3rd Delivery
Kris from Bali has contacted Past President Andy again, to alert him to the dire situation her villagers are continuing to face.  
At our recent Board meeting held on 3 November, it was agreed that further funding of AUD1,000 would be donated to Kris for her to purchase essential food packs containing rice, oil, noodles, tray of eggs and facemasks for distribution to hungry villagers in Ekasari Village, Jembrana Regency, Bali, Indonesia. 
Kris has now distributed 32 food packs and a small amount of cash to one villager, Nengah Rangkep, who Kris reports "needed surgery and now he is in treatment and in better condition, so I hope it can help him to buy medicine or diapers. The villagers said “Thank you for the help and kindness, I hope God will always be with you.  It was so amazing, it’s a happiness to see their smiles. I’d like to say thank you to the Rotary Club of Merimbula for all of the support. It means a lot for me and the villagers. The villagers smiles are our smiles too."  Mr Gede, the representative of Ekasari Village would also like to thank our club for all the kindness and support and care for his villagers.
Andy, President Elect very kindly sent Kris one of our Club's embroidered shirt and cap.
She replied "I just got this shirt and cap from the post. It’s cool! I like it and so excited! I will wear this on the next activity. Thank you so much to all of you there😊 Love, Kris xx"
Kris, we all agree, you look stunning in the uniform!  Keep up the good work.
Second Delivery
Some of the Balinese families receiving food packages
Earlier this month our Club provided further funding to our friend, Kris, in Bali.  Kris has already distributed 35 basic food packages purchased with this, our second donation, to needy residents in her home village and sent photos from some of the appreciative recipients. Kris reported back to our President Elect, Andy: 
"The villagers were so happy at that day and they said thank you so much and may God bless you there in Australia. Thank you Mr. Andy, Mrs. Jenny, and Rotary Club of Merimbula, I am so thankful Sending my best wishes for you, Mrs. Jenny, and all of the members🤍 Your kindness will always be remembered".
Thank you, Kris, for your kind words - all our members are delighted we have been able to assist your villagers in this way.
Image taken by Kris from Karangsari Village, Jembrana Regency, Bali, Indonesia during the presentation
At our Club meeting held on 5 May, Kris gave a presentation, by video link, to update our members on the situation in her village, Jembrana Regency, Bali.   She spoke about the impact of COVID-19 on the local economy, the resultant unemployment and the relief the food packages, funded by our club, she had delivered to families in her home village had given.  It was obvious that Kris was very passionate about trying to help those in need and appreciative of the support of our club. 
The club has agreed to continue supporting Kris in her relief efforts.  She advised she would adopt a similar strategy, delivering staple foods to needy families.
She has already commenced enquiries to establish those who remain most in need, as some recipients of the first relief packages have now returned to work one or two days a week . The club has now provided another AUD1,000 and Kris expects to deliver further food packages within the next 2 weeks. 
Kris was so excited to receive the funds, she organised the distribution of the food packs to her hungry villagers immediately.  A lot of very happy faces all round - our members were delighted to have been able to help.
At a previous meeting, the Board (and general membership) approved the allocation of AUD1,000 to the provision of some food packs to residents of Karangsari Village, Jembrana Regency, Bali, Indonesia.  Karangsari is the home village of a young lady our Rotarians, Andy & Jenny, are sponsoring to undertake her Teaching degree at university.  Kris (her nickname) is going to arrange packs containing rice, oil, noodles and eggs for some families in her village who are struggling as a result of the coronavirus impact on tourism and employment.  She has done a PPT and included names of families she wants to help after consultation with the Village Chief.