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Grand Nikko Bali Proudly Partnered with Puspadi Bali and Inspirasia Foundation to Launch “Steps to Freedom”

April 12, 2016 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

unnamed (13)Grand Nikko Bali has great pleasure in introducing “Steps to Freedom” programme in partnership with Inspirasia Foundation and Puspadi Bali. This programme is dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with physical disabilities in Bali and Eastern Indonesia. The launching of this Corporate Social Responsibility program remarked by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by the resort’s General Manager, Jean-Charles Le Coz and the Founder of Yayasan Puspadi Bali, I Nengah Latra and the Managing Director of Annika Linden Centre, Mahomeda in the end of March 2016.

The Steps to Freedom programme aims to “Make a Life-Changing Contribution” by providing travelers with an opportunity to give back to the local community while they are travelling. Guests can actively involve in this worthy cause simply by donating the leftover holiday cash at the designated donation box located inthe hotel’s lobby area. Grand Nikko Bali is a bridge that helps to ensure that the donation is well spent and channelled to directly benefit the people in need through Puspadi Bali.

“People with disabilities are often forgotten and excluded from the community as they are unable to access proper education, health care, work and other productive activities. Grand Nikko Bali is proud to partner with Puspadi Bali and Inspirasia Foundation in this endeavour. We believe that they still have a long journey ahead serving people with disabilities simply because they deserve a place within the community,” said Jean-Charles Le Coz, the resort’s General Manager.

Puspadi Bali under the Inspirasia Foundation helps people with physical disabilities to access rehabilitation services so that they can establish their place in society as productive citizens. They run Bali’s wheelchair program and also manufacture to size artificial legs. Since 1999, Puspadi Bali has helped over 3,600 people by empowering them with life-changing orthopaedic care, mobility aids and skills for personal development and independence.

The Steps to Freedom program will commence for one year until April 2017. On top of the rehabilitation program, Steps to Freedom also aims for lasting and self-sustaining improvements for the disabled people. To build the sustainable program and support the future plan of the beneficiaries, Grand Nikko Bali will also take part in the Training and Empowerment program by providing personal and professional development courses as well as on the job training opportunity at the resort. This hopefully will enable people with disabilities to find a job and take practical steps towards economic independence and personal empowerment.

What IF a kid with a physical disability could go to school and reach her dream?

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Meet Kadek Namiani, the girl in the picture who was born to a modest family in Bali, Indonesia, with a shortened limb that had to be amputated after birth. In 2002, Puspadi Bali’s field worker found her when she was 4 years old. Kadek has been fitted with a free, made to size artificial leg every 6 to 8 months as she continues to grow. Kadek is now 16 years old and, amazingly, has been ranked #1 in her class every year since 1st grade. She is on her way to achieving her dream to become a doctor. Join us to make a change and help more people like Kadek!

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