New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia

Indonesian charity with New Zealand links helps disabled youth fulfil their dreams

Jon Neilson, an executive member of The Rehabilim Trust, with Nengah and Gede

Two physically disabled siblings from a disadvantaged family in rural Bali have a shot at making their dreams come true, thanks to the support provided by Yakkum Bali, a charity with support from and strong links to New Zealand.

Nengah and Gede were afflicted by polio in their childhood resulting in severe damage to their legs – Nengah could only crawl and her brother Gede relied heavily on a wooden rod to walk. However with the support and rehabilitation provided by Yakkum Bali over recent years, they have become high achieving, confident young adults. Nengah has achieved medals in powerlifting at national and regional level and is now set to represent Indonesia at the Para Olympics in London.

Yakkum Bali is a sister organisation to the Yogyakarta-based Yakkum Rehabilitation Centre founded in 1982 by New Zealander Colin McLenan, and now supported by the New Zealand-based Rehabilim Trust managed by another Kiwi, Bill Russell.

Read the full item on the Embassy's Facebook page here.

Of interest

United Nations Handbook 2015-16

United Nations Handbook

The UN Handbook is a comprehensive guide to the UN system and how it works.  Read more

Prime Minister's media release |

New Zealand wins Security Council seat

New Zealand has secured a place on the UN Security Council for 2015-16. Read the Prime Minister's media release

Registering your overseas travel made easier

Registering your overseas travel made easier

New Zealanders travelling or living overseas, registering your travel online now made easier. Read more | NZ Inc ASEAN strategy

NZ Inc ASEAN strategy

This regional Strategy outlines how New Zealand and ASEAN will become better connected. Read more

The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal

News about how the donations are contributing to the rebuild, ways to donate and more.