Happy 23rd anniversary Wreda Sejahtera Bali Foundation

Today marks the 23rd anniversary of Wreda Sejahtera Bali Foundation. On September 8, 1988 the foundation was established, ten years before the Guidelines of State Policy and seventeen years before the issuance of the Law of Elderly Welfare by the Government of the Republic of Indonesia. The bright and relieving idea for the elderly people in Bali was brought by Professor Luh Ketut Suryani and has became the pioneer of elderly care movement in Indonesia.

“I saw the growing number of elderly population and increasing the length of life expectancy as a result of the progress achieved in development today, then those who have the experience, expertise and wisdom need to be given the opportunity to play a role in development which our government still blind and deaf to this situation”, said Professor Luh Ketut Suryani during the celebration in Denpasar with around 2000 elderly from around Bali. “We have grown and changed a lot since our humble beginnings, and we’d like our elderly people still strong and healthy in physical, mental and spiritual”, add Professor Suryani.

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Gleesome on Indonesia’s Independence

Indonesia was proclaimed an independent nation on 17th August, 1945. This declaration of independence came after Indonesia was colonized by the Dutch since the 17th century and by Japan in the years during the Second World War. Indonesia declared itself independent after Japan’s defeat in the war. However, even after this declaration of independence Netherlands refused to give up its colony and it was after much deliberations and discussions and UN interference in the matter that enabled final settlement.

“Many elderly were veteran’s war but only a little of them found recognition from our government. We want to give a chance for a bliss of happiness life to whomever born in the month of August can celebrate their birthday in a bigger family”, said Professor Luh Ketut Suryani as the leader of Wreda Sejahtera Foundation that has more than 5000 member of elderly around Bali. Despite the misery that many elderly face through their old days, this event hopes to bring some lights for the elderly people.

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Make Peace Not War in Bangli Regency

After violence broke out between two groups from Songan and Pande villages in Bangli. One person from Songan was reportedly killed, while ten Pande residents were injured. The man killed in the clashes was identified as 50-year-old Jero Wi from Songan. The massive clashes were triggered when two groups of high-school students got into a fight during a soccer competition. A student from Songan was beaten by students from Pande, after which thousands of angry Songan villagers responded with the attack, which took place in the city of Bangli.  The violence, which saw much of the regency capital shut down under subsequent tight security, was prompted by an altercation between students attending a soccer match.

After a month of the out-clashes, the Songan community leader invited Professor Luh Ketut Suryani to bring coolness and enlightenment. ” Balinese People is well known with the unique cultures, social life and Hindu religion. We use our experiences to become a better society and for this reason can the children learn how to meditate so the peaceful and happiness life can be achieved “, said Suryani during her visit to Songan village to meet with the children of the village future following with the members of Bangli’s parliament and community leaders.

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“Our Children is Our Future” Launched to Preserve the Balinese Culture

Bali’s total population at the end of 2010 stood at 3.89 million. The increase number of population has been related to the increase number of immigrants living in Bali. Deaths from traffic accidents have increased in recent years, making road wrecks Bali’s No. 3 leading cause of death, according to an official. Bali’s dramatic increase of HIV/AIDS prevalence made the island become the 2nd highest prevalence in Indonesia. There are on average 100 suicides in Bali each year, one of the highest rates in Indonesia. Unfortunately government program for family planning in Bali has been successfully made married Balinese women have an average of 2.1 children in accordance with the national target for 2015,

“I am afraid with the mortality rate in Bali increase rapidly than the baby that produce by the Balinese women will soon or later vanish the culture. Bali will be only a name for an island with no native people to preserve the culture”, said Professor Luh Ketut Suryani as she launched the “Our Children is Our Future” program to encounter Family Planning in Bali that restricted the people to have only 2 children. She also concern about the ability of the local government to protect immigrant fluctuation living in Bali. Bali’s population only 1,9 percent among 250 million Indonesia’s majority Muslim population.

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