Everybody knows Bali as a 'Paradise on Earth', or even more exotic, the 'Island of the Gods'.
These descriptions of course are true, when you think about the overwhelming nature, the beautiful mountains, the distant views on the ricefields, the many beaches and don't forget the magical sunset.
Bali also has a downside. Many Balinese live a life of poverty. These people have little chance of getting proper healthcare, employment/jobs, education and welfare.
Coba Baca is a foundation, engaged in education and welfare/well-being, mainly of Balinese women and (their) children. We of Coba Baca believe that we can help these women and children to improve their lives
I am Coba Maas-Kewilaä and founder of the public library Coba Baca. I am of Moluccan origin. My parents came from the Moluccan Islands to Holland in 1950. I was born in Echt, Limburg, The Netherlands. I am living on Bali since 2005 with my husband, Peer Maas.
'Coba Baca' means in Indonesian 'Try to Read'. And purely by coincidence my first name is 'Coba'.
Coba Baca consists of two foundations. An Indonesian foundation on Bali, officially established by Decree of the Minister of Justice and Human Rights of Indonesia. The Decree is published in the State's Journal. Another foundation is established in The Netherlands, registered at the Chamber of Commerce in Utrecht.