Ubud Rotary helps a lot

Ubud is known as an artist village, but recently the World starts even to notice, that here is also a very strong social component in our village life. JUDY PETTIGREW writes in the Nepali Times about Ney Year's eve here: Shortly before midnight on new year’s eve, we drove through the villages, which lie on the outskirts of Ubud. On a typical new year’s eve, the streets of Bali are crowded with people celebrating. Last Friday, the streets were almost totally empty. As 2004 slipped into 2005 there was silence across the paddy fields, the parties and fireworks were cancelled or turned into fund-raising drives. ...posters urge people to donate to relief operations. And Ubud's people have done so as have so many in other parts of the world.

The Rotary Club of Ubud has been very active in the disaster relief activities of the last couple of weeks. In today's Georgetown Record Robert C. Wood, past president of the local rotary club gives the latest updates about the Rotary Club of Ubud, which has collected more than $10,000 in donations to assist the residents of Aceh in Sumatra, Indonesia. Funds will be used to assist North Sumatra and Batam club members with the health clinics they have established. The club is planning to provide long-term assistance and is planning a sponsorship program for orphans, an "adopt a community" program to provide reconstruction and repair to schools and wells, and a micro-credit program that will enable survivors to rebuild their businesses.