500 Wheelchairs!!

The long awaited container of wheelchairs is here!

A container of 520 wheelchairs was shipped from China by Free Wheelchair Mission, and arrived in the port at Surabaya on August 17, 2017.  Since then, due to several issues, we faced many obstacles in trying to import the container.   On August 22, 2018, the container was released by the Indonesian custom’s department, and arrived in the port of Bali.  To the right is a picture of our Access Life Bali team unloading the wheelchairs.  As you can see, they are most excited to finally have them in their hands.  These wheelchairs will be split between the two teams on Bali and Lombok.  This is the 3rd  container that ALI has imported into Indonesia. We’d like to thank everyone who gave financially and made this possible. 

STAFF FAMILY IS GROWING

Our Access Life family is growing!

We are welcoming Tony Yim as the new Chair of the Board effective January 1, 2019. (please see his introduction below)  The existing ALI Board is stepping down and making way for a new Board.  The ‘old’ board will continue to support the ‘new’ board in any way they can.  Much prayer and God’s leading is bringing this growth about.  We believe this transition will be smooth and seamless.  The work will continue and God has great things in store for Indonesia!  Please feel free to contact Diane at otr@impac-marketing.net or 714-943-5741 if you need more details. d your own text and edit me. It's easy.

Hello!  My name is Tony Yim

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I am excited to be joining Access Life!  A little about my family and me.  We live in San Clemente, CA and I work for the Newport Beach Police Department as a Homeless Liaison Officer.  What is that you ask?  Basically, I run around, create relationships with homeless residents, and try to assist them in any way I can.  I am married to wonderful Summer, and we are celebrating our 26th anniversary this month!  We have two boys:  Jordan (19) is a sophomore at NAU and Matthew (17)  a senior at San Clemente High School.

I became familiar with ALI over the last few years through friends.  Also, we love the people and country of Indonesia.  This summer I took my 5th trip there.  During this trip Summer and I got to spend time with the Access Life teams.  We were so impressed with the caliber of people working with Access Life!  They are first class, top notch, wonderful people!  We explored the possibility of helping out from the US-side of the world.  I am very humbled and honored to do so.  Thank you!

TINGA-TINGA

Tinga-Tinga

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Early in 2013 we completed a clean water project in this village on the northwest part of Bali.  The family to the right, who live in Tinga-Tinga, now have water piped right to their home, thanks to the efforts of our Access Life Bali team.

Tinga-Tinga village is far away from any tourist attractions or population centers.  It is right along the sea and the land rises quickly into hills and mountains, split by valleys.  Most of the valleys only have a dry riverbed at the bottom, but in one of these valleys, there is a small river that flows.  It is protected by a Balinese water conservation group and provides a lot of water for the rice fields closer to the ocean.  Locals are not allowed to take any water from the river except for what they can carry in a bucket.

A small community of about 60 families within Tinga-Tinga, is located right along one of these dry riverbeds.  They have been struggling to obtain a reliable water source for as long as most of the people can remember.  It is incredibly dry and hot.  Poverty is widespread.

Access Life Bali's plan was simple: dig a well and allow gravity to pipe the water 1.5 kilometers to a small network of pipes and tanks for the community.  An agreement to buy land for the well was signed, the village leaders gave their approval, and all was going very smoothly.  Then the problems started…The local water conservation group came in and opposed the community’s plan to dig a well.  They made a “new” rule, which made the planned well unfeasible.  This group has been solely in charge of the water in Bali for over 900 years, so most people, government leaders, and communities are unwilling to confront them. 

Fortunately, Access Life was able to convince the community to look for another solution.  One day a man from the community wanted to show us a small spring that his family no longer used.  He emphasized how small it was, so we weren’t too hopeful that it would be adequate for over 300 people.   It was a long, hot walk along a dry riverbed and then into a narrow gully.  The Access Life team found the water, and also found that the water supply was sufficient to provide enough water for this community.