Few tourists are aware that Bali has a staggering poverty rate, and malnutrition in children and malnutrition in elderly further increases an individual’s risk of naturally developing general poor health or chronic diseases. 50% live on less than $2 a day

Now Covid has decimated the Bali economy.  Many people in Bali are under unprecedented financial pressure and have had to sell off much of what they own simply put food on the table to feed their families.

Now, many have lost everything and are literally starving.

Solemen Indonesia as for the last 11 years has brought hope and changed lives amongst the most needy in Bali.

In their hour of need, Robert and his team of Solemates have pledged to assist as many as possible but are now having to turn away hungry families every day.

Outreach director Sarah Chapman says it breaks her heart to see stunted and hungry children during outreach visits. ‘I wish we could feed them all, but we just can’t. It’s not just the kids; we’re seeing evidence of starvation amongst the elderly.’

Your donation helps

  • To buy nutritious food parcels for malnourished children and malnourished adults
  • To buy medicine for our mental health patients who are frequently locked up by their families due to aggressive or uncontrollable behaviour

  • To keep our Outreach team on the road

Finns Bali are proud of their long standing relationship with Solemen and its passionate founder, miracle man, Robert Epstone.  They have pledged to help Robert, Sarah, and the crew at Solemen by donating IDR 1 billion ($88,000.00 AUD) per year to help Solemen, but we can’t do that alone.

How you can help

This month, we are running the Bali Hunger Relief Campaign ( We aim to raise $20,000 to feed families who literally have nothing.

We ask humbly, please donate now – and support the people of Bali.

$35 per week (around a cup of coffee per day) would end hunger for an entire family

You can, right now, make a huge difference.

Consider supporting Solemen by becoming a regular donor

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is a 3 years old little girl from Karangasem who was born with Spina Bifida. She underwent successful surgery and is now a happy and healthy toddler achieving her developmental milestones.

Sponsorship needs:
– Food parcel IDR 800k/month (AUS$80)
– Pediasure 2 tins 500k/month (AUS$50)



Rianka & Supriani

Rianka adalah seorang anak laki-laki berusia 4 tahun yang tinggal di Badung. Dia memiliki kelainan jantung yang parah yang membutuhkan serangkaian operasi di Jakarta.

Supriani adalah gadis berusia 11 tahun dari Gianyar. Dia lahir dengan kelainan jantung parah yang membutuhkan operasi di Jakarta.

Kedua anak tersebut sekarang menjalani kehidupan yang utuh dan jauh lebih sehat. Mereka dipantau oleh spesialis setiap 3 bulan.

Perlu sponsor:
– Paket makanan IDR 800rb / bulan (AUS $ 80)
– Pastikan 2 kaleng IDR 500k / bulan (AUS $ 50)
– Pemeriksaan kesehatan 3 bulanan 1 juta IDR / bulan (AUS $ 100)



Love in the Time of Covid

Apakah Anda ingat novel terkenal Love in the Time of Cholera oleh penulis pemenang Hadiah Nobel Gabriel García Márquez? Ini adalah kisah cinta dan gairah yang terletak pada saat wabah kolera. Novel ini membangkitkan semangat karena menggambarkan kemenangan cinta atas kesulitan, pengkhianatan, dan ancaman epidemi yang mengerikan. Itu bergema hari ini ketika dunia bergulat dengan peristiwa pandemi Covid saat ini. Cinta dan gairah terkadang menjadi satu-satunya senjata yang kita miliki untuk memerangi hal-hal negatif yang ditimbulkan oleh masa-masa yang menghebohkan ini. Cinta dan semangat adalah yang memotivasi dan menopang kami setiap hari saat kami mengirimkan tim Solemen Outreach untuk membawa makanan, obat-obatan, perhatian, dan cinta kepada banyak Solebuddies kami yang sangat terpengaruh oleh pergantian acara. Meskipun kami terpaksa secara drastis membatasi kegiatan kami karena kurangnya dana, sponsor dan donasi, kami tetap berusaha memberikan bantuan jika kami bisa. Solemen Food Drive berlanjut berkat banyak mitra supermarket kami dan pelanggan penuh kasih mereka yang menyumbang secara gratis ke tempat sampah pengumpulan makanan kami. Itu semua karena mereka, dan Anda, pendukung setia kami, sehingga kami dapat melanjutkan proyek penting ini. Kami berterima kasih kepada Anda masing-masing atas bantuan Anda dan berharap Anda dapat terus mempertahankan proyek kami.


Solemen Webinar on Tuesday, 03 Nov. 2020

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Established in 2010, Solemen Indonesia (Yayasan Solemen Indonesia) has, since its inception, been at the forefront of supporting Bali’s poorest and most disadvantaged society members. 


Fulfilling the vision of its founder UK’s Robert Epstone, Solemen has tirelessly sought out the Island’s forgotten people who have fallen through the gaping cracks of Indonesia’s social safety net. With a growing team of dedicated volunteers, Epstone and Solemen’s Outreach Team led by Sarah Chapman, a nurse for 28 years, this team “wades-in” to provide life-saving and life-changing assistance to hundreds of people afflicted with grave illnesses, disabilities, and living in abject poverty.

Unfailingly fearless and forthright, Solemen seeks support in their work from both the public and private sectors. Volunteer doctors, supported by salaried nurses and care-staff, daily address acute and chronic illness, malnutrition, and extreme poverty wherever they are encountered. 

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Working with donations from Finns Beach Club as their flagship supporter, supplemented by hotels and private citizens, the Solemen Crew confront situations that would deter and defeat other caregivers. Wherever they go, Solemen affects transformative change in the lives of so many living in Bali. As a result, disabled persons originally found sprawled, hungry, and naked on dirt floors receive medical care, wheelchairs, clothing, food, and housing support. Solemen’s programs for the mentally ill undertakes assessment, provides medication, rehabilitates, and reintegrates those who may have primitively chained and caged by families unable to provide alternative solutions.


“Solemen” derives its name from Robert Epstone’s to express desire “to be in solidarity with all those who don’t have a choice to wear or not wear shoes.” He did this by remaining barefoot until Solemen raised US$1 million in charitable funds


In addition to Finn’s Beach Club, Solemen funds its outreach work through private and corporate donations, and via partnerships with small businesses and social organizations in Bali, Australia, and the UK. The current unprecedented economic recession caused by the global pandemic has reduced by 90% the source of donations that have funded Solemen’s good works over the past decade

Solemen’s fast-acting Outreach Team of volunteer doctors, salaried nurses, and therapists shoulder an ever-growing caseload of ‘Solebuddies’ – people under the organization’s care.

Experienced at working on a shoestring budget, Solemen has never turned anyone away in genuine need of assistance.   To continue their monumental work on behalf of the community, Solemen is seeking new sources of financial support.

An Invitation to Attend a Special Webinar

Solemen invites concerned individuals, both in Indonesia and abroad, to join a Webinar scheduled for Tuesday, 03 November 2020, on Zoom at 2:00 pm Singapore and Bali Time (GMT +8 Hours) or 1:00 pm Jakarta time.

The virtual online meeting will share details of the many projects currently operated by Solemen and present their 5-year-plan for continued support by private donors and CSR funding.

Link to Register and Join the Solemen Webinar Registration

Download Prospectus to Donors

Donate Today

Originally posted on Bali Discovery