The DLCC aims to teach 60 students during the school year and create employment for approximately 25 people

DLCC wants to make a real difference

Tourism is the key driver of the Balinese economy, and Bali is known for being a holiday paradise. What most people do not see is the poverty that lies just off the beaten path.

And, whilst there is much demand for well-qualified workers, often time’s children in the poorer regions are not able to complete even the most basic of education as their families cannot afford to send them to school and skills’ training is out of the question. Not having proper education ultimately affects job possibilities and the livelihood of the entire family.

This is where the DLCC wants to make a real difference. We intend to offer young people between ages 17 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.

Meet the people behind this project

OG Architects led by Oliver Gehlen - Architect

OG Architects began working in Bali in 2001 and while most of their work is on villas, they built the new Bumi Sehat Midwifery Clinic in Ubud.  Oliver together with one of his lead architects, Gustav Lameng work closely with DLCC.

Bingkai Langit Konstruksi (BLK) led by Fatin Hamamah - Contractor

OG Architects and BLK having worked together for several years form a great team. Interesting to mention that BLK is one of the few construction companies run by a woman in Bali.

Rucina Ballinger - Project manager

She has lived in Bali for over 35 years and worked in the nonprofit sector since 2002. She has worked for Amicorp Community Foundation since 2014.


Quick facts about the project

  • The idea for the Desa Les Community Center (DLCC) was born from an Amicorp Community Foundation (ACF) initiative in 2014.
  • The ACF is the major stakeholder in the DLCC and has already committed USD 360,000.
  • In May of 2016 a perfect plot of land (4900sqm) was purchased in the village of Les, and the plans to build a “top-of-the-line” skills training center unfolded.
  • DLCC is already working closely with local experts, energy consultants and conservationist. We aim to be an example to the community by building a truly green and eco-friendly center.
  • Construction of the center started mid-2020.
  • The DLCC project will require an upfront investment of about USD 1.6 million for the actual building of the center, and basic pre-operational costs.
  • A further investment of USD 500,000 is required for further operational costs and continued support to make it an overall unique and successful project.
  • We aim to make the DLCC project economically viable and self-sustainable within about 10 to 15 years.
  • Our goal is to build a green center, with wastewater management techniques, organic permaculture gardens, recycling programs, green roofs, energy efficient lighting, solar energy, and rainwater catchment tanks.
  • Our mission is to create better opportunities for disadvantaged and economically challenged youths, by offering skills training  that will prepare them for long-term sustainable employment in the multifaceted tourism sector.
  • This social enterprise is to be financially self-sustainable without compromising on the promise to deliver quality education at low cost for the marginalized.

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