The third annual trip to the East Bali Cashew factory and Early Learning Center saw Stamford American teachers Dewi Amri, Moselle Blair, and Matthew Holmes travelled to rural Desa Ban in Northeast Bali for a week of teacher mentoring and curriculum development with local teachers and students. Over the past three years, Stamford American teachers have seen positive changes in the facilities, employees, and student enrolment as the factory has continued to expand its production and influence within the rural community. East Bali Cashew employs over 120 staff, most of which are women, and provides health treatment, fresh meals, and education for families within the company at their Early Learning Center.
Due to its business growth, sustainable practices and positive community influence, East Bali Cashew was recently awarded the US Secretary's Award for Corporate Excellence for sustainable business practices. The award was received by three local factory employees at a White House ceremony in Washington D.C. last month.
Similarly, the school has come a long way in the past three years. Local teachers have been provided continuous trainings from Stamford American teachers as well as other organisations around Bali. Students and teachers at the school continue to exemplify the motto of 'happy, healthy, smart' as they work to increase education in the region. East Bali Cashew has plans for continued development in many forms as they increase production and distribute internationally. Many projects are in the works at the factory and surrounding East Bali.