Bali Helping Hands October 8, 2021 14:36
During this difficult time of the pandemic the Balinese people have been especially hard hit with the shutdown of tourism since March of 2020. The Balinese economy is 85% dependent upon tourism, so you can imagine how people have suffered with no income. This also includes people who work in the arts & handicraft industry which not only produce products for export, but also for sale to tourist that visit Bali.
Even though we are not able to be in Bali during this time we have continued to support our Balinese family and friends by ordering crafts & getting them to the USA . This in itself has been a major challenge for us during the pandemic. There have been major disruptions and rising cost of ocean freight, increasing by 7 to 8 times above the normal rates. And the transit time which usually takes 6 weeks now taking 5 or 6 months to arrive.
We have started distributing food packages to 60 families who are in need. We choose high protein & nutritious foods as well as staples; such as rice, noodles, cooking oil and milk for the children. We love giving back to Bali and the Balinese people, and will continue to do this as long as we can.
Without the continued sales of the beautiful Balinese art & crafts we would not be able to do any of this. So thank you so much for being a fan and a customer.