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Serving Women in Kerobokan: Sisterhood Local Impact

Mar 6 2018

The very first Sisterhood United Night in Bali took place in November 2017, joining in with our other Australian locations. While in Australia, the girls rallied to provide items for women giving birth at Gove Hospital in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory (read more about it here), in Bali we had the opportunity to reach out to women locally.

For many Australians, the notorious Kerobokan Prison conjures images of Schapelle Corby and The Bali Nine. The prison was designed for 300 people but holds over 1,300, including over 140 female prisoners, mostly Indonesian women. The women stay in one large room, sleeping on mattresses on the floor. Many of the women have no more than the clothes they were wearing when they came to prison. There’s little doubt that achieving a feeling of being clean is a challenge with no option for washing clothes other than while showering. A lot of the women come from other islands in Indonesia and some from other countries, leaving them without family or friends to visit or bring them any needed items.

As a Sisterhood, we always seek to be a felt blessing in the cities we call home and Bali is no exception. Through local relationships, we had the opportunity to serve these women through the Sisterhood United Local Impact Project. Women coming to Sisterhood United Night generously contributed new bras, underwear, and hygiene products, which were packaged into 200 gift bags.

One of our team, Putri, reflected on her time meeting and talking with a number of the women. “We were just sitting, hanging out, just like normal. They’re normal women,” she said, “They were so so grateful for us even just coming to visit. When they saw we had brought bras and underwear they were so surprised, saying “You have no idea, this means a lot for us.”” Even a seemingly small thing, the bags the items were packaged in, became a valued item because the women have no storage to keep any personal belongings. They carried the bags around with great care and pride.

How can you #bethechange as a group in your local community? It doesn’t take much to be a blessing. What’s in your hand? Who might be in need around you? Visit the Colour Sisterhood website and follow @coloursisterhood on Instagram for more inspiration and to join a movement of everyday women seeking the make the world a better place.

Reflect. Respond. Rally. #iamsisterhood