Govt Names Bali NGO as Best
SEMINYAK ~ Sanur-based Yayasan Kemanusiaan Indonesia (YKI) has been named the best non-governmental organization (NGO) in the country in terms of management and administration, an accolade recognized by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at an awards ceremony in the Central Java city of Solo.
The NGO, part of the Australian John Fawcett Foundation, was chosen for the award by the Social Welfare Ministry from a list of 32 other top organizations around the country.
YKI is a humanitarian body that focuses mainly on helping the needy with medical assistance and has been in operation since 1989.
â€œThis award positions YKI in the most prestigious position as a credible, accountable and well-administered humanitarian organization,â€ it said in a statement.
â€œYKI is unique in its policy of supporting and complementing the existing government social welfare and health services, creating a powerful partnership between NGO and government, supported by private funding,â€ it said.
The organizationâ€™s main program is treatment of blindness-causing cataracts, and says there are some 3 million Indonesians without sight because of the condition, most of whom are too poor to afford medical treatment that includes surgery.
Senior projects manager Wayan Sukajaya said YKI was working to break the downward cycle of poverty by providing the treatment so badly needed by sufferers.
â€œMost blind Indonesians are poor because they are blind and they remain blind because they are poor. Our foundation breaks this poverty cycle by providing free cataract surgery for these people,â€ said Sukajaya, who accepted the award from President Yudhoyono in December.
Thus far, YKI, which is active in Bali, Lombok and South Kalimantan and has plans to also work in East Java, has operated on 24,000 Indonesians, according to the body, with no charge to the patients.
Other programs include supporting children to remain in school, training technicians in TB diagnostics and reconstructive surgery for children. (More details at www.balieye.org)
Meanwhile, later this year the John Fawcett Foundation, working with the governments of Indonesia and Australia, will unveil a new AUS$5 million (US$3.9 million) eye hospital in Denpasar.Filed under: The Island