The greatest degree of one’s inner tranquillity comes from the development of love and compassion. It is a scientific fact that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well-being becomes. Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others puts our mind at ease.
There are so many organisations in Bali focusing on helping other human beings. In Kuta, one of the well-known organisations with the main focus on breast cancer is Bali Pink Ribbon. They are actively promoting their vision to improve the quality of life and educate Indonesian women about breast cancer by conducting mass media programmes, seminars and outreach programmes around Indonesia. They also run a regular focus group to share knowledge and motivate those who are still struggling with breast cancer.
Bali Pink Ribbon
Address : Jalan Dewi Sri IV / 1, Kuta
Telephone : +62 361 8496098
Website : www.balipinkribbon.com
In Denpasar, Yayasan Senyum Indonesia helps people from Bali, Lombok and further east with craniofacial disabilities to obtain healthcare. They facilitate operations for cleft lip, palate and other craniofacial deformities, due to birth defects, accidents, or tumours. Their biggest challenge is to locate the poor people who need help because these people are usually living in very remote villages with no access to healthcare and information related to it.
Yayasan Senyum Indonesia
Address : Jalan Pulau Aru #9, Sanglah, Denpasar
Telephone : +62 361 233758
Website : www.senyumbali.org
Still in the same area, The Lighthouse Bali offers a unique sanctuary and recovery programme for those struggling in the troubled waters of addiction. Setting up individual programmes for each person until they recover sufficiently to set out on their new journey, this organisation has two primary areas of focus; private substance abuse treatment programmes for individuals struggling with addiction, and outreach to those in Indonesia struggling to meet basic needs including education programmes for addiction, harm reduction, HIV and AIDS.
They commit to never take more than 3 patients at one time by providing a one-on-one care programmes with support staff who deliver counselling, education, recovery workshops and self-care wellness programmes. Once a patient reaches the recovery stage of their programme, he/she is encouraged to participate in the organisation’s community outreach programmes (motivating local children who live in marginalised communities, participating in animal refuge centres, or assisting villagers who have been evacuated from Mount Agung). As the crisis of addiction continues around the world, it is nice to know that the beam of light from The Lighthouse Bali shines on as a true beacon of hope.
The Lighthouse Bali
Website : www.thelighthousebali.org
Going a bit to the east side, John Fawcett Foundation (JFF) was founded to eradicate blindness and reduce its effect on the Indonesian people. Carrying the mission to identify and operate on as many of Indonesia’s cataract victims as they can, they bring out their experienced team to travel deep into Bali’s remote villages screening village people who are present with eye problems. They provide glasses and eye drops for those who need it, as well as identify those who are blind with cataracts. Since they bring along ophthalmologists, nurses, technicians and support personnel, the cataract blind can be operated on the spot in a safe, sterile ophthalmic theatre.
Up to this day, JFF has given 48,000 Indonesians the free-gift of sight, and is planning to increase its output of cataract surgeries by partnering with private ophthalmic outreach clinics across the country. They are confident enough to reach more in need and increase its annual output from around 2,500 to over 10,000 operations.
John Fawcett Foundation
Address : Jalan Pengembak 16, Blanjong, Sanur
Telephone : +62 361 270812
Website : www.johnfawcett.org
Travelling north to Ubud, Bumi Sehat Foundation focuses their mission to reduce maternal and child mortality by providing health services for pregnant women and children under the age of five. Not just limited to general health check-ups, with their professional team who are mostly midwives, they also do emergency care, prenatal, postpartum, birth services and breastfeeding support. In addition to that, they are working with local communities to create healthcare and youth education programmes.
Anyone passionate and knowledgable in each respective field can be part of these organisations. If you don’t want to be actively involved, you can still support by spreading the good word regarding these organisations on social media. It is never too late to start something good, and it should never be beneath you to help the needy. To love others by helping them, even in the smallest possible way, can make an enormous difference in their lives. After all, the more you give, the more you will receive.
Bumi Sehat Foundation
Address : Jalan Nyuh Bulan, Nyuh Kuning, Mas, Ubud
Telephone : +62 361 970002
Website : www.bumisehatfoundation.org