Do good!

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to THRIVE, and help others do the same."
Nila in Bali Indonesia
Nila
Creator of the GOOD LIFE
Balinese Boy in a happy moment

I need your help!

Hello lovely soul reading this,

If you don’t know me yet, let me tell you a few things about me. My name is Nila and I am a 26-year old girl from Germany with a MSc degree in Psychology. I am also a passionate Yogi and Yoga teacher and would love to put all the skills I acquired along my personal journey into real action.

I would love to give back what I received and make a lasting impact in this world!

Ever since I started my own healing journey, I always knew that I have a mission awaiting for me that is bigger than myself. Ever since I travelled to Bali for the first time being very weak and at a serious mental and physical state, I new that this magical island could somehow help me heal. Two years ago, I went to Bali without any expectations solely in hope to gain back my strength and happiness that I had lost many years before. From the moment I stepped out of the plane, the Balinese embraced me into their open arms of loving kindness. At that moment I knew that one day – when I would be ready – I want to give back what I received during my life saving 6-month stay in Bali.

Don’t be fooled by social media

When thinking about Bali, most people imagine palm trees and endless white sand beaches, fresh coconuts, sun-bathing, colourful smoothie-bowls and smiling children playing in the lushes greens of the jungle. They imagine holy temples and happy ceremonies, beautiful yoga teachers practicing in traditional open bamboo houses.

The truth is: this is only one side of Bali. There is also another side that not many people know about and that is not pictured in any travel brochure or on any social media account. Most people don’t know that there is still a lot of development needed. 

Underneath the glamorous life of Bali, there is another layer of this beautiful island that many of us are not aware of. Extreme poverty forces many people to struggle with daily life, even down to the most basic food necessities.

Unfortunately, it’s not easy to find these people, because they don’t have access to platforms to be seen by the outside world. They remain unseen living in the villages of the remote areas.

Even with tourism on the rise, there are many residents who live in abject poverty.  Moreover, the poverty rate in the villages is double that of urban areas

Unfortunately, income from farming has been dwindling even as the price of various essential goods gets further out of reach for the Balinese. Just a two hour drive away from the many 5 star hotels in the south if the island, you will find the villages considered to be remote. The people living here lack basic education, electricity and clean water. Children in these villages must walk many kilometers to school. Additionally, many Balinese are pushed into the dry north with its infertile soils by the ever-encroaching tourist developments that have taken over more fertile areas located in the south.

Here are some facts in a nutshell:

  • It is said that about 163.000 people live under the poverty line in Bali, most of them in the many villages.
  • Currently, the poverty rate of Bali stands just above 35%.
  • More than 3 million tourists visit Bali every year but almost none are aware of this dark side

Click HERE to find out more.

The time has come

In July 2019, I made the decision to return to Mama Bali in November 2019 to support the local communities. I will have a look at different (social) projects and see where the help is most needed once I arrive.

 

Here are just some wonderful NGO’s that I want to visit:

  • Bumi Sehat Foundation International’s mission is to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality as well as to support the health and wise development of communities.
  • Bali Children Foundation creates an educational pathway for underprivileged children by providing a journey, from junior schools until graduate, leading to their growth and long-term sustainability.
  • One Island One Voice is a Bali based network of organizations active in the field of waste prevention and management with a commitment for businesses to change their plastic behaviors and provide options for local alternatives.
  • Yayasan Senyum Bali is a non-profit, independent organization working to bring health care to people with craniofacial disabilities. They also sell cloths in their “SMILE SHOPS” around the island. I actually bought something there myself last year to support this amazing organisation!

 

This is where YOU come in

In order to be able to follow my heart’s desire to help those who really need the help, I need your financial support to accomplish my mission to make this world a better place – for all of us!

“I can’t help everyone, but everyone can definitely help someone”.

All donations will go towards developing the listed services in Bali (and many more) as well as giving the Balinese youth the chance for a more formal community education. My mission is to provide the locals the chance for a higher standard of living by contributing to the under-resourced communities in Bali – away from the tourist sights.

I truly appreciate all donations so much and would love to thank every single one of you in advance for helping me out. With your help, I will not only gain hands-on work experience. I will also help to put an end to the stigma in the under-resourced communities in Bali.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for taking your time to read this!

What is in for you?

To say THANK YOU, I want to share all my experiences (i.e. the REAL Bali) on my Instragram account @about.the.good.life and my blog where you can learn a lot more about me, recovery, Yoga, Nutrition and Psychology FOR FREE!

Sharing my knowledge is my way of saying THANK YOU 🙂

You cannot buy happiness, but you can help me to spread a smile on a child’s face.

With your support, I can give back gratitude for those who once helped me gain my live back!

Feel free to donate any amount of your choice by clicking on the DONATE button in the main menu (no third parties are involveded)!

For your generosity,  I will also send you a FREE e-book of my 30-days “About the Good Life Journal” (for more info click here) and share a new guided meditation every week until I head off to Mama Bali.

I am forever grateful for your donation and your support! Thank you so much for helping me to follow my dreams and to support those who really need it!

I promise you that one day you will receive back what you have given me and ultimately to people in a foreign country who really need the hands-on support that money cannot give them. Trust me that I will use your financial support for something that money will never be able to buy: a heart that listens and a smile that will give them hope for a brighter future!

I am forever grateful for your support!

Thank you so much for SPREADING THE SMILES 🙂

With a whole lot of love & gratitude,
Nila