PUSPADI Bali is the only NGO on the island with its own workshop providing quality prosthetics, orthotics, wheelchairs, mobility aids and rehabilitation to people with disabilities.
Based at the Annika Linden Centre in Denpasar, our skilled local staff discuss with the person with a disability about their needs, before doing assessments and providing them with an appropriately fitted mobility aid/s.
The people we support are mainly from remote or impoverished areas of Bali and East Indonesia.
They need mobility aids because of a congenital birth defect, motorbike accident, falling out of a tree or due to polio, diabetes and other medical issues.
We see the solution as more than giving out quality mobility aids – and it requires a multifaceted approach combining the person with a disability’s voice with quality rehabilitation and educational and training opportunities.
This empowers them to be the best version of themselves.
When people with disabilities can exercise their right to access quality mobility aids and support, they’re given the tools to actively defend their rights – and be independent, work, study and socialise – as well as be part of their communities.
Prosthetics & Orthotics
Our team of Balinese and Indonesian technical staff provide prosthetics and orthotics (above and below knee), mobility aids, braces and AFOs to more than 5,500 people with disabilities in Bali and East Indonesia.
Children need a new prosthesis or orthosis every 6 to 12 months, and adults will need a new one, on average, every 2 years.
Furthermore, we connect people with disabilities with organisations that offer corrective surgery for conditions including club foot, and cleft palate, to improve balance, coordination, functionality and independence.
We support each person with a disability that needs our services for life, from when they are children, teenagers or adults and throughout their journey.
Without PUSPADI Bali, the people of Bali and East Indonesia would have to travel to Java to get a prosthetic leg or repair – which is out of the financial reach for poor or middle-income families.
PUSPADI Bali helps people with disabilities who are hiding away in their homes or shunned in their communities to access adaptive wheelchairs which give them an outlet to the world.
In 2011, PUSPADI Bali partnered with the United Cerebral Palsy Wheels for Humanity (UCP WFH) to develop the first adaptive wheelchair program in Bali.
We provide five different types of wheelchairs (including Standard, Expression, Roughrider, Motivation Active Folding and Rough Terrain ones) because we understand people with disabilities live in remote, treacherous, or inaccessible as well as urban parts of Bali and East Indonesia.
Since our partnership with UCPWH began, people with disabilities in Bali and East Indonesia now have their own appropriately fitted wheelchair.
They can move about their homes, be independent, work, study and have greater interaction in their communities.
Every week, people with physical disabilities are learning to walk with new mobility aids in our workshop – so that they are independent, confident, fulfilled individuals.
They bring will and motivation to regain their independence so they don’t have to rely solely on others to move around or meet their basic needs.
It’s a continual journey to adapt to their new prosthetic, orthotic or brace (which can take weeks or months), but they have had the best start in life as they regain their independence and ability to walk.
We are there for as long as it takes for a person with a disability to adapt to their prosthetic leg or orthotic.
Our team will do everything possible to ensure people with disabilities can lead the life they want.
In consultation with partner organisations, PUSPADI Bali helps to facilitate access to education for children with physical disabilities.
UNICEF estimates there are at least 93 million children with disabilities in the world, but numbers could be much higher – and they are often likely to be among the poorest members of the population – and less likely to attend school, access medical services, or have their voices heard.
We’ll continue fighting for the rights of children with disabilities in Bali and East Indonesia to equally be able to go to to quality schools and interact with people of all abilities.
Soft & Hard Skill Training
Building people with a disability’s confidence and potential to find work through our Soft & Hard Skills Training Program, by helping them prepare CVs and improve their English and computer skills.
Through collaborating with DNetwork and organisations, PUSPADI Bali facilitates people with disabilities to access jobs and placements so that they build their confidence, professional skills, and economic independence.