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Answering to the call of nature is not a number game – Toilet Day

On October 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Abhyan Mission (Clean India) which includes the challenge to provide all Indians with a toilet and eradicate open defecation by 2019. This article was written following Billion Bricks visit to Konchur, Karnataka in 2016, where the team went to assess the viability of the project to build new toilets for the village.

Sasak People

Population: 3,600,000 Language: Sasak Geography: Lombok Religion: Islam (Wetu Telu), Islam (Waktu Lima), Bodha (Buddhist, Hindu and animistic influences) SASAK ARCHITECTURE Traditional Sasak houses are representative of a family social status and hierarchy and are typically built in rows in the low part of the village. Made in wood and woven bamboo (bedek), they have […]

The Moon

The transition from the brightness of a full moon to the darkness of a moonless night has fascinated peoples and influenced beliefs throughout history. The rhythms of the lunar cycles remain a vital reference for many cultures all over the world. Since the most ancient times, people have observed the waning and waxing of the moon and used these regular cycles to mark time.

Freediving

“Freediving is about silence…the silence that comes from within..” Jacques Mayol Exploring the depths of the Big Blue on a single breath is an experience often described as magical and even mystical. Silently diving into the ocean free of equipment takes the human mind to a different place, a place where there is no perception […]

RAMADAN MUBARAK!

“Ramadan is the month whose beginning is mercy, whose middle is forgiveness and whose end is freedom from fire.” ~ Prophet Mohammad Once a year, Muslims across the world celebrate Ramadan to commemorate the month in which the Qur’an, Islam’s sacred book, was reveled to Prophet Mohammed. Over these 29-30 days, Muslims abstain from eating, […]

Sustainable Travel: Take only Pictures, Leave only Footprints

As travelling becomes accessible to more and more people, more and more locations across the world are vulnerable to the impact of mass tourism, which has undoubtfully a strong impact on the environment and can influence forever local biodiversity, local culture and the experience of future visitors. Indonesia and the Gili Islands are no exception and the environment has changed dramatically due to massive tourism-related investments and the increasing presence of international visitors.