Wheelchairs – Part III

We had a chance to observe a fitting – this 16 year old has CP and has been in her old chair for 10 years – it was way too small for her and it time for a new one.

The Physical Therapist (behind the chair) was fitting her chair with the Dad helping.  Fitting is way more involved and takes more time than I ever imagined
The PT training the parents

We then drove to a repair facility in Sukaharjo.  This was a 2 hour drive, with the absolutely beautiful countryside of Indonesia on the way.


Rice Paddy
This little girl has some spunk!

We arrived at the repair facility in Sukaharjo:

Spare parts

The idea is to repair, refurbish, clean up old chairs so they can be reused.  Because chairs come in several styles (Roughrider, Standard, Active, Supportive) and in several sizes, it’s tricky to get the right spare parts to fix all the chairs.img_1290


This facility was KPSU “Sehati” (means ‘heart’) Sukaharjo – a ‘sub partner’ of UCP-RUK.  UCP can’t be everywhere, so they partner with much smaller, more local agencies that help people in outer areas.

Refurbishing a chair

We also got to watch a fitting:

This little 6-year-old was SO patient!

While we were observing a fitting, I noticed these sewing machines:

OLD treadle machine – no electricity


I asked why they had the machines and they told me they used them to teach sewing skills to some of the locals.  They can use that skill then to make things to sell and lo and behold, they shop selling the goods was right next door.  I never mind buying from someone like this who is trying to support themselves, so…

DeeAnn and Sister Smith perusing the goods



So, several shirts, purses and quilts later (Smith: $25; Buell: $35), DeeAnn was done.

I modeled the shirt and they thought it was pretty funny

The Batik shirt is as Indonesian as it gets.  There is Batik everywhere and if you see 10 men in office, 8 will be wearing Batik shirts.  Ladies are not to be outdone and there are Batik skirts, dresses and scarfs.  On the way back to town, DeeAnn and Donna wanted to stop on Jalan Malioboro (Malioboro Street), a famous (and very touristy) shopping area in Jogja, and boy do they have Batik.

You want Batik? We got Batik….
Stores and Stores, floors and floors of Batik…
And necklaces – most about 20,000 Rupia ($1.50) 
I REALLY liked this guy in red, but it was 500,000 Rupiah – about $35, so I passed….
Muslims like fashion too….
Who knew there were microwaves in 1914????
Odd name for a pastry






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