ACF completes a four-year long social impact project in Bali, Indonesia, lifting thousands to better lives.
In early 2016 we successfully completed our most important social impact project to date: the kamar mandi project. This has been a four-year long sanitation project where we helped to bring dignity, better health, hygiene, safety and economic empowerment to more than one third of the community of Desa Les in the north Bali regency of Buleleng.
The project that cost ACF nearly USD 500,000 has brought some 725 families across eight out of nine hamlets of the Les village their own personal kamar mandi (bath outhouse with latrine and bathing facilities). Prior to having their own kamar mandis, these families, mostly households of four or more people, would either defecate in the open, or borrow their neighbors’ units. This would frequently cause sickness such as diarrhea and food and water contamination, hold-ups and long queues leading to loss of time for other pursuits, and shame and embarrassment leading to lack of self-confidence. For many in this community of 8,000 people, having their own kamar mandi means much more than words can describe. “We are grateful that we have brought relief to the community of Desa Les, where the largest numbers of the island’s most marginalized families subsist, and often on less than USD 2 a day”, said Toine Knipping, CEO of ACF.
To ensure that the beneficiaries receive the full benefit from their kamar mandis, ACF conducts ongoing training on maintenance of the units, and also organizes the international Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) training together with the PUSKESMAS (community health department). Aside from the multiple long-term benefits that good sanitation practices bring, this project also created employment for 40 contractors in a community where very few jobs are available to unskilled people. Beneficiary families have also worked alongside the contractors, as this action forms part of ACF’s mission to impart values of collaboration and self-empowerment.
Throughout the project, the use of funds have been stringently controlled and accounted for, with 78.4% of the project cost spent on material, 20.58% on manpower and the balance on such miscellaneous costs as postage, transport, storage, etc. Unlike other social impact foundations, ACF is involved from the beginning to the end of our projects – starting with the due diligence, project planning and implementation, funding, employment, building, maintenance, education, etc., until we are satisfied that we have completed the project and that going forward it is successfully embedded into and managed by the local community. ACF also differentiates itself from other foundations in how it uses funds received from non-Amicorp donors. Because ACF is privileged to receive 1% of Amicorp Group’s annual revenue, every dollar received from donors and social impact investors are directed towards our social projects, not to overheads or administration costs.
If you would like to make a donation to ACF that will help bring further relief to our beneficiaries, please go to http://www.amicorp.com/csr
ABOUT AMICORP COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
For a donation towards the building fund of our hospitality skills training space in this area, you will receive a complimentary copy of this beautiful picture book depicting our beneficiaries, and daily life of this vibrant community, filled with age-old customs and traditions.
Amicorp Community Foundation (ACF) was established in 2001 by Amicorp Group to drive social impact in a structured way. ACF is non-political and non-religious, and its twin goals are:
- eradicating poverty with a focus on inspiring and empowering marginalized communities with skills and education, and
- raising environmental consciousness.
ACF hopes to inspire clients and partners to join in these goals.
Today, ACF has social impact projects worldwide. These include:
- Desa Les, Bali Indonesia: Amicorp Community Center - A game-changing center of inspiration delivering hospitality-skills training for marginalized communities
- Curaçao: Tuma Mi Man – A day care center providing solid foundations for children from disadvantaged families
- Chile: Carbon Offset Project – Tree planting to offset CO2 emissions from flying
We invite you, philanthropist, family or corporate to partner with us by adopting one of our projects, or let us assist you with setting up and managing social impact actions in meaningful, manageable and measurable ways.