Category Archives: Biwa

Biwa – October 20, 2010

Membership Has Its Privileges In the past several months, this column has highlighted a few of the charities supported by the Bali International Women’s Association.  BIWA is also a great social network, and to some women here, an invaluable part of their lives. Friendship, mutual support, and assistance are the activities of BIWA.  While BIWA is held in high esteem by many villages who once needed a school roof, books and shoes, a dentist, or even disaster relief, BIWA is also a social network for about 300 women of 27 nationalities.  No one will be turned away from membership if ... [ Read More ]

Biwa – November 17, 2010

BIWA’S ANNUAL BAZAAR CELEBRATES A YEAR OF FUND RAISING AND FRIENDSHIP. Bali International Women’s Association (BIWA) held their annual Christmas Charity Bazaar on Sunday, November 7, making an early start to the Christmas season. BIWA President Melly St Ange explains that BIWA has learned from experience that holding their annual bazaar early gives them a head start and avoids conflicting with other Christmas events. This year’s bazaar was the biggest ever, attracting thousands of members, shoppers, supporters, friends and stall holders.  “Last year we had 154 stall holders, this year we had to cut off the stalls at 200 and ... [ Read More ]

Biwa – October 20, 2010

Membership Has Its Privileges In the past several months, this column has highlighted a few of the charities supported by the Bali International Women’s Association.  BIWA is also a great social network, and to some women here, an invaluable part of their lives. Friendship, mutual support, and assistance are the activities of BIWA.  While BIWA is held in high esteem by many villages who once needed a school roof, books and shoes, a dentist, or even disaster relief, BIWA is also a social network for about 300 women of 27 nationalities.  No one will be turned away from membership if ... [ Read More ]

Biwa – September 22, 2010

Breast Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Nusa Dua, May 15.  Pink was the color of the day, as 500 people streamed together for the Pink Ribbon Walk for breast cancer prevention and awareness.  Yayasans and others set up festive merchandise stalls, an aerial photo was taken of the group forming a giant pink ribbon.  Some passing rain showers failed to dampen the atmosphere of solidarity, warmth, and goodwill.  It was, by all accounts, an inspiring and sometimes quite joyous event.  Locals, tourists, BIWA members and their families, cancer survivors, the GM of a 5 Star resort, a celebrity chef, and ... [ Read More ]

Biwa – July 28, 2010

The Mobile Dental Clinic: Bringing Smiles All Around Of all the projects sustained by the Bali International Women’s Association, the group’s Mobile Dental Clinic (MDC) is probably the most well-known around Bali. On any given day, the white bus brings its dental staff and fully fitted modern clinic to remote villages like Ban (far up Mt Agung’s slopes), or Jatiluwih in gorgeous Tabanan.  It has even visited patients in Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan.  Wherever it is, arrival of the clinic on wheels is greeted with fanfare and excitement.  About one hundred patients are treated in a day’s visit, and although ... [ Read More ]

Biwa – June 30, 2010

Going Behind Bars Social welfare tops the BIWA agenda, supported by social networking, creative fairs and bazaars, and other fundraising projects, but some BIWA members got together to lend a hand where other powers refuse to go. Of all the marginalized people in society, probably the least understood and most unappealing are criminals behind bars.  When a jail sentence is passed on a thief, a killer, a drug pusher, a pimp, the world is a little safer with them off the street, and probably most of us like to forget they ever existed.  But not all of the inmates of ... [ Read More ]

Biwa – May 5, 2010

Welcome to the new column spotlighting the Bali International Women’s Association.   The Bali International Women’s Association (BIWA) is one of Bali’s longest-running, registered non-profit charitable organizations with no religious or political affiliations.  Over the years it has raised and distributed funds for the Balinese community, particularly to women and children in need.  Officers (an annually elected board of nine) and members all volunteer their time and energy, although there is a paid secretary and rented office, comprising the group’s overhead expenses.  BIWA has been at work in Bali over many years.  It was founded in 1974 in response to ... [ Read More ]