August charity of Private Leisure International was targeting poor families in Dawan-Kaler Klungkung, Bali. We were visiting six families lived far from the main road. Bringing them basic necessity foods, mattresses and little bit cash was one of kind of experience. Delivering the aids for those families, we had to walk kilometers away into the depth of village, going uphill then downhill, passed through dried-out river, walking under tens of coconut trees just to reach them and witnessing with our own eyes their life in poverty. Our journey into the wild, don’t expect wild animals except for local dogs, pigs and cows, were accompanied by two villages officials.
First we met with Ketut Sutri. An old man with not a good sight and hearing cost by his age, is still doing a very dangerous job of climbing coconut trees. Extracting the coconut fruit for then produced it into palm wine is the only way he can feed his family. He lives with his son whose doing odd job to take care of his wife as they had been blessed with two children. They all lived in a two-chamber shack. It is in a very badly shape hut, definitely not an environment good for people to live under. After delivering the aids to Ketut Sutri, we then met the second family of this charity project. The second target was an old woman named Wayan Siria. She lives with her daughter and son-in law. Wayan Siria is a blind granny and a little bit deaf. When we spoke with her, we need to increase our voice a bit louder for Siria to hear what we said. This fragile old woman also sleeps under her little shack.
The third family was married couple having an only son who lives in other regency. Sleep under a shack consists of bedroom and kitchen, which could not shelter them fully from the rain. Meanwhile, Ni Wayan Warti another target of this charity is living her life alone; with the only child she has lives very far from home. Close to where Warti lives are the two sisters, Nengah Warte and Nengah Landra. They are both sick old women and in need of profound health care. The sisters’ condition was not very different with Bapak Nyampuh. With his swelling legs, he almost could not do anything. In order to get food or anything he needs, this old man makes plaited bamboo and bartering it with any seller passed through his house.
Most poor families in Dawan would need their huts to rebuild into a decent house, healthy and firm enough for people to live. They would also need profound medical care, since most of them are elderly with bad health condition. Periodically there will be doctor from Public-Health Center coming into the village and gives free check up as well as medicine but it has yet gives them significant development for their health condition. Some also would appreciate used clothes, still good to wear by an elderly, infant or for a little girl of 5 years old. They also still need basic necessity food or cash.
This would not our last time to visit people in Dawan. Continuous charity hope can be done in this area intended to provide better living for people here.
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