The Senang Hati Foundation provides programs to develop self-confidence, physical and economic independence, and creates awareness for the rights of people who are differently-abled. The center provides skills training that enables members to become self-supporting through jobs related to hospitality, painting, sewing, and wood-working. Every year, 30 students benefit from the program, moving on to start their own businesses and families.
Due to limited funding to support differently-abled people in Indonesia, nonprofit organizations like Senang Hati play a key role in empowering members of this community. In Bali, it is common for people who are differently-abled to be stigmatized as having bad karma. This cultural barrier is so strong that sometimes differently-abled children are hidden from society, leaving them without access to education and medical care, and further marginalized in society. Senang Hati is ultimately trying to change these attitudes and create an inclusive community for all.
Senang Hati runs training programs for adults who are differently-abled in Bali to gain independence and confidence in the formal economy. Classes include arts, culture, wood-working, and hospitality training. Planeterra supported Senang Hati in renovating their “dream kitchen.” This kitchen is fully accessible with counters, sinks, shelves, and working spaces customized for those using mobility devices. Planeterra also linked Senang Hati with over 2000 travellers annually through our travel industry partners. Travellers enjoy a traditional Balinese lunch that is prepped, cooked, and served by the members at Senang Hati.