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National partner profile: Indonesia

Rumah Cemara RC

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The Homeless World Cup National Partner in Indonesia is Rumah Cemara (Pine Home), a community-based organisation for people living with HIV/AIDS and people who suffer from substance abuse.

RC provide a range of services for people with substance abuse problems as well as a comprehensive football programme. They operate through a peer-to-peer approach, with over 80% of their diverse staff living with HIV.

They have been supported by their national ambassadors, such as professional football players Robbie Gaspar and Yudi Guntara, and Indonesian rock band The Changcuters.

Their services incorporate a community-based drug rehabilitation centre, individual HIV case management and buddy programmes, hospital and home visits, outreach to most-at-risk communities, free condoms, and harm-reduction services such as clean needles and syringes. They also provide psychological-social support for people who are on methadone, a youth programme for young people who use drugs, and “Love for Life” – a comprehensive programme for children affected by HIV/AIDS. As many people who use drugs are also homeless, they provide emergency accommodation in a dormitory next to their main office.

In the context of their services, football works to challenge stigma and discrimination, promotes social inclusion, and helps those who use drugs find a sense of achievement and the strength to stay sober.
Advocacy on behalf of people who use drugs is an important part of RC’s work. They have been supporting the global “Support. Don’t Punish.” Campaign, which was conceived by the International Drug Policy Consortium and raises awareness of the dangers of the War on Drugs and the criminalisation of drug use.

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Mission statement

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With both a spirit of peer support and professionalism, Rumah Cemara works to reduce the harm of drug addiction; provide care, psycho-social support, and treatment to people with HIV/AIDS; prevent HIV infection among most at-risk populations; and engage the general public in activities that decrease their discrimination towards people with HIV and substance abuse problems.

Rumah Cemara work towards an Indonesia without stigma and discrimination against HIV/AIDS and drug addiction.

Goals for the future

Social Inclusion

To increase the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS, people who suffer substance abuse, and those who are otherwise marginalised, as well as eliminate stigma and discrimination towards them

Capacity Expansion

To reach out to rural areas in West Java to spread football as a tool for changing lives

Education

To increase the capacity of their community coaches and reach more children and schools

Additional information

Football Activities

RC run a comprehensive football programme including eight weekly football sessions, four annual tournaments, and participation in other local and regional tournaments.

Non-football services

They provide access to education, employment, and health care. Participants are also engaged in other sports, such as boxing, aerobics, or rugby.

Participants challenges

HIV infection, substance abuse, and stigmatisation

Country challenges

Different substances (especially cocaine, heroin, and inhalants) pose a serious threat to homeless people in Indonesia. Substance abuse has led to further homelessness, and drugs and prostitution have facilitated a growing AIDS/HIV epidemic in Indonesia.

The expansion of the tourism industry in Indonesia has resulted in many people being forcibly evicted in order to build modern tourist resorts (Forshee, 2006, p.109).

Homlessness definition

The census of 2000 divided the population into two categories: those having a permanent place to stay and those not having a permanent place to stay. The second category included ship’s crewmen, nomadic people, and people living in houseboats or floating houses, as well as houseless people (University of Newcastle, 2003).

Homelessness Statistics

There are approximately 3 million homeless people in Indonesia (Youth Exchange). According to the 2001 census, around 28,364 people were homeless in Jakarta, but due to recent natural disasters such as floods and storms the homeless population has grown significantly (2001 Census).

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