Desa Les Community Center

Between 2014 and 2016 the ACF built 725 kamar mandis (a simple bathhouse) for underprivileged families in Les, it was clear that the needs of the people of Les went beyond that of just having proper toilets and bathhouses.

To make an impact we needed to do something more – something that would offer the young people better opportunities to find work, and ultimately give them a better chance to move ahead in life itself. As tourism is the key driver of the Bali economy, we decided on a vocational skill training center. And the plan for the Desa Les Community Center (DLCC) was born – a skills training center for young people of Les.

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One-step closer to realizing dreams

We will build the DLCC training center in the village of Desa Les, which is a three hour drive of Denpasar and home to about 8,000 people. The DLCC aims to teach 80 students during the school year and create employment for approximately 25 people at the center.

At the DLCC we intend to offer young people between ages 15 and 23 from lower or no income families the opportunity to access high-quality vocational and life skills training. This training will be offered for a minimal cost and with this the opportunity for them to overcome obstacles and move ahead in life. Courses will focus on culinary, sustainable gardening, and cultural preservation. Our intention is to enable them to acquire skills that will provide employment opportunities in dynamic tourism profession in which will effectively increase their economic independence and improve the living conditions for them and for their families.

The Center

Our goal is to build a “green as economically viable” center, with wastewater and permaculture gardens, full recycling, green roofs, appropriate lighting, solar energy, rainwater catchment tanks and more.

In 2017 the land was purchased and construction began soon afterwards in the village of Les, Buleleng Regency in North Bali.

The center is on a verdant plot of rambutan fruit and coconut trees, and is in close proximity to the local people.

We will be working closely with on-island consultants in the field of energy and conservation and our aim is to be an example to the entire community of a truly green environment.

The center will include:

  • 10 classrooms
  • Meeting and event spaces for non-profit organizations to rent whilst in north Bali
  • A performance pavilion that could also be used for meetings
  • Quality souvenirs made by the students of DLCC that will be displayed and for sale at the exhibition space.

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