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Sponsor of a local fisherman

Gede & his family

sunny 28 °C

After befriending Gede family for a few days I decided that I would like to help them as they are all leaving in very precarious conditions in a beach shack with their 4 kids, 2 aunts and grand mother. We went there and they do not have a lot… a mattress on the floor which looks like it has been there for centuries and a hammock where the baby sleeps above their heads. The kitchen is basically a gas stove outside. They have no toilets and no running water.

I spoke a little with Gede and I found out that he could not take tourists to the dolphins as he did not have a licence like everyone else. And to get that licence you need to pay 1300000 rupiahs to the organisation. Now looking into on a 60000 rupiahs trip the organisation get 30 and Gede would get 20 per tourist which is not bad as at present he sells his fish for 20 a kilo to restaurants (who subsequently sells that at 50 for a slice!!!!).

So I decided with the kids that we should sponsor him and give him the money he needs to get into the organisation… If it can improve their lives I can spare £100… So we did give them the money and they were so grateful that they did a little party on the beach for us.. we had the fish we caught in the morning fried with rice and they then went to buy some fresh small tuna and we had those too grilled on the fire.. It was great!

The baby girl fell asleep in my arms and they were all so nice and friendly ... this is the real Bali and what I would liek to come back to see again....

Posted by ealonso 22:01 Archived in Indonesia Tagged bali lovina fishingorganisation

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Hello me dear, it looks like youre having a fab time, wish I was there!
Frank has just come back from the Us and hes picked up the car
Keep in touch
Lots of love Xue and Chris x

by xuella

Teo
Have seen photos and read blog. Wow! We'll send you some photos when we get home of us, in not so exotic France!
Miss you

George x

by George Wright

Cool ! Great ! Nice ! Je te reconnais bien là. Si tu pouvais sauver le monde... Une petite goutte d'eau par ci, une petite goutte d'eau par là, tu finiras bien par créer un océan ! Gros bisous pour toi et les garçons. Franck est avec vous ?
Gilles

by Gilles

Unbelievable. You have only been gone 5 minutes and already you are giving away all of your money to a fisherman.

by Wisbey

Hello
Just caught up with you guys! things seems to be going well for you and oh my god you have done so much already! How are the boys getting on? I bet deep down you are missing the hot British weather that we are having. Keep posting your photos and adventures, I enjoy the read (and feel a tad jealous)
Take care
Cat xx

by Cat Parkhouse

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