Founded on January 1st 2003, Rumah Cemara is an organisation for people dealing with HIV positive that believe in changing the society view on this devastating disease that effected many.

The founder of this organisation are five recovering drug addicts who believed that if a change was to occur in society, that change must begin from within the community of drug users themselves. Legally instituted as a community-based organization in West Java, and as a work unit from the Insan Hamdani Foundation, the organisation established a Treatment Center for drug users. The five RC founders realize that the problem of HIV/AIDS was a very serious issue, especially for injecting drug users. They decide to refocus on two target groups, namely people who use drugs and people living with HIV/AIDS, as beneficiaries of their services.

Their objectives is 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. – Engage the general public in activities that decrease their discrimination towards people with HIV and drug addiction.

On March 12, 2003 RC forms a special division named Bandung Plus Support, to provide peer-led services to people with HIV/AIDS from diverse backgrounds through both individual and group approaches.

In the end, Rumah Cemara envisions an Indonesia without discrimination towards people with HIV/AIDS and people who use drugs.

On my encounter with them, i found these extraordinary individual who battles this awful disease almost their entire life. I felt humble and overwhelmed to meet them at first, but as we talked for hours, i began to really appreciate the human spirit and will to continue living. They have a positive attitude and a big heart.

They are being positive.

If you want to help the organisation, please visit their website for more information:

http://www.rumahcemara.org

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