Pika is a seriously disabled child who was required to beg in the streets of Bali for many years.
In December 2009, Pika was rescued by the Bali Street Kids Project (www.ykpa.org). Her care has required extensive treatments, many medical specialists and transports, as well as social working to help her and the other children adjust to a normal life. She endured 4 surguries in 5 months, the last was life saving. She needs ongoing medical and social care for her to become a normal kid; and donations to afford it all. Please read her story (from the bottom up)
Pika is a survivor, and visiting expats recognize her strength, and also her big care needs. While Pika is receiving traditional physical therapy supervised by local Bali NGO Yakkum Bali, this is augmented by visiting expats who give what they can.
At left, well-known yoga instructor Rusty Wells is giving special loving guidance to Pika's yoga practice...remember, this is a child with a recent lower leg amputation, damaged other foot, and recovering from serious spina bifida-brain shunt surgery. We wish to give big thanks also to Tom and Howard, owners of Desa Seni Yoga Resort in Bali for the free yoga classes for the YKPA street kids.
Last week Pika made a great stride forward, overcoming her fear of entering water. This child had never had a bath, very little contact with water in general, and certainly never was swimming before. Here Holland expat Kevin is guiding Pika gently into the water, and she was loving it. Pika's life is changing for the better every day. Also helping was Marlon. Dewi is nearby and Prema is in the background.
We wish to acknowledge all the other people who donate time or money to help Pika, but you are too numerous to list. We apologize, and know you dont care about the 'fame'.
Tomorrow is the really big day when she gets her prostetic leg for the first time....a posting will show it all.