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The Impact of COVID-19 on Bali Economy and How You Can Show Support

Updated: Sep 16

We now know that the economic impact of coronavirus is different in each and every place. Despite a low number of coronavirus cases in Bali, many areas have locked down borders meaning the tourism industry has taken a huge financial hit globally. For a place like Bali, where more than 80% of its 4 million residents are reliant on the tourism industry, travel bans this blow have left the economy crashing.


The Impact of COVID-19 on Bali Economy
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The coronavirus pandemic has led to massive job losses and reductions in income across Bali. Research from Kopernik found that 81% of the 77 household respondents have experienced a negative impact on their income as a result of COVID-19, of whom 44% have either permanently or temporarily lost their jobs. Overall, respondents have experienced a 61% decrease in their income. The rapid assessment found that COVID-19 is having a bigger impact on women, informal sector workers, and non-Balinese residents of Bali.


Support by the government, and non-governmental initiatives (including companies and individuals), has been wide-ranging. However, the data shows that the support provided has been uneven, leaving some people behind, including informal sector workers, non-Balinese Indonesians, as well as certain geographic locations where support has not yet been reached.


So how can you support Bali? If you care about Bali’s condition, there are a lot of ways to contribute.


1. Donate to organizations on the front line


Terra Water Indonesia

Donate to villages affected by Covid-19 in Bali
Photo Source: Terra Water Indonesia

By bringing the mission of giving access to clean drinking water for Indonesian families by producing and distributing natural water filters that can purify non-potable water, Terra Water Filter has become the right solution for the families in need in the middle of the pandemic.


A lot of Balinese families still do not apply the water sanitation and hygiene practice. In Desa Songan, Bali, 80% of the families don’t even boil their drinking water that comes from the rainwater stored in an unfeasible rainwater reservoir. This is for sure affect their health in the short or long term. With Terra Water Filter, they can easily turn the rainwater, tap water, or well water into potable water, which can increase their health.


For those families who buy mineral water regularly, with Terra Water Filter, they don’t have to buy water anymore so that they can make some savings. An average Indonesian family can save up to 7,4 million Rupiahs per 2 years when they stop buying gallon water.


Donate to Terra Water Indonesia here.


Ragam Foundation

Terra partner Food Donation at Bali
Photo Source: Ragam Foundation

Ragam Foundation has been helping with the food waste issue in Bali by collecting surplus food from hotels, resorts, restaurants, and suppliers. This food is donated (after being checked) to those in need. Uncooked food donations are made into nutritious meals at Food Rescue Kitchen in Canggu and then will be distributed to many different locations in Bali where people are starving because of insufficient income.


There are many ways in which you can support this initiative: (1) You donate foodstuffs to be prepared in their Food Rescue Kitchens (individuals and businesses); you can volunteer in the Food Rescue Kitchens (prep work and packaging); you can Cook and make batched meals to be donated (individuals and businesses), and of course you can support financially too.


Donate to Ragam Foundation here.


IDEP Foundation

Terra Partner bantuan cepat tanggap dari IDEP Foundation
Photo Source: idepfoundation.org

IDEP Foundation is a medium-scale non-profit organization based in Bali, Indonesia that works with communities, local farmers, and schools in developing more sustainable uses of natural resources. IDEP's focus is on Sustainable Development through Permaculture, Disaster Management, Environmental and Disaster Risk Reduction Education, Seed Preservation.


Now, since the pandemic hit Bali, they created a Covid-19 emergency response by conducting public awareness-raising about the virus, distribute daily basic needs to families in need, and medical equipment.


Donate to IDEP Foundation here.