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.
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