Rumah Cemara is the National Organiser for Indonesia to participate in the Homeless World Cup 2011 in Paris, 21-28 August 2011. Rumah Cemara will send Indonesia to its debut as well as becoming the first football team of people living with HIV/AIDS in the tournament.
Living with HIV does not stop us to live as human beings. People living with HIV have the right to get full access to sport, as well as the opportunity to represent their country.
Through football we can change the world.
West Java, as the province with the highest case of HIV/AIDS in Indonesia; HIV/AIDS issue is not only seen as medical problem. It involves all different areas in lives, including, losing their jobs, discrimination, their are seen as unwanted and unproductive members of society, limited access to services and being isolated from the community. They are vulnerable to being homeless.
This issue also affects people who use drugs who are in a high risk of homelessness.
We use football not only to increase the quality of life of people living with HIV and people who use drugs; but also to eliminate stigma and discrimination against them.
Football is the main sport and leisure activity that is acceptable in Indonesia. Through football, we are able to attract the greater society to be directly exposed with the issue of HIV/AIDS, drugs and the risk of being homelessness.
With our participation in the Homeless World Cup, a greater society will be aware and exposed to the issue of HIV/AIDS, drugs and homelessness. This will also include the recognition from different sectors of the society, including the government. With the support recognition from the media, our message will be delivered to even a greater society. Therefore, more and more people will start to understand that stigma and discrimination kill people.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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