date with our latest videos.

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