Mick from Ballina NSW & Russell from Tarlee SA

our seating neighbors on our flight 3.2.2011

Dave Budge

Cafe Seminyak ... 4.2.11

Kade Lina, Seminyak... one of the street-children selling leather friendship wrist bands.

We met Kade whilst having lunch at Cafe Seminyak, her and a couple other children were persisting we buy one of their wrist-bands or potions. It is not encouraged to buy from these children as it simply promotes this industry where children are brought into sweat-shop labour and exploited on the streets. Whilst waiting for Jacky to sort out some banking I decided to ask Kade to sit for me for Rp.1000 ... I was surrounded by all the kids and what looked like the mother who we watched earlier sit and send out her barely walking toddler up to tourists to beg for money ... it was such a sad sight, and one you knew was so helpless ! What kind of future do these children have a chance at?!

Iluh Linda, Tirta Balitour & travel, Seminyak

I met Iluh outside a CD/DVD store taking a break from working as a sales girl in a little booth by the road selling bali tours ... she quizzed me while I was taking a few photos on the street and we got chatting so I thought I'd ask her if she would let me draw her ... 5.2.11

Ketut Astha, Salim Gallery Seminyak

During an afternoon of shopping I stumbled across this little gallery ... its bold almost abstract paintings, some of them portraits drew me in ... and then I noticed the crazy, skinny kittens in the courtyard - SO CUTE. Here I met Ketut who works at the gallery ... a very cool looking dude ... I asked him if he was an artist too - and surprisingly like most Balinese he very shyly replied that no he wasn't ... but he let me draw him and afterwards he returned the favor ... 5.2.11

Crammed into a cab returning from an afternoon at Waterbom Park

... its amazing how quickly all you know about rules in cars goes out when you are away from home ... on arrival, when we got picked up we all insisted on seat belts ... a few days in you realise things just don't work that way here ... here we are all crammed into a cab - 4 of us cozy in the back

Samu, Semar Kuning - one of the artists at the roadside gallery we visited.

Whilst driving to Ubud on a day-trip with the girls, we stopped off at on of the massive galleries that sell all manner of art ... here at the entry we found Samu along with a bunch of other artists on display working. I must say Samu's work was quite exquisite in detail. Upon entering the building you are overwhelmed by how much work they have on display ... as well as the salesmen who do no less then pester you as they follow at your heels every inch of the gallery. I spoke to a Californian here who was telling me he comes here regularly on business trips purchasing for his store ... and where a piece might cost him $50 here ... he will sell it for no less than $800 in the US where it is still considered well priced ! He also explained how he would get furniture custom made here with the same kind of markup.

PHASE 2 begins : Wiko of Jakarta Post, Lovina, Bali

Kim and I start our second phase of our trip ... the reality check phase. We have just finished celebrating a Jacky's birthday in style in Seminyak and now find ourselves at the briefing lunch before we head out to meet some of the patients of the Suryami Institute. I take the opportunity to draw Wiko whilst we listen to Alit talk... 8.2.11

Kim Mcdonald, Alit and Trisha

... we listen to Alit tell us about the Suryami Institute and what we are to expect in the days to come ...

We meet Gede Budayasa, 34 .. 10 years in 'stocks'

I don't think anyone could have prepared us for what we came across when we met Gede ... a young man, schooled til he was 18 ... an athlete. It would appear he had some issues to start with, but the murder of his brother seems to have pushed him over the edge, and his violent behavior landed him in a crudely constructed wood and grass hut by the pig pen ... his right leg in a stock his father built himself.

Ketut Kirtit, 90, Mother of Km. Aggreni and Kadek Pradnyan, Bali

A family truly touched by hardship and tragedy. The weathered lines of the mothers face leave an imprint on my mind. A son and one daughter touched by the dark illness of schizophrenia and another daughter crippled by polio ... one cannot even imagine the hardships and the tests this family has been challenged by. I was also most mystified to find out that whilst the wooden huts we visited were where the women lived, the brick house at the top of the hill also belonged to the family and was government built for them - but only the men lived there! Im sure I don't comprehend the full story, but I believe it has something to do with accessibility for the daughter crippled by polio ... 9.2.11

KM. Anggreni, 25, Schizophrenia, spent 3 years in chains

2007-currently Modekate injections. An absolutely delightful young girl with a beaming smile. It was amazing to see her so bright after what must have been a nightmare to endure, living in chains in a hut for 3 years

Kadek Pradnyan, 35, Schizophrenic, 4 years in chains along side his sister Anggreni, Buleleng Bali

We found Kadek in a very reserved state as though he were numb to our presence and to all around him. He kind of did as requested but really didn't interact with anyone. He had spent 4 years until quite recently in chains in a crudely constructed hut under a tree by the hut the women of the family lived. There is also another sister who's been crippled by polio and cannot easily move around.

Richard Pearse from Sydney, Singaraja Bali.

Richard raises money for the Suryami Institute via the Rotary Club accompanied us. 9.2.11

Komamg Sudiani, 59. Chained in dark room for 10 years. Brbabakan Desa Sambangan, Bail.

We found Komang working in a little local store operating from the family house ... It was hard to imagine until only a year ago she spent 10 years chained and locked up in a dark room in the house ... yet here she was, perhaps a little reserved but a fully functional member of the community earning her keep. It was believed she was visited by a Bebaian (evil spirit) sent by a man she rejected.

Ketut Karpi, Schizofrenia.

We arrived along with Dr Suryami for the first time as she does her initial intervention and diagnosis of the the girls since they were found by one of the volunteers. One of the sisters we found at this property which lay in some of the most stunning rainforest regions we visited. Like a scene out of a horror movie, this idealistic setting was haunted with the illness of the two sisters. Ketut no longer restrained, beams at you with her wide eyed yet somehow vacant stare ... her behavior more reminiscent of an uncomfortable animal than a young woman.

Luh Karpi, Ketut's sister, Schizophrenia. Until recently in a stock, currently in handcuffs on legs

In the adjoining room from where Ketut resides, I found Luh, I believe the older daughter, who after a history of running away, found herself locked up in a stock - an act of desperation on behalf of the family who having another ill daughter, struggled unable to deal with the constant searchs they faced when Luh ran away. Im uncertain of the circumstances that lead to this, but Luh was finally released from the stock when a policeman donated his handcuffs for her legs which allow her more movement.

Kt Nap, Br Bingion Sesa Galungan, Bali

Im not sure how this person fit in within the Karpi family but it appeared she might have been a sister.

Guru Darmini, 60, father of Komang

Before arriving at this home, we had heard of Komang and how he had spent years in a cage made by his father - hearing this was shocking and one of the reasons we took this journey in the first place. Here we met his father, the man who built the cage - and somehow once you realise the desperation of a father with a violent, uncontrollable son who he sought help from the mental hospital only to get turned away and even apparently get advised to build a cage for him, you understand how things might have led to this ...

Komang Merada, 8 years in cage built by father, Buleleng Bali

This was a truly moving success story ... we heard of Komang and his years spent in the cage and how a year ago the Suryami Institute found him and intervened with medication and his freedom. As it turned out a year on, whilst his face and heavy brow still show signs of the illness ... or perhaps it was the numbing effect of the medication, he had moved his life onto a whole new chapter of his life ... not only did he have a gorgeous new wife ... but also a baby!

Ayu Armini, 35

Komang's gorgeous wife and baby ... it is quite an extraordinary story ... just after Komang's release from the cage and started treatment, he met Ayu who being from another village was completely clueless about his history until after they wed. When we asked her what she thought of all this, she said it didn't matter as he 'made her happy' ...

Dr Luh Kitut Suryami, Dempasar, Bali.

It is no easy task Dr Suryami takes upon herself to seek out and help at least a handful of Bali's estimated 9,000 mentally ill, 200 of whom are in Pesung (physical restraint and confinement by their families) 11.2.11

Grace, 7, the Grace Universal Foundation Bali

I thought it might be nice to spend at least a couple of hours of my last day in Bali visiting the kiddies of an orphanage I heard about through a friend of mine. Sister Fian is one of the ladies with a massive heart running this place which she choses not to title and 'orphanage' in the belief that this would limit the potential of the little souls who find their way there. Grace was one of the delightful children I met - her cheeky nature and beaming smile made it hard to imagine the hardships she faced in the reality of her world ...

Abraham, 6, the Grace Universal Foundation Bali

One of the more obviously sad of the little souls who I believe was relatively new to this place who not only did Sister Fian take in, but adopted herself. Somewhere in conversation with me she asked me not to talk to mention to the children that they were orphans, as some of them had yet not been exposed to that information ... Aside from taking in the children who's fate leaves them homeless, they extend their hand to the poor providing the children with schooling and a chance at a better future than that which meets many who spend their lives in sweat-shops.

Raditya, 7, the Grace Universal Foundation Bali

It was a total delight for me and these kiddies to share time drawing each other ... I found it interesting to note that when I asked each of them to choose between the blue or black pen for their portraits, 100% didn't hesitate requesting the blue

Dwik, 5, the Grace Universal Foundation Bali

Not that long ago the Foundation faced the possibility of having to shut their doors with a lack of funds and losing the land they were on ... in recent news they have found the founding allowing them to make a fresh start in a new home ...

Armin, the Grace Universal Foundation Bali

Armin was another one of the more fragile little people here. He has parents but they are of extreme poverty and he comes her to get educated. His anxiety and reserve showing in is little quirky little cheek chewing habit I couldn't resist trying to capture.

Ester, 10, the Grace Universal Foundation Bali

Ester is one of the oldest of the children I saw here ... I could see she takes pride in taking charge of all the other children and happenings around the place ... really wish I got to spend a bit more time here to get to know them all a little more personally ...

Made, the Grace Universal Foundation Bali

One of the things I loved seeing the most was having the children writing their names for me ... In the time I spent with locals in the days before coming here, I was shocked at the huge level of illiteracy I came face to face with ... I feel like these children with the schooling they're receiving at GUF are already leaps and bounds ahead in potential when compared to some of the villagers who lead very basic lives of farming and survival