Bale Mitch Gillam - Community Centre

Bale Mitch Gillam is our community centre in Seraya, Karangasem.  The facility was built in Dec 2012 - June 2013, entirely with funds raised by A Mitch Gillam Project through a fundraising calendar.  The centre has been named in honour of Mitch Gillam, a talented young man who tragically passed away as a result of a motorbike accident in Bali in December 2010.

The centre operates for the benefit of the whole community in Seraya and offers free lessons in English, Japanese, computing, traditional Balinese dance and music  to any children who want to participate.  Children can call in before and after school for assistance with homewor and a sewing corner which ofers the use of a sewing machine & overlocker, material and sewing accessories for the use of any families who need them.

Periodical dental and health checkups are carried out free of charge for desperately poor families and many sponsors and supporters visit their and volunteer their time to share their skills and/or hobbies with the local community.

A Go Green project operates for the children out of the centre, educating the children about recycling, greening & keeping their villages clean.  In the future, the upper level of the land behind the centre, will be developed to cultivate fruit & vegetables to educate the children further.  The children will be able to take produce home to their families.

 In November 2016 work began on the construction of a greenhouse on the land behind Bale  Mitch Gillam.  The plants will be grown hydroponically as there are severe water shortages in Seraya almost all year round.

 Since early 2017 the greenhouse has been operational. It has become a teaching facility and crops are being harvested every 3 weeks.  Crops are shared by those children and other individuals who work in the greenhouse learning all aspects of this type of farming.  Later in 2017 we hope to begin rolling out mini versions of this farm so families can begin growing their own crops and supplementing their diets with greens.