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Batukaras CLEAR Awards 2016

On March 6 2016 we held a Batukaras CLEAR Awards party celebrating all those who have been working together to support the environment in the Batukaras area and making CLEAR beach clean events and other activities  a success. The event included local government, community leaders, students and teachers of elementary /

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“Belajar Bersama” – Our Weekly “Learn Together” Club

We have started a weekly ‘learn-together’ session every Tuesday as part of the Green School initiative at our learning space, Bale ϕ Tau Batukaras. The kids learn a mixture of English Language, Environmental Studies and Creative Arts and Crafts. The sessions are in collaboration with Villa Monyet Batukaras who kindly give

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Kids Recycling Arts and Crafts – ‘Ngabuburrit’ and ‘Buka Bersama’

The month of Ramadan is not the best time to organise beach cleaning because people are fasting and would get too thirsty and hungry, so instead we made an afternoon ‘Ngabuburrit’ art and craft event at Bale ϕ Tau, our new community space for Belajar Bersama (‘learning-together’). Around 80 kids

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Traditional Wedding – Our Opening Event at Bale ϕ Tau

Our first major event at Bale ϕ Tau was a unusual mix of traditional Sundanese (regional culture) wedding ceremony and live reggae concert! The wedding opened with the traditional Upacara Adat ceremony involving martial arts and role-playing theatre, which was followed by traditional artists performing Pencak Silat martial arts, Jaipong dance and

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Sand Warriors return… with new recruits joining the war on waste….

Our second community beach clean turned out to be an even more resounding success than the first! On the 30th March we were joined by over 200 people from the local community, including schools and other local organisations. Great work everyone! 😀 The fact that the 30th March was in

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Creating Space to Learn Together – Bale ϕ Tau – Our New Community Building

Construction of Bale ϕ Tau, our community centre for ‘learning together’ (‘belajar bersama’), has been a great experience this year. It is a very simple building based around local vernacular design and built by hand without electricity on-site using traditional construction techniques… …plus a few added twist and turn design

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Beachside Acoustic Fundraiser Helping Victims of Volcano Eruption

Our Valentines Acoustic music event fell on the day of the eruption of mount Kelud in central Java, which was only a couple weeks after the devasting eruption at Mount Sinabung in Sumatra, so we made our music event a fundraiser for victims of the eruptions. The event was brimming

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Sand Warriors Start to Gather…

Our first community clean-up event has been a great success! Last Sunday (16th March) we were joined by literally a truckload(!) of teenagers from the junior red cross (PMR) from the local Senior High School (SMAN1 Parigi). The PMR were keen to work with us as part of their social

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New Way to Share the Word…

We have designed and printed bookmarks in the shape of a surfboard which give 6 key pointers about action for more responsible tourism.  The majority of tourists in Batukaras are Indonesians travelling from towns and cities for the weekend so the bookmarks are therefore printed in Indonesian. With the surfboard

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