The overall aim of this project is to provide a community space for young people and adults with disabilities to be and feel included in community life and activities; Our passion is to help share skills and knowledge of how we can live more sustainably, alongside practical experience learning bamboo carpentry and construction: Weaving, craft skills and other right-brain activities, healing modalities; and at a local level maintain traditions and promote the value of bamboo as a sustainable building material/resource and enable it’s revival and enhancement in developing countries.
I am Australian mother building an inclusive disability community project for my 18 year old daughter and other children with special needs in Bali. I am passionate about natural building and design, experimentation, raising awareness and sharing skills that can make building bamboo homes sustainable, affordable and accessible – especially for People LIVING IN “DEVEloPInG CoUNTRIES” MAKiNG UP 70% OF ThE GLObaL POPULATION. I have been learning about bamboo craft and construction for the last three years through a construction project in BALI AND AM working to establish a not-for-profit trading co-opertaive for people with special needs compatible with my daughter’s and their families who may want to visit/spend time in Bali and be part of a supported lifestyle and activity program.
Currently we live in Bali and I am able to support people travelling to Bali (or internationally) as a support worker. I have an Australian ABN and am registerING With Hireup and Mable and can provide personal care, one-on-one support with daily-life activities. I am happy to help also with arranging travel plans, organising accommodation, transport, tours and local activities, as well as basic translation and shopping. I especially enjoy product sourcing and connecting with local families for potential opportuneur/innovative small business partnership formation/s (for small trade and market stall businesses for people with special needs).
I have 17 years experience with special needs raising my daughter who has intellectual disability and traits of autism, she is non verbal and loves music, tactile play (sand especially) and being in water. I also have experience supporting a gentleman with Cerebral Palsy (an NZ computer programmer who types with his toe and has 2 wonderful children) and ran my own massage business in Cairns for 6 years. We have spent the last 3 years living in Bali/Indonesia and have been building a house here. My daughter attends a special school program and I have been learning about bamboo and natural building. I am creating an Eco-activity Community Centre inclusive of special needs and facilitate eco-product and craft-making, and eco-building using recycled/reclaimed trash, bamboo and earth-building techniques. See http://www.bamboocreative.org/bali
Before that, we lived in the Philippines with local families for about 8 months. Being in a family environment eased the care burden for me and helped me through a very challenging time when I was experiencing Overwhelm regularly and was at the point of “Carer Breakdown”. In Philippines, my daughter Freyr was able to be part of a FAMILY, and I was able to help build and finance some small family projects to help the families earn income. A fish-farm, a home-office/studio room and lastly a bamboo homestay which is what led me to Bali (to find out about non-chemical treatment for bamboo). I also helped a friend take a trip to bring solar lights to a tribal village group. My decision to leave Australia, the isolation and the inhumane bureaucracy that wore me down eventually, has certainly led us on an amazing journey!
I have been incredibly inspired since first coming to Asia at how inclusive the culture is towards people with special needs, and by the presence of Foundations/Yayasans here in Bali whose charter it is to help children with disabilities. I actually felt human and connected in a way I had never experienced in Australia. We have naturally slotted in to a more co-operative mindset and sense of shared responsibility… I feel so blessed to be able to live where I do and see my responsibility to enable other families to also enjoy a more co-operative way of life – that restores and enhances the local culture also.: I have a vision to create a wholistic village where “sustainable” activities are just part of daily life and form part of a living program where our “kids” get to join in and participate together with paid staff/carers and the broader local community as well as travellers and visitors who wish to participate in being of service to the Greater Good and are interested in sharing their time and skills with us…
This project will provide a community space for young people and include adults with disabilities to be and feel included in community life and activities; to ease the care burden for parents of special needs children through enabling access to inclusive activities; and, to help build our space into one of learning and sharing, music and dance, play-therapies, food production, and sharing time together crafting with bamboo. I aim to create a model and collaboration with other families and organisations to enable my daughter to be part of a sustainable long-term community village co-operative in partnership with a local partner non-profit organisation. Find out more at www.friendsoffreyr.com
I can now offer help to other families by providing support for children/young adults with special needs on a part time or full-time basis if parents want to get away for some “retreat time”, just want some time through the day to themselves, or if the person/child is travelling alone, travel with them from Australia and be their support worker for up to 30 days. Our visitors are welcome to join Freyr’s school program and we have access to local carers and nurses who can help provide support also.
Rates for Support and Activity Co-ordination
- AUD $85 nightly (24 hours)
- AUD $530 weekly (7 days)
- AUD $948 fortnightly (15 days)
- AUD $1862 one month (up to 30 days)
I am working to establish a not-for-profit trading co-opertaive FRIENDS OF FREYR for people with special needs compatible with my daughter’s and their families who may want to visit/spend time in Bali and be part of a supported lifestyle and activity program which could include farming activities, yoga and music program, helping prepare meals in a warung/restaurant run by the staff/families of local kids… I would like to help local families to build natural-building homestay rooms on their land to accommodate guests/families coming to join the activities through the Bamboo Creative program and see local staff receive training to work with disabilities so they can gain employment helping care for kids and also be qualified to run their own component of the disability homecare/homestay holiday where clients can come from overseas to according to their “timeshare” and have a “supported holiday”.
I look forward to working with other families, people with special needs and organisations interested in my mission and who would like to engage/contribute to this project – whether financially or in-kind, through donations, becoming a co-contributor towards the organisational Co-opertaive formation or as a fee-paying guest/visitor/client. As an events organiser and contractor, I hold a multiple entry business visa here to operate as a consultant to individuals and businesses/organisations outside Indonesia to arrange visits organising accommodation, activities care and transport and equipment need for clients travelling to Bali.
I endeavor to become part of the network of social enterprises which are developing globally and help form connections in ways where we may return to our familiar/tribal roots as humankind and plant the seeds of Caring Custodianship; pulling the weeds of Capitalism out of our lives as we go… To rethink How we think... about ourselves and everything around us. Through experiencing BEING in Com-munity and engaging in activities which bring us into Communion/ Communication with ourselves and each other… To be able to Feel and just be Present for our Kids with special needs – and enjoy them!… To unravel our minds… to open our Hearts to what has been there all along.
That is the Learning Experience I hope to have and offer… I Dare to DREAM to enable wider collaborations to happen so that local people in south-east Asia (with their time, traditional skills and familial culture) may collaborate with “Westerners” (who have money/resources – but not much time) to together develop a lifestyle (of) “sharing” which does not disempower or put locals as “servants” (as Colonialism has done traditionally) … but where we may truly COLLABORATE and form SUPER Families… All over this Precious Earth.
I have self-funded the project to the current stage and am now open to furthering the whole social purpose and evolve it to the next level. I Invite Collaborators, Angel Investors, other families with children/adults with special needs from around the world, travelling artists and other skilled professionals to become part of this Special Project and enable it to grow to it’s full potential.
Please get in touch with me here…
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