Robin Lim: A Finalist Top Ten CNN Heroes
When her younger sister died because of complication during the third pregnancy, Robin Lim was very shocked and sad. Knowing that maternal and infant mortality rate in Asia was so high finally made her took an important decision and step to save human life. And because of her 16 year dedication, CNN announced her as one of Top Ten CNN Heroes 2011.
Losing sister and some best friends because of maternity, Robin decided to make her dream come true: to help pregnant women in childbirth. For this wonderful reason she and her husband decided to sell their house in Hawaii to fund her programs in Bali. By selling their home, Robin Lim, a 75 year-old international-acclaimed midwife established Yayasan Bumi Sehat featuring birthing clinic and education provider for poor family in 1995.
Robin and her team becomes a hero for thousands low-income women as they can have a healthy pregnancy and birth for frees. There is no strict price at this foundation even most of them get help in birthing for free. “No one can be rich by being a midwife. Your smile after having painful and long time childbirth becomes our greatest wealth,” told her as quoted from Radar Bali.
Besides helping pregnant women, Robin Lim also developed a new gentle and safe birthing method, which she calls Wisdom Birth. Her foundation, Yayasan Bumi Sehat, located in Nyuh Kuning- Ubud, becomes the center of student midwives from around the world who need mentor from Robin and her team. She in fact does not only help mother but also children craving to learn English and computer. For this reason she also established free Youth Center.
There are so many things she has done to make a better life for mother and children especially in Bali. Her sincere and continuous dedication attracts people from around the world, so does CNN team which nominate her as Top Ten CNN Heroes 2011. “I really thank God because I am one of the finalist. And will be very grateful if Indonesian people can vote me,” she uttered.
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