Can you imagine a tourist paradise where the most friendly of people, always ready to greet you with a smile, who make you feel welcome and at home on their island and openly share their beautiful culture with you, are in fact often living on less than Eur2,- per day?! Home to the most luxurious resorts in the world, offering the best service levels, food and spa on a global scale, this does not seem right. Most who come and enjoy what Bali has to offer, have no clue of this. And they cannot be blamed for that because Balinese are not people who lament their plight, but rather accept it for what it is and live with it. But, this is in fact Bali! And where we live in particular, in Seraya-Barat / Karangasem, the average family income is indeed IDR600.000 (Eur50) per month.
Having resided here for two years, we have (slowly) come to realise how dire the situation is for some families. It was, and still is, at times incomprehensible how difficult it is for these families to survive the month. Barely having enough money to buy white rice and some sugar, things like healthy food, clothes, education and healthcare can often not be paid for.
Villa Flow takes this to heart, and as such is involved with numerous projects in the area, focusing on three pillars: healthcare, education and the environment.