First up was a photoshoot and some planning sessions in the Gili Islands (I know you feel sorry for us right?)
Next was an intense week at the factory on Java doing quality control and packing and shipping the Kickstarter travel packs..Woohoo!
On the last day we flew back to Bali, jumped in a taxi and headed off to Ubud to visit the Bali Children’s Project, along the way we stopped to pick up 5 huge boxes of school bags that had already been sent from the factory.
The charity had gathered around 25 children to receive their bags from us in person; we wanted to do a little something extra for those children so we purchased personally, and with a kind donation from Kate Dillon many school supplies and gifts. During the 2 hour drive from Denpasar to Tegallalang the 2 of us sat in the back of the van with our santa sack full of stationery, books and toys and distributed the gifts across 25 school bags (Taking turns to stare out the window so we didn’t chuck up our fried rice from motion sickness on the windy road!).
We arrived and handed out the school bags, the children all had shy smiles and were very keen on seeing what was in their bags and trying them on, it was awesome to see how stoked they were and eager to wear their bags straight away! While the children played with all their new gifts we talked with Ayu and Anas from the Bali Children’s project as well as several of the parents. Then we wanted to play too! At first the children were a little shy but they soon warmed to us and we played games of jaxx and drew chalk pictures, blew bubbles and covered each other in stickers. We had several sheets of animal stickers and had a wonderful time practising our animals sounds which of course are universal, as is the fact that a grown up calling “ooh ooh aah aah” and acting like a silly monkey is pretty much guaranteed to make children giggle across any language barrier.
All too soon it was time to for us to go as we had to race back to Denpasar for our flight.
We are already looking forward to our next visit whenever that may be (hopefully soon!).
In total Elephant Stripes’ Kickstarter Bag for Bag project raised funds to custom design and manufacture 120 school bags! THANK YOU to everyone who purchased a pack, contributed and supported us during the campaign, YOU ROCK!
25 of the school bags were given out to the children during our visit and the rest of the 120 we left at the Bali Childrens Project HQ and they will distribute them to the children in their district who are most in need.
Thank you again for helping us achieve our goals of using business to do good in the world. Our hearts are happy and we hope yours are too! – Jordan and Francesca
If you would like to get in touch with the Bali Children’s Project go to http://balichildrensproject.org/