Comprising approximately 17,508 islands and over 238 million people, Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country. 58% of the population lives on Java, the world’s most populous island. Despite having abundant natural resources, poverty remains widespread in Indonesia.
People with disabilities are sadly considered an embarrassment. A significant struggle faced by people with disabilities is the belief that their disabilities are a punishment from God for sin. In Java and Bali in particular, a person with a disability is believed to be possessed by a supernatural spirit which must be exorcised.
PUSPADI Bali assists people with physical disabilities to access rehabilitation services so that they can establish their place in society as productive citizens. Established in 1999, PUSPADI Bali is a local NGO committed to improving the lives of people with physical disabilities throughout Bali and Eastern Indonesia, and strives towards an inclusive society in which people with disabilities are treated equally and provided with the same opportunities as others.