Since we started the SOS Food Rescue Kitchen Program on June 17th 2020, we have managed to make over 700,000 Meals for the people in need of nutrition around Bali and we’re still making more! We wouldn’t have made it this far without the help from the countless amazing woman (over 70% of our total volunteers) that come to our Kitchens on a daily basis.
Many of our volunteers are local woman who have been coming to the kitchen on a daily basis for months now in order to be able to help the many communities and people that they personally know are struggling. However, as time has gone by, many of these women are facing the same struggles as the people who they initially came to help. Without a job and savings dwindling away rapidly they too have fallen into the (bracket) of being in need.
To put this into perspective we’d like to share the story of our first and most loyal volunteers called Ibu Maria she has been with us since day 1 and used to come all the time from morning until it was all said and done. However now she can rarely come, because she had to sell her motorbike in order to be able to provide for her family and is struggling to make ends meet. We have supported her from time to time and still do but despite her situation she does not want to take too much because “there are others who need it more than I do”.
This same level of dedication and spirit is what so many of our volunteers show daily.
“I don’t have money to help others let alone ourselves but what I do have is time and spirit which I offer happily” – Ibu Gek
“As long as the SOS kitchens are open and there are people who need help. I will come because only together can we make the biggest impact” – Ibu Komang
“Coming to the Kitchen is wonderful because I make so many genuine friends and connections that otherwise would have never happened. Everyday is a new and exciting day!” – Ibu Anjani
“Hopefully the Pandemic will be over soon and things start to improve however even once things get better, I still want to come and help SOS” – Ibu Dewi