This year’s report starts with an impression of the foundation’s activities during the working visit to Indonesia in the period from mid-February to early May. During the visit, new long-term projects started, a number of individual requests were organised and new co-operative alliances began and there was also an investigation of new aid projects under the umbrella of APA Foundation but not aimed specifically at young people with a handicap. These are helping street children and the creation of a study fund for disadvantaged young people in Asia in general.
Stichting High 5 Rehab
Many new contacts have been made and alliances entered into. One example is the contact with Marieke de Wit, a Dutch physiotherapist who has been working in northern Bali for eighteen months with her own foundation, High 5 Rehab. Ms de Wit and her husband have set up a small centre where they treat and supervise handicapped children completely without charge. As well as physiotherapy, they offer other activities to enhance ADL (day-to-day living) independence and functioning in general. (See www.high5rehab.org)
Working with APA Foundation, Marieke de Wit has examined a number of children and young people and made recommendations on treatment and provision of suitable aids.
A new project for APA Foundation is setting up outlets selling items made by young people with a handicap and the Senang Hati foundation was visited in connection with this. (See Long-term projects.) Senang Hati was set up with the help of Yantin, contact for the Liliane Fonds and seconded by VSO Netherlands, but is run by young people with a handicap. Senang Hati's aim is the integration of handicapped people in society. It does this in part by organising free workshops and courses for handicapped people by handicapped people at the centre. (A small contribution is requested if someone wants to stay at the centre for any length of time.)
The aim of these activities is for these young people to master skills and so have a better chance of finding work or moving on to a course elsewhere. They take part with great involvement and enthusiasm. It also sells items made by young people with a handicap through its own gallery and retail points all over Bali. The way sales to third parties are organised needs more attention as Senang Hati's selling prices to retailers and customers are currently too far out of line and the price difference benefits the middlemen and not Senang Hati. This will be part of the co-operation with APA Foundation. Senang Hati is also able to print t-shirts. APA Foundation plans to place an order in the future using the Hans Mader cartoons (see 2003: cartoons).
Toko Sari Mekar and Restaurant Semina
APA Foundation is being assisted with two new long-term projects by ibu Made Witari of Toko Sari Mekar and the owner of the Semina Restaurant, both in Lovina, both of whom are lending a hand without any financial reward. APA Foundation had to relocate its goods storage and Ibu Made and her family have made space available at a favourable price, for which we are grateful.
Alliance with a contractor for housing modification
The Foundation has been pleased to work with Bp. Komang Agung, contractors as part of modifying Jojon's housing (see 2005: Jojon). The intention is that other projects will be managed by this contractor in the future. If the staff of APA Foundation are not on site to discuss the work with the contractor, the mediator will do the honours.
Contacts with other aid providers
New contacts have been formed with other organisations and aid bodies including a married couple from Australia who supply rehabilitation aids to various organisations and who have said they will work with APA Foundation. One item being examined is whether they can develop a prototype portable shower and commode in Australia which can be manufactured in Indonesia.
One of the long-term projects set up this year was the 'retail project' using the shop-in-shop concept. This creates retail outlets, without having to set up a complete shop, where young people with a handicap can offer items they have made for sale. The retail outlet may be in a shop or perhaps a hotel or restaurant. For the try-out, ibu Made Witari and her husband were prepared to set up a display of these items in their shop free of charge. Ibu Made is an old friend of the foundation who in the past has introduced applicants for assistance, in particular her neighbour, Ketut Kartawa, and Komang and Arini who live in the area. The shop is on the main road from Singaraja to Seririt and attracts tourists with colourful traditional articles such as decorations for domestic shrines and ceremonies.
The customers also include local people. There is a display of articles and a photo and description of the maker at the front of the shop. There is also a transparent box for payments or donations by customers. Participants in this project also gain experience in managing and investing their own income. They get a small amount of start-up capital in the form of material purchased by the foundation. 50% of the income from the sale of the articles (less 10% to cover expenses incurred by the foundation) is paid directly to the person concerned and the other 50% is managed and used to purchase material to produce new articles for sale. The income is and will remain for the participant, however. This introduces a system of saving and investing and APA Foundation's funds are only used for start-up capital. Please see 'retail project' on the project page (see 2005: Retail project) for more information on the design and philosophy of the project.
Initially, two young people, Wayan (see 2005: Wayan) and Arini (see 2002: Arini & Sudike), were selected to make and offer items for sale.
Wayan is a woodworker and will make small wooden objects and jewellery which are attractive in design and price for tourists. Arini paints wooden dolphins. A space has also been set up for children put forward by Marieke de Wit who make goods for sale in therapy time or otherwise. The children do not, however, take part in the savings and investment part; the entire sales proceeds are paid to them direct.
’Meal Project’ forerunner
The second long-term project started in the Semina Restaurant. APA Foundation has been able to add its own menu to the normal menu, offering dishes for the "APA Care Meal". The menu offers five traditional vegetarian dishes that allow the diner to make a small contribution of Rp. 5,000 (= € 0.45) per meal to the foundation's work. The owner has agreed that the dishes are offered for a reasonable price so that the total price, including the Rp. 5,000, is about the same for the customer as similar dishes on the restaurant menu.
This project has a two aims. The first is to help finance mainly local projects of APA Foundation and to draw the situation of handicapped people in Bali to the attention of a wider audience, especially tourists. The second aim is that elements serve as a try-out for the "Meal Project" for street children that APA Foundation wants to start in the future. It is a way to find out if diners/tourists are prepared to pay a tiny amount extra for a meal or side-order to support a good cause. This information can be used later when setting up a restaurant in combination with a Meal Project for street children. There will also be an investigation of whether such a restaurant could employ young people with a handicap.
The Semina Restaurant is a "friendly" restaurant with a good kitchen offering a range of traditional meals. If there are enough guests, a dance performance is arranged each evening. The restaurant is fairly busy and is in a street off the main street in Singaraja Seririt, towards the beach. The owner is not paid for his co-operation, but can benefit from the PR and goodwill of the diners. The retail project and the food/restaurant project are managed by Kadek Wira.
Some of the assistance to young people with a handicap in the period mid-February to the end of April is discussed below. Applications still under consideration are not listed. There is an agreement with the recipient of each aid supplied which explains that although it is in principle provided for an unlimited period, it can be taken back if it is not being used any more, for example, because a more suitable aid becomes available to the user.
The working visit by APA Foundation to Indonesia this year started in Jakarta, Java. This kept a long-standing promise. The foundation came into contact with Deni in 2003 and he was promised that in due course there would be an attempt to provide him with a suitable wheelchair. The Harting-bank, Revalidatie Techniek, The Hague, made a new child's wheelchair available for him. Deni uses the wheelchair at school. (See 2003: Deni and update)
Old friends were visited in Bali to see how they were getting on and whether they needed more assistance. One of them is Ketut Kartawa, a polio patient and father of two children who was in a road accident three years ago. There were no funds for a proper diagnosis or treatment. For months he was confined to bed, in pain. Shortly before leaving Bali, staff of APA Foundation had supplied Ketut with a walking frame which allowed him to learn to walk better. Two years later Ketut was visited again. He is walking much better but unfortunately his spine is even more deformed (scoliosis). After studying x-rays and in consultation with Marieke de Wit and the occupational therapist of APA Foundation, Ketut was measured for a brace to support his left leg and improve his posture. The brace was offered by Marieke de Wit of Stichting High 5 Rehab.
The brace is intended for walking short distances. To avoid overburdening his right leg and back, Ketut has a wheelchair from APA Foundation for longer distances. Ketut was told about workshops and courses at Senang Hati. (see 2003: Kartawa)
Assistance to Edi is another example of co-operation between APA Foundation and Marieke de Wit. Edi was nominated to the foundation by our mediator Kadek Wira. Edi is 10-year-old boy who is not ADL (day-to-day living) independent and has limited walking ability as a result of cerebral palsy. Originally, Kadek had provided him with a wheelchair from the foundation, but further investigation showed that Edi might be able to walk independently with the right assistance and training. Marieke de Wit was prepared to treat Edi free of charge. Transport twice a week for Edi and his mother is paid by High 5 Rehab. The idea is that Edi first learns to walk with a walking frame; APA Foundation Edi has now supplied a child's walking frame to replace the wheelchair. According to Marieke de Wit, Edi is making good progress.
Edi is able to cycle! But his bike was much too small, had no pedals and the saddle was completely worn out. APA Foundation has supplied him with a new bicycle. (See 2005: Edi)
Jojon, a 12-year-old boy with progressive muscular dystrophy, is being treated by Marieke de Wit. In a short time he has become wheelchair dependent and he is also losing the strength in his arms and hands. His general physical condition is deteriorating. Marieke de Wit has proposed modifications to his home, in the hope that they can improve his quality of life. Since the death of his father, Jojon has lived with his mother and they have to manage on a very small income. His bedroom, the kamar mandi (toilet and washroom) and kitchen were inaccessible because of a step and because the doors were too narrow for the wheelchair. The layout and interior of the bathroom and his limited strength made it almost impossible for Jojon to use the toilet independently and look after himself.
As a result of the modifications to the house, Jojon is no longer dependent on others. He can get to all parts of the house in his wheelchair and manage for himself in the kamar mandi. (See 2005: Jojon)
Arini is taking part in the retail project. (For more information on how the participants build up experience of managing and investing their income through the "savings system", see "Retail project" in Long-term projects and 2005: Retail project). In the past she had orders for colourful, crocheted hats, but was paid very little. Other people helped her with the crocheting. This source of income stopped, however, as she did not receive any more orders. And this happened when her father has been unable to walk or work for a while following a fall from a palm tree. As a result, the family is even more dependent on the income of the grown-up and younger children. It was agreed after discussions that she should make something else as the market for crocheted hats is currently not very large.
As a try-out, Arini has started decorating wooden dolphins made by local woodworkers and bought for her by APA Foundation. The idea is that Arini will herself decide which articles to make and sell.
Arini used home-made crutches to move around. These were uncomfortable to use and not suitable for her height. Arini is used to moving on crutches and is very proficient in this. In view of her physical condition and abilities, these seem to be the most suitable aid for her at the moment. APA Foundation has provided her with a new pair of adjustable crutches. (2002: Arini & Sudike)
Ogi and Dika
Ogi was supplied with a small wheelchair by APA Foundation. Ogi and his brother Dika both have progressive muscular dystrophy. Previously they had to share one wheelchair, but now the younger boy also has one of his own. Both are being treated by Marieke de Wit who has requested modifications to their home and, after discussion, a recommendation has been made on this.
During a home visit, we discovered that the parents, who currently live with the father's parents, are planning to build their own small house, making allowance for the abilities and limitations of their two sons. The parents have asked APA Foundation for advice on modifying the house. As they have little money, they have also asked for a financial contribution to the building costs. When building work started, the staff of APA Foundation had returned to the Netherlands. It was agreed that the plans could be carried out by our mediator and under supervision of Bp. Komang Agung when the kamar mandi is build and fitted out. (See "Activities the Netherlands".) For the time being the two boys have an aid, a urinal, so that they do not always need to be taken to the toilet. (See 2005: Dika & Ogi)
Wayan is a young man, 20 years old. He is a polio patient and his right leg is shortened and not properly developed. Wayan is a woodworker and can earn some money in this way. He makes very attractive and detailed wooden decorations for houses and temples. In the past, he got orders from the village and through contacts, but currently there is little work for him. His main question, therefore, was whether the foundation could help him into work. He preferred to live at home or locally. Attempts to get work for him in a woodwork workshop a few kilometres away in Panji have not been successful (there is a workshop In Panji where several handicapped people work.) Consequently, Wayan is participating in the retail project and, sponsored by APA Foundation, is getting the opportunity to build up experience as a small independent businessman. (See 2005: Wayan)
Activities in Indonesia
Staff of APA Foundation considered the applications for assistance received while they were away. They also evaluated the activities undertaken by the mediators. A number of applications have been approved, others have not yet been achieved or have been referred to other bodies. An example of an application requiring further study is a request from SMA in Klungkung (School and home for children with a handicap) for recruiting a needlework teacher. As the type and continuity of lessons are not yet certain, the foundation has decided for the time being not to pay a fee for a teacher whose name is not yet known. The foundation is sticking to the principle that no cash is paid out where the spending is the responsibility of a third party.
An application for mobility aids and hearing aids for a large group of patients in a hospital in Klungkung submitted by our mediator ibu Manoppo is an example of a referral. Many of this group of applicants are outside our target group in terms of age and diagnosis and there were no suitable wheelchairs or mobility aids in store for the people who are in the target group. Ibu Manoppo was referred to Yantin, who works for the Liliane Fonds and Senang Hati, who had a number of wheelchairs available and who could also get hearing aids made through Senang Hati. Sang Ayu, a young woman who in the past had received a sewing machine from APA Foundation, was also referred to Yantin with her application for a motorised tricycle.
Many of the young people with whom there was contact in the past have stayed in touch. This year too, a number of them were visited to see how they were doing. Komang Sumiasih, for example, is no longer following further education. She lives at home and makes a contribution to the family income by making offerings for daily rituals, which her mother sells at the market. Komang Sedana, who in the past had borrowed a pair of crutches because of a leg amputation, has received an artificial leg through an acquaintance. The crutches he no longer uses have been returned to be used by other applicants. Opportunities have been discussed with him about attending various painting and airbrushing courses which can be followed free of charge at Senang Hati. Komang started lessons but had to stop for financial reasons. Sang Ayu was supplied with a sewing machine in 2002 but after further education has gone to Denpasar to learn more needlework skills.
This year preparations for home modification work have taken up a lot of time. It took a lot of time and effort to find the right contractor, in terms of skill and price, and also to find the right tools and aids for example, in sanitary products. Mainly because a concept also had to be developed for processing home modification applications in the absence of the APA Foundation's staff. Eventually the foundation was satisfied and happy with the alliance with Bp. Komang Agung.
New storage space
New storage space for goods had to be found. After an intensive search, suitable storage was found with a married couple, Made Witari who are offering space for a reasonable price. Virtue was made of the necessity; all the rehabilitation aids were inspected and cleaned before being moved.
This year a child ?s wheelchair, 3 pairs of crutches and 3 walking sticks were taken from the Netherlands. All aids, some of which have been stored for a while, are checked and serviced in Indonesia. Wheelchairs are made ready for use, meaning repairing or replacing tyres, cleaned of rust, footrests repaired and welded and cleaned. The child's wheelchair, donated by Tacko Horn, was cleaned up and supplied to Ogi. (See 2005: Dika & Ogi)
There was a study of the circumstances of handicapped young people in terms of poverty and discrimination, with a view to new projects. It focused on issues such as aid and integration of disadvantaged young people in the community and ways of achieving this. A workshop in Panji, where woodworking is done by a number of handicapped people, was visited in connection with aid to young people with a handicap and helping them follow skills training or earn an income. The Senang Hati foundation, which offers young people with a handicap the opportunity to attend a workshop or course free of charge was visited. It also organises a range of activities to promote the integration of handicapped people into everyday life. Existing initiatives for selling items made by handicapped people, such as the Kupu Kupu shop/gallery in Ubud, are being examined.
APA Foundation is considering also focusing on assisting street children in the future. A study was made of the circumstances of children in this target group in Bali. Existing forms of assistance were studied, including a visit to the Lion King home for street children in Singaraja, where 32 children live. They have permanent accommodation, supervision, medical care and education. Frankie and Marinka, a Dutch couple who set up and run the home, give priority to good care. They shared experiences with staff of the foundation and provided a lot of information on the circumstances of street children in and around Singaraja and elsewhere in Bali.
The project started in the Semina Restaurant is intended to raise attention for the activities of APA Foundation and get financial support. It is also forerunner of the "Meal Project" on Foundation APA's agenda to help street children. Preparing this project took a lot of time and energy in finding a suitable restaurant and the related negotiations.
Activities in the Netherlands
In the Netherlands, contacts are maintained with bodies which have supplied the foundation with rehabilitation aids in the past. New contacts have also been made with businesses and organisations to get parts such as tyres for wheelchairs.
A small working group has been set up to organise aid projects for street children. It includes Mr F. den Burger and Marlijn Lelieveld. Other long-term projects such as the "retail project" and the study fund for disadvantaged young people are being developed and organised.
Support of other aid organisations
APA Foundation has received some rehabilitation aids (2 child's walking frames and a walking trainer) and passed them on to Stichting High 5 Rehab.
Since 1998, APA Foundation has mediated in the annual donation to the Liliane Fonds by Bebob Design B.V., Amsterdam, from sales of GISO Lighting. After discussion, part of this turnover goes to a regular mediator, Sister Merlit, and young handicapped people in need near Delhi, India. (See NL1998 APA-Liliane Fonds-Bebob Design B.V.)
Co-ordination of home modifications
An initial project was the construction of a modified bathroom for Ogi and Dika. The building work was co-ordinated from the Netherlands in September with on-site help from mediator Kadek. The family of Ogi and Dika are building a small house that is suited to the abilities and limitations of the children. The set up and construction of the washroom is being paid by APA Foundation. A drawing was made during the stay of our staff in Bali. The work will be carried out under the supervision of Bp. Agung. The result will be seen on site in due course.
All expenses are initially paid by APA Foundation, but sponsors are being sought for a number of projects. (See the project descriptions). (The descriptions state the costs, but freight costs incurred in the past are not listed as the charge covered a large shipment. Furthermore, not all expenses, such as the start-up costs of participating in the retail project, copying and telephone are listed as they are covered by the staff of the foundation themselves so that the funds of APA Foundation are not drawn on and all the funds can be spent on the projects. A loyal group of people, including the website manager and the translator, also offer support. To date, any costs for website construction and maintenance, printing, etc. have been borne by Bebob Design B.V.)
Harting-bank, The Hague, donated a child's wheelchair which Deni is already using (see above and 2003: Deni and "update"). The foundation has also received 2 child's walking frames, a walking trainer with a push-bar and an adjustable child's stool from Harting-bank.
Rolko, Nieuwegein, was kind enough to offer a set of large and small tyres and inner tubes free of charge as replacements for worn-out tyres for a wheelchair in the depot in Bali.
Mrs Scholz of Aerdenhout, gave the foundation a walking frame for adults.
Tabitha nursing home, Amsterdam, donated 3 second-hand wheelchairs.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone!