Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Great hope in Bali

And some confusion too?

YAMACK is a philanthropic (non-profit) organisation based in Bali, founded in 1998:

Today's Bali Beyond magazine (serving '18,000 islands' – blimey!) reports that YAMACK is hoping to raise $750,000 to establish a Conductive Education centre. It estimates that there are some five to eight thousand disabled children under the age of sixteen in Bali, served by a limited range of services.

The centre, to be built in Kerobokan, will be called 'The Matahari Terbit Center' (Yes, this is exactly what I cut and pasted from the magazine report, and that is what the centre is called on its webpage:

In the Indonesian language, matahari terbit means sunrise (from the first word of which, meaning 'the eye of the sun' or 'day', the alledged spy, Mata Hari, shot as a spy by the French, had taken her stage name).

How it is hoped to work

What will the center provide?
Professional staff & therapists
Center of Conductive Education, free of charge
To provide a center where children, under 16 years, with physical disabilities can come, to receive education and therapy, to help them to achieve self respect and independence
The center will work with professional colleagues from a wide range of disciplines, including medical staff, therapists and alternative therapists.
Daily program based on sound holistic principles
The two hourly conductive education program will be followed by a session with one of the further therapies offered, i.e. physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy or alternative therapy.
Why conductive education?
Conductive education is a holistic style of therapy and approaches the needs of the child as one need. It is appropriate for all children with mobility and motor related disabilities.
Conductive education uses techniques which incorporate physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and education into one program.
What therapies will be available?
The center will provide the type of therapies that are currently in place internationally: therapies that are recognised as effective and manageable, therapies we can adapt to our current environment while still understanding that these are respected worldwide.
The center will provide a training center for Indonesian staff to learn these therapy techniques.
How will the center be staffed?
- Run by a qualified conductor and 6 Indonesian staff
- All staff trained in therapy and programming techniques by the conductor, with the aim of becoming trainers themselves as the center develops
The center currently has 7 confirmed volunteers who are therapeutic professionals
What about specialists?
We will invite professionals with therapeutic expertise on a voluntary basis, including homeopaths, naturopaths, speech therapists, physiotherapists, Body Talk practitioners, Rolfing techniques, cranio-sacral therapy, Reiki, nutritional advisors, and play therapists.
Encourage interns from training centers around the world, or those practising locally, to volunteer and gain experience.

It looks like construction of the building, designed by a German architect, may have already commenced. An artist's impression looks all that you might hope of it.


– (2010)  As the sun rises, Bali & Beyond Magazine, 6 October

1 comment:

  1. "Conductive education is a holistic style of therapy ..."

    You know what I'm going to say ... but good luck to them anyway.