Rodney Westerlaken is a researcher, PhD candidate on Balinese culture and an active marine environmentalist. From 2007 until last year he ran foundation soul surf project Bali with several environmental programs involving children.
About Westerlaken Foundation
Since December 2018 soul surf project Bali became Westerlaken Foundation, focussing on human rights, children rights, local Indonesian culture, emergency relief, and the marine environment, preferably in combination of each other. Rodney also works for the Ethnological Museum in Leiden, The Netherlands an Stenden University in The Netherlands and has lived on Bali for the past 13 years.
How to help coastal communities after environmental disasters
After the devastating earthquakes in Lombok the results for the local communities were huge. Though how to help? Rodney Westerlaken has been actively helping in Selengen. Rodney has seen many examples of foreign help without keeping local spirit, connection to the ocean, respect and indigenous wisdom in mind, which results in misused funds, as the use of the given facilities is not optimal. The presentation will focus on how communities can be helped with keeping local customs and needs in mind.