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Activities Continue During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Our hopes last July that the COVID-19 pandemic would be quickly controlled and allow activities to return to normal by now have been dashed and although we’ve had no income, we could not lay off our dedicated small team of artisans who all have families to support. We are though pleased to report that we’ve all adapted to the “new normal,” life has continued and by following strict coronavirus protocols, our Bamboo Team, students in our 6 EBPP Schools and our 19 Ban Village communities remain safe and healthy.

A huge disappointment has been the recent upsurge of COVID-19 infections in the UK since we sent our custom bike frames to our UK partner, Netham Bamboo, who were starting to fill their order book - but they’ve had to return to lockdown and no further orders yet. However, on the positive side, our Bamboo Team has kept busy with various activities summarised below.

Bamboo Marine Animals

In preparation for department stores, handicraft shops and toy stores resuming business in In Indonesia and Germany, our key target markets, our team have made 20 sets of the beautiful marine life bamboo toys that our former German interns had designed and started researching and promoting in Germany, which has not taken off due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. We remain optimistic and are ready!