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Solemen Comes to the Rescue Turning Around the Lives of One of Baliís Most Impoverished Extended Families


Founded in 2010, Sole Men Indonesia (Solemen) is a non-profit foundation seeking to help severely disadvantaged people of Bali.

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Working with accredited agencies and projects that ameliorate human suffering and support the disadvantaged in Bali, Solemen provide health and safety education, while seekin to respect and protect the environment.

Run entirely by unpaid volunteers, Solemen is well known for their urgent intervention in cases of almost unspeakable suffering, using a tried and tested hands-on approach to assist those so destitute that they sometime fall outside Bali’s rudimentary safety net.

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Sole Men’s ‘OUTREACH’ crew searches out and are able to react immediately to assess and action the alleviation of individual cases of suffering. This often means driving immediately to the person or people who needs help and immediately taking them for assistance and, where appropriate, therapy and/or medical treatment at one of their strategic partner units.

One year ago Solemen found 29 people sharing a small hovel and a single toilet in Denpasar. Eight were children were so severely disabled and impoverished that they spent their entire existence writhing on a dirty floor. Disabilities included muscular dystrophy and global developmental delay. Nearby, another family member, Ni Luh Indah, suffered from cerebral palsy.

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Solemen sprang into action by assessing the immediate and long tern needs of the family and undertaking fund-raising activities to ensure those plans came to fruition.  What followed was medical treatment by specialists, physical and occupational therapy, and a balanced diet and wheelchairs - all combined to literally lift the situation of this large extended family.

Moving at full speed Solemen and supportive members of the community organized fundraising events at Hard Rock Hotel and Hard Rock Café in Bali, including a charity performance headlined by popular Indonesian’s bands Superman is Dead and Navicula.

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Despair was supplanted by smiles and hope. The family was removed from their squalid location and installed in new housing surrounded by permaculture gardens that provides sustenance and a modest  income stream.

With help from Bali’s Governor Made Mangku Pastika, Solemen obtained a plot of land in Denpasar that has allowed the construction of two modest houses and supporting permaculture gardens. The house and garden have been designed for wheelchair access that allows participation in a whole range of activities for children who, only a year ago, spent their day reclined on a hard floor.

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The children now have a large play area and the government has agreed to provide transport to their free treatment centre at Yakkum Bali Rehabilitation Centre, with whom Solemen works closely.

Governor Paatika expressed his thanks to Solemen for bringing the sad plight of these families to his attention.  The Governior's team has pledged to collaborate further in future projects with Solemen.

Solemen Founder, Robert Epstone said: "This represents the best possible outcome we could have hoped for these families. The quality of their lives will be further enhanced and now we can help others in need at our permaculture project. Solemen are delighted to see the government replicate our program to help more people in need."

Pictures on, taken at the new housing with Bali's Governor and Solemen in attenndance, tell the story best.

Solemen Website 

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