WHO WE ARE
A Capacity-Building Provider for Sustainable Rural Community Development in Bali
The Balinese culture is renowned for its adept and beautiful art, rich philosophical wisdom, and elaborate religious traditions. In an age of rampant consumerism and mass tourism to the island, the global community risks losing access to a longstanding culture that has much to offer the world.
In 1971, only 9.8% of Bali’s population resided in urban areas. Just 40 years later, this percentage rose to a staggering 60.2%. Every year, thousands of individuals from Bali’s rural village communities migrate to urban touristy areas to work in hotels and restaurants, draining the villages of the human capital needed to sustain the culture and environmental beauty of the island as a whole. Meanwhile, villages rapidly become absorbed into expanding urbanized areas as mass tourism quickly spreads through investment in real estate and tourism in Bali. Today, Bali is at a precarious tipping point. Five Pillar Foundation works with rural village youth and communities to develop new economic opportunities that protect and preserve local communities and their resources through capacity-building and other community development initiatives.