Teaching Environmental and Cultural Sustainability in Bali
Organized by: Jenna Murphy
Jenna Murphy via Crowdrise
July 10, 2014
Hello, my name is Jenna and I am currently a graduate student getting my masters degree in Sustainable Development. Right now, I am volunteering for 2 months in Bali. Currently, I am expected to come up with all my funding (travel expenses and project expenses) while I volunteer.
I came to the Bali Children's Project with the idea to create a large expansion of a traditional Balinese medicinal garden to be used as an educational tool for children in an impoverished village. The children will help me to design and create the garden from conception to completion. They will also be in charge of taking care of the garden for years to come. Not only is this project important for environmental sustainability, but it helps to ensure that traditional cultural knowledge (that will be gathered by elders in the community) is passed down to the next generation of children. This is so important because Bali is quickly being developed and traditional Balinese knowledge is being replaced by the Western culture.
Another important aspect to this project is that the entire village will have access to the Balinese medicinal plants. This allows the village people to be able to treat illnesses that they otherwise could not afford.
The main goal of this page is to fund this project and to raise some extra money that will benefit the Bali Children's Project. Any money received will go straight to this project until the goal of $600 has been reached. After the immediate goal of funding the project is completed, the extra money will help me to fund my travel expenses of getting to and from Bali. Being a graduate student, I am currently living minimally off of student loans. Anything extra to help with the cost of travel and food would be highly appreciated.
This truly is a mutually beneficial relationship. I will be gaining further expericence in sustainable community outreach and a community–that already has all the motivation, but lacks resources–will become healthier and even more self sufficiant. Thank you for your interest.