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.
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