THE STORY OF AYU DIAH
Ayu Pratiwi is a 14 year old girl from North Bali with cerebral palsy. After elementary school, Ayu’s teachers claimed that as a disabled student, she required too much attention, and she was no longer allowed in public school. Without an avenue to education, Ayu discovered and joined the YPK life skills program, where YPK teachers work with her to develop useful everyday skills to increase her independence.
It was quickly apparent to YPK teachers that Ayu was gifted in reading and writing, prompting YPK staff to encourage Ayu to enter the Indonesian national letter writing competition. Ayu, the only competitor with just an elementary school education, and the only participant with a disability, was awarded third place nationally – out of eight hundred total applicants from across Indonesia. This is an achievement that continues to inspire other YPK families and children, and make her a model for other children with disabilities.
YPK’s life skills education program allowed Ayu to realize her potential, proving to herself and peers at YPK that all kids can excel if they are just given the opportunity.
THE STORY OF KOMANG SUKRENI
Komang, a young Balinese girl, was born with a minor contracture disability in her right hand – otherwise, Komang is fully functional and very smart. Komang’s mother is a day labourer who lives and works on location in construction sites, moving around as jobs come to her. This, of course, is not the ideal environment for a little girl like Komang.
Up until 2011, Komang had never attended school. Her mother never thought it necessary or possible given her own financial means and Komang’s disability. In 2011, Komang’s family met lnspirasia grantee YPK. After one year in YPK’s integrated rehabilitation and education programs, Komang learned to write with her left hand and has been studying for her primary school equivalency degree every since. Through the Bali Sports Foundation, Komang went swimming for the first time in her life. At Komang’s second time in the pool, she charged right into the deep end and began swimming.
For a girl that was never went to schools because of her disability and grew up on construction sites, without a father, this is just the beginning of a whole life of new possibly.
THE STORY OF PAK NGAKAN
Mr. Ngakan Putu Raka is a role model and ambassador for stroke survivors. Pak Raka had a stroke four years ago and since then he has worked hard to increase his independence with daily tasks. Pak Raka lives just 500 metres from YPK rehabilitation centre and long before the Annika Linden Centre building was completed, Pak Raka was eagerly awaiting to commence his rehabilitation at the centre. He now comes to the centre almost every day to do exercises in the gym. Pak Raka is aware that the exercises provided at YPK can be done by himself at home and that this could encourage his functional skills and independence. Pak Raka is determined to be independent with feeding and washing and will continue to work hard to achieve these goals, with the assistance of the YPK rehabilitation team.
THE STORY OF IGA
Iga, aged 24, only recently heard her name for the first time. This is because she was born with a profound hearing impairment that meant she was unable to hear or communicate. Her impairments made schooling extremely difficult and following an earthquake in Jogjakarata (where she was attending school) in year six, Iga did not return to school again. Instead she focused on her passion, Batik painting, which helped her family to earn money.
Iga recently received hearing aids from the BaliRungu program and was overwhelmed to hear for the very first time. She is now working with the Audiologist from BaliRungu to support her transition to using hearing aids and to develop her communication skills. This will enable Iga to further develop her talent and skills as a Batik painter and enable her to participate in community and family activities.