Since 2009, Access Life INT’L has been dedicated to providING hope and care to people with disabilities and to providING clean water to villages and communities.
Access Life International, Inc. exists to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities throughout the developing world. Access Life will provide tools of access for appropriate distribution and training to individuals with a disability, in order to enable them to participate in social and community life. In addition to this, we are creating clean water systems that will provide drinking water to people right where they live.
Access Life International is currently involved in three initiatives on the islands of Bali and Lombok in Indonesia:
Helping disabled people out of the shadows. People with disabilities are not only the most deprived human beings in the developing world, they are also the most neglected. It is important to acknowledge that more than 600 million people in the world live with some form of disability. More than 400 million of them live in developing countries, often amidst poverty, isolation and despair. Not only are they, typically, the poorest of the poor, but they also need more money and help than able-bodied people to overcome their handicaps, and attempt to live normal lives.
Indonesia is in a state of water crisis. We are also partnering with local teams in the installation of clean water systems in villages that do not have access to clean and safe water.
The vast majority of Indonesia’s 220 million people still lack access to an improved water source. More than one hundred thousand children under the age of five die every year in Indonesia as a result of intestinal illness.
As Indonesia’s population grows exponentially, the burden on existing fresh water sources increases proportionately. If current trends continue, Indonesia is headed for crisis. ALI is committed to making a difference.
Twelve Values Program
Indonesia has 786 distinct ethnic groups, 707 living languages, and 6 recognized religions. Indonesians make their homes anywhere from remote villages to major urban cities spread across 6,000 inhabitable islands. As Indonesia continues to develop more infrastructure, it naturally allows these different ethnic groups, once isolated and naturally distanced from one another, to now interact with their diverse Indonesian neighbors.
In recent years, people from all various backgrounds must wrestle through how to work and live in community and in harmony together. This creates a great need to help young people learn how to interact well with others from different cultures.
The 12 Values program was designed specifically for Indonesian youth in order to promote peace and unity amongst Indonesians from diverse backgrounds, ethnic groups, religions, socioeconomic statuses, and genders. The program uses games, activities, and age-appropriate lessons to engage and teach youth the importance of valuing all people, no matter their differences.
In addition to the 12 Values program, we also provide free English language lessons to the participating students in these villages. This allows our teams to maintain an ongoing connection with the participants long after the program concludes, which increases opportunities to help students apply the learned values. Through this program, we have been privileged to build deeper relationships in several communities, not only with the youth, but with their families as well.
What We've Achieved
We have an ongoing partnership with Free Wheelchair mission in order to distribute wheelchairs to individuals with disabilities who cannot afford to purchase one.
In 2010 we received our first container of wheelchairs from Free Wheelchair Mission.
In 2013 we brought a 2nd container of wheelchairs to the islands of Bali and Lombok.
In 2018 we brought in our 3rd container of the Gen 2 & 3 wheelchairs
We have distributed over 600 wheelchairs in Bali and over 200 wheelchairs in Lombok to people with disabilities who could not otherwise afford one.
We are thankful that the children were enthusiastic in participating in the 12 Values lessons along with the English lessons. Also, we were able to visit the children’s homes and got to communicate with their parents about the Twelve Values program. We were very proud of the children’s performance at their school as there were several who ranked in the top ten of their class. It was such a blessing to see their achievements and to see the fruit of our efforts to help these children with their education.