Villa Beji Indah is the home of Dr. Steve Wignall, a physician, AIDS activist and former US Navy medical officer, who first came to Indonesia some 25 years ago. In 2007 he acquired and renovated the first of the three villas as his retirement home. However, retirement didn't happen. His passion to ensure marginalized communities receive access to HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) health services drives him until today and he spends much of his time in Jakarta or other parts of SE Asia working with the governments and international organizations to bring HIV testing treatment to poor and highly stigmatized populations in need.
Though not around very much, three years later Dr Wignall acquired and renovated second and third villas in this sprawling riverside property. Together they now form the magical Villa Beji Indah (VBI) with 11 rooms, 7 ponds, 4 meditation pavilions, 3 swimming pools, 2 Yoga-Shalas and a stretch of one stunning and sacred river in the most lush and green Nyuh Kuning suburb of Ubud, Bali.
Apart from making family, friends and other guests comfortable and relaxed, the other mission of VBI is fund raising to support the Bali Peduli Foundation (www.balipeduli.org), a non-profit organization started by Dr. Wignall and friends to ensure HIV treatment access to communities across Bali. This non-governmental organization has so far tested more than 10,000 individuals at risk for HIV and other STIs and has started 700 people in treatment through its two clinics in Ubud and Denpasar.
Villa Beji Indah operates less like a corporate entity and more as a social enterprise. Investment in staff welfare and development, commitment to the local communities and supporting sustainable tourism is at the core of our operation.
Our staff are from the picturesque village of Nyuh Kuning or the surrounding suburbs. No one is hospitality trained but everyone is invested in its mission - to create an unforgettable experience for those who visit us while ensuring care for the environment and support those less fortunate.
At the end of the day, this is our home and we welcome you to come stay with us. And soon it will be yours too!
Bali Peduli Foundation
BALI PEDULI was formed in 2011 by a group of concerned Bali residents under the guidance of Dr. Steve Wignall. Yayasan Bali Peduli received its final legal status as a charity from the government of Indonesia in 2013. BALI PEDULI programs include clinical services, HIV outreach and support, positive living and HIV education.
The PAUL LATOURELL BALI PEDULI CLINIC in Denpasar provides HIV services primarily to the MSM community in the Kuta, Seminyak and Denpasar areas. Klinik Anggrek, at Puskesmas II Ubud Sayan provides HIV/STI testing and treatment for the Gianyar regency and has a special focus on pregnant women, women and children, female sex workers, MSM (men who have sex with men), and IV drug users.
Outreach workers serve as buddies to provide support to people living with HIV (PLWH) who need assistance adjusting to medications or needing linkages to support services. The Positive Living program provides support to HIV+ women with children, HIV+ children who have been orphaned by parents deceased due to HIV.
Donations to Bali Peduli made in the USA, Australia, and the UK are now tax deductible.
Yayasan Bali Peduli is a partner in Project J911N YKS and YBP HIV Intervention Programme with the Global Development Group. Please go to http://globaldevelopmentgroup.org/au/donate/ and insert our project number J911N as the project number. You will see our project name appear. You can donate by Credit Card, Direct Deposit, Bank transfer or Cheque. You will get a receipt showing that your donation is tax deductible according to the laws of USA, UK and Australia.
You can also deposit by bank transfer to our accounts:
ACCOUNT NAME: YAYASAN BALI PEDULI
BANK: CIMB Niaga
ACCOUNT IDR: 800 112 698 940
ACCOUNT USD: 800 112 650 300
SWIFT CODE: BNIAIDJA
If you do make a direct bank transfer, please let us know so we can track and thank you. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +62 361 971087. Direct bank transfers may not be tax deductible depending on the banking law in your country.