In the middle of December 2018, in preparation for Christmas, we received an email from East-West Center (EWC), Hawai’i that we receive alumni grant to start running Cahya Abisatya Innovation Lab (CAIL). The alumni grant program from EWC is given to U.S Exchange Alumni (Ais, Dita, and Ly) who attended the leadership program hosted by the institution. The new year 2019, early in the morning Bali time, we received another email from Cultural Vistas stated that we were selected as 21 projects winner of YSEALI Seeds for the future.
East-West Center is funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to hosts the Institutes for Natural Resource Managers under the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) and Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI). Starting in 2018 in partnership with the University of Montana Mansfield Center. The vision of the Institutes is to develop a vibrant network of young leaders connected to the U.S. who are equipped to create innovative solutions to 21st-century environmental challenges.
YSEALI Seeds for the Future is a small grants competition for young leaders in Southeast Asia. The competition provides funding of up to $15,000 for the region’s most promising young leaders to carry out projects that improve their communities, countries and the region. Projects cover one of the four YSEALI themes: Civic Engagement, Economic Growth, Education, and Sustainable Development. CAIL was applying for Sustainable Development and overall the lab receives funding with a total of almost 9000 USD as the pilot money to run their lab. The first pilot project called Bali Nexus Design Challenge (BNDC) 2019. (AL)