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Artisan Made Sumerta from the nonprofit foundation Bhakti Senang Hati carves a pretty pendant of a "shoe flower", or hibiscus. The sono wood pendant is suspended from black cotton cords of adjustable length and accented with wood beads. Bhakti Senang Hati assists people with physical disabilities in achieving self-confidence and physical and economic independence.
The seven artisans that are members of the foundation use either a wheelchair or have an artificial leg. This does not stop them from living a full-life and striving to be self-sufficient.
The Bakti Senang Hati Foundation assists persons living with disabilities. Living with a disability can be more difficult in Bali than in other places. Bali's Hindu culture carries with it the additional stigma of karma. To be disabled is the physical manifestation of bad karma. Traditionally the disabled were hidden away and isolation was added to their burden. Attitudes are slowly changing and programs such as the Bakti Senang Hati Foundation teach self-confidence as well as the practical skills that will enable their members to become self-supporting.
Although their Novica sales do not provide enough income for each artisan to be self-supporting, these sales have a profound impact on their lives. The income contributes not only to their financial stability but also to their self-esteem. It is important to these artisans that their work is seen and appreciated around the world.
There are eight children that the Bakti Senang Hati artisans are able to provide for.
The Bakti Senang Foundation provides for the education of eight children.