In 2006, Ecolodges Indonesia (ELI) started our own Conservation Foundation. Initially, contributing US$10 from each visitor who booked through Ecosafari Indonesia, the company’s Tour and Travel Department.
Since then, we have built this into a fund of over USD $50,000 which was used successfully for:
To make an even greater impact in protecting and saving Indonesian nature and wildlife, Ecolodges Indonesia has recently completed the arduous process of establishing this entity as a certified legal Foundation in Indonesia - a government-endorsed charitable non-profit entity: The Indonesia Conservation Foundation – Our World (ICFOW).
Maximise our efforts to conserve Indonesia’s fauna and flora especially by providing employment to local communities around conservation areas.
With the rapid development of the COVID 19 pandemic in 2020, the whole world has changed and the tourism industry decimated internationally. To help us survive, the unified and loyal staff of Ecolodges Indonesia have responded by taking significant wage cuts (up to 80%) as well as developing environmentally-focused, income-generating activities in each of our lodges.
These activities will not only have a deep environmental impact on the ground but assist in providing valued work and wage supplements so we can sustain this vital group of conservationists, keeping them together for the future reopening of our lodges when tourism regains momentum.
This is a crucial time for us. To fulfil our long term environmental goals we must survive these short term challenges and we need your help and support!
We have outlined five programs for the first phase of action for the Indonesian Conservation Foundation or YKI-BK. They are divided into income earning funded by loans (1 and 2), and projects funded by direct grants from the Foundation (3, 4 and 5).
Donors may choose any program to support or choose simply to support the Conservation Foundation.
“Updates on our progress can be reviewed on our social media reports”
Continue development of our Rice paddies (half a hectare), short term food and production crops and,also a longterm strategy producing fruit trees (2 hectares).
We will be using some of our staff, who will receive a small stipend to augment their current wage. Activities will be divided into four, namely:
RICE and VEGETABLE PRODUCTION (short term with harvesting in 4 months) and LONGTERM PRODUCTION (orange, lemon, avocado, banana, papaya, and clove trees; eventually cattle and pigs)
Funds are needed for:
BUDGET: Rp 39,318,750 (around AUD $4,116)
PROGRAM SUMMARY: The staff of this lodge are a very compact unit from the surrounding village. The lodge is on the edge of one of the most important parks in Indonesia with Elephants, Rhinos and Tigers still wild in the area. It is in our company interests to develop an extra income earning activity to assist their wages and maintain this beacon of conservation in the area.
We wish to purchase nine or ten goats including a breeding male, fatten them for five months for resale at an optimum time. Such funds would be used to augment salaries and purchase more goats and thus develop a goat farm over time including breeding. Five families from our staff would have the responsibility to look after one -two goats.
BUDGET: IDR 16,425,000 (around AUD $1,720)
Continue our long-standing program with Tanjung Puting National Park (TPNP) and the NGO Karang Tarunia based in Tanjung Harapan village. This will be be phase 1 of an eighteen-month, planting program which will also act as a monitor for poaching in the park. We wish to involve 10 of our staff many of whom are already members of Karang Tarunia. The first area will be 2 hectares at 1000 trees/hectare.
Funds are required for tree production and purchase (Rp 50/tree), wages for 10 of our staff plus some rangers of the park, transport to the area by boat and motorcycle.
BUDGET: IDR 20,250,000 (around AUD $2,120)
PROGRAM SUMMARY: The Mbeliling Mountain Ecolodge is situated on the edge of a unique bird protected area which is under threat. The main aim of this lodge is to try and be a beacon of conservation in this vital area, which is also the water source for the port and tourist city of Labuan Bajo.
We wish to train our staff in the importance of conservation and one method is to develop bird guides among our staff. Three of our staff including the manager are very keen and we wish to develop a bird guide training program using Sam Rabenak (with 17 years with Birding Indonesia).
Funds are required for the accommodation and fees of the trainers (Rp 11,000,000), binoculars (Rp 6,000,000) and stipends for the trainees (3,000,000) during the course to augment their salaries. An administration fee of 12.5% is added for Central Office organisation.
BUDGET: IDR 22,550,000 (around AUD $2,400)
PROGRAM SUMMARY: The staff of our Central Office are vital for the continuation of our company Ecolodges Indonesia. They already have sacrificed large amounts of their wages, so that enough funds could be spread out among the rest of staff in four lodges. This program wishes to protect the health, nutrition, and enthusiasm of this vital, dedicated, and loyal group.
Funds are required monthly for the next fifteen months and if you would like to donate a small amount monthly, it would help. We hope to raise around Rp 4,000,000 per month (around AUD $420)
We use these funds strategically to support programs, develop new activities and ensure that we are doing everything we can to fulfil our environmental missions in alignment with our core values.
All funds unspecified are placed in this program and will be allocated according to the foundation committee. New funds will be needed for Phase 2 programs which will begin very soon.
Phase two programs are already underway with the donation of Euros 3,000 from Netherlands Travel Agency www.allfornature.nl.
This has been set aside for a program for our staff at the Satwa Sumatra Ecolodge to strengthen the fire patrol unit of the Way Kambas National Park. The Park authorities have also approved the project.
We currently have three options for making donations to our programs. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your payment details for tax receipts.
Bank: CIMB NIAGA
Name of Account: YAYASAN KONSERVASI INDONESIA BUMI KITA
Account Number: 800166348000
Bank Swift Code: BNIAIDJA
Bank Address: Jalan M.H. Thamrin 77, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia 80119
Tel: +62 361 436047
Account Name: Ecolodges Indonesia
BSB: 313 140
You can pay using either PayPal or your credit card using our Donation Form.
Please select one of the Programmes listed above and follow the simple and secure procedure.