Preserving local communities by empowering our youth

REVITALIZING & TRANSFORMING RURAL COMMUNITIES IN BALI THROUGH YOUTH AND COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVES

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.

WHAT WE DO

01.

Youth Capacity Building

We organize workshops and classes for rural Balinese youth focused on web technologies and digital storytelling, business and community development, and cultural/environmental sustainability.

02.

Community Asset Mapping & Strategizing

We perform resource assessments to help rural communities to understand all of their assets—including the financial, social, environmental, human, and cultural forms of capital—and work with village communities to help them leverage these assets to create innovative economic opportunities.

03.

Showcasing Rural Makers of Change

Through local community workshops and international cultural exchanges, we invite rural makers of change to share their work, inspire initiative in the local and global communities, and collaborate for the greater social good.

04.

International Community-Based Tourism & Educational Exchanges

We arrange site visits and facilitate cultural exchanges and workshops designed to foster exchange of ideas and perspectives between local village communities, rural enterprises, visiting students, and international development professionals.

05.

Collaborative Partnerships

We collaborate with both rural village communities, international governments, NGOs, educational institutions, and private-sector companies to address economic, environmental, and social issues facing rural communities in Bali and elsewhere.

06.

Incubator Spaces

We provide creative office spaces where entrepreneurial rural youth can develop social enterprises with the help of mentors from both the local and global communities and business development workshops.

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