When Benjie Zammit lived in Bali for six months, he began to discover the “darker and sadder” side of the place and decided to do something about it.
“A lot of influencers come here and show this very glamorous side of Bali, luxury hotels, swimming pools, scuba diving, amazing food etc.,” the 24-year-old said.
“But obviously there is a big difference in how tourists experience the island and how locals experience their lives here.”
He saw people living in poverty, struggling to pay rent for a hut, and picking up trash from the streets to make ends meet.
“I had started to live a normal life here and noticed that there was a darker and sadder side to what we are used to seeing in brochures or on social media,” said- he declared.
Within days we launched a website and created a fundraiser-Benjie Zammit
He and his friend, Jack Attard Cassar, who joined him in the Indonesian province, decided to share people’s lives in two short documentaries.
“As Jack moved in and we talked about it, he showed me that this could be more than a personal project and that if we were able to gain ground, we would have the opportunity to have a real impact here”, Zammit said.
“Within days, we launched a website and created a fundraiser.”
25 € could change someone’s life
By talking to residents, the couple hope they can also help them with living expenses and other challenges they may face.
“The people we interview come from a small community; there are nine houses with about 20 people living there,” Attard Cassar said.
“The fundraising plan is to reach €5,000. Each unit costs the equivalent of €25 per month for rental. Our plan is to be able to cover their rent for six months to a year and provide them with other resources, such as food or whatever else they might need.
While Attard Cassar and Zammit are now settled in Indonesia, they plan to continue traveling in Asia and taking their documentary project to other countries as well.
“In a country like this, a donation of €25 to cover their rent for a month could seriously change someone’s life,” Attard Cassar noted.
“We will continue to push this project and try to help as many people as possible.”
For more information on how to donate, visit https://theothersideof-bali.com/.
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