An island located near Bali, Lombok was a popular tourist destination due to it’s stunning landscapes and rich culture. Unfortunately a severe earthquake struck the island in 2018 which led to a decline in tourism which is the main driver for the economy. Combining this with poverty and lack of essentials, Lombok has a series of challenges that need to be overcome in order to become a thriving community. Various efforts are being made to increase tourism such as the 2021 MotoGP, however, many social challenges still exist on the island.
The local communities of Lombok lack the necessary educational facilities that are required for learning and development. One of the main causes of this issue is the poor management of funding. Unfortunately, local children are losing out on an education due to these conditions, with some schools not even being in a real building. Learning and development is a particular problem that needs to be addressed.
In West Nusa Tenggara, the health sector is a particular cause for concern. There are 5 main issues with the health system which include stressing the Stunting rate, reducing maternal mortality, infant mortality, non-communicable diseases, controlling TB, and maximizing immunization. Despite the local governmental focus on improving healthcare, there is still much effort that needs to come from NGO’s and various charities in the surrounding areas.
There is a large difference between those that are rich and those that are poor across Indonesia. Income for the poor is extremely low and has adverse effects such as no healthcare, lack of food, poor hygiene standards, and much more. Each of these circumstances can lead to a number of issues for local communities and must be addressed.
Environmental quality is known to be of poor standard in many areas across Indonesia. With a high population crowded into small spaces that are poorly planned, problems with the environment are evident There are poor waste management systems across Indonesia, heavy pollution from the cities, and a lack of general cleanliness in every location which leads to long-term environmental effects.
The quality of water across many parts of Indonesia is unsafe. Most water is undrinkable and will be contaminated with various bacteria that cause sickness & diarrhea. These conditions are much worse in remote areas where there is sometimes no access to clean water. This is a focus of the government and of the Foundations projects, where they aim to assist local communities by providing access to necessities.
There is a severe lack of employment opportunities in Lombok due to a lack of industrialization and sole reliability in the tourism industry. Most locals focus their efforts on agriculture or working in the hospitality industry. Some of these wages, however, are too low to survive on. By creating new projects and initiatives the Foundation can focus on these local economic issues and create employment opportunities for locals.
Invest Islands Foundation is committed to supporting the local community through a variety of projects that will provide employment, natural preservation, re-investment opportunity, and community belonging
In order to successfully tackle these issues and address the problems that Lombok faced, the Foundation had to be innovative in their approach. Through careful planning and generating a unique company structure, each project could be implemented and start to deal with the pressing issues facing the local communities of Lombok. Following the mission and vision of the organization, each project was established to tackle a different issue. Just as the founders envisioned, the projects created started to impact the communities in many ways.
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