Dare This Indonesia – YDTI

DARE THIS INDONESIA (Indonesian name: YAYASAN DEDIKASI TJIPTA INDONESIA – YDTI) is a non-profit organization based in Makassar, Eastern Indonesia.

DARE THIS stands for our key areas of work in disability, accessibility, reproductive-, sexual-, and public health and the environment.

Our Vision

We strive for a sustainable world where all people can live a dignified and equitable life.

Our Mission

To facilitate the empowerment of marginalised, vulnerable and disenfranchised communities to achieve an inclusive life within an environmentally healthy and just society.

Our team in Makassar

Kerstin is chair woman of YDTI with 20 years of working experience with and for people affected by leprosy and people with disabilities.

Kerstin Beise

Doddy, a lawyer and human-rights activist, is board member of YDTI. He works in the field of HIV/Aids, leprosy and disability since 20 years.

Doddy Tumanduk

Yuliati is a trained nurse. She is affected by leprosy and dedicates her time as chair woman of PerMaTa South Sulawesi and for YDTI.


Alkadri leads the sub-unit for leprosy of YDTI. He is affected by leprosy and a senior advocate for equal rights and against discrimination.


Mbak Ina is our finance officer with many years of experience working with organizations for people with disabilities and leprosy.

Agustina Saleh

We currently have two Sub-Units in Indonesia

Office Yayasan DTI in Makassar

Sub Unit Leprosy

We work in close collaboration with PerMaTa South Sulawesi to support people affected by leprosy and their organizations. We advocate for equal opportunities in the areas of health, rehabilitation, social security and livelihood and for an end to stigma and discrimination. This unit is headed by Alkadri, who is affected by leprosy himself.


Our sub-unit for LGBTQI communities promotes inclusion and meaningful involvement of LGBTQI peoples and sex workers in the Asia-Pacific region. Our sub-unit is led by a trans representative- Melati Adelita Dewi and a GBQ representative- Afrizal, both based on the Indonesian island of Bali.


Covid Support in South Sulawesi, Indonesia

Young members of the DPO PerMaTa map and visit people affected by leprosy, provide information on Covid-19, distribute food where needed and advocate for support at the local government. Through this process, young people affected by leprosy strengthen their skills as future DPO leaders. The project is the continuation of a pilot project in 2020. In collaboration with PerMaTa South Sulawesi and Sasakawa Health Foundation.

Waste Bank Cooperative in Gowa, Indonesia

Young people affected by leprosy in Gowa district, South Sulawesi, have established a cooperative and run a “waste bank”. They raise awareness about waste management in their communities, collect household waste and sell it for further recycling. The aim is to create a stable income for the young people and to contribute to reducing garbage in this small part of the world. In collaboration with PerMaTa South Sulawesi and the International Cooperative Alliance. Watch a video here !

Youth Empowerment in South Sulawesi, Indonesia

Young members of PerMaTa in Gowa District, South Sulawesi, enable the empowerment of other young people affected by leprosy. Together they visit and support elderly people affected by leprosy, and advocate with the local government to support them. Helping others in the community lets them see their own worth and they are felt to be important parts of community. In collaboration with PerMaTa South Sulawesi and VOICE Indonesia.

Access to health care and rehabilitation

Indonesia is one of the countries where health care and rehabilitation for those affected by leprosy has been drastically reduced despite still high numbers of new cases. People with foot ulcers, claw hands, and impaired health due to reactions are frequently left without care. YDTI and PerMaTa South Sulawesi are continuously advocating to improve health services. We inform, train, question and collect evidence to increase understanding about the needs of persons affected by leprosy particularly after their leprosy treatment.

News from YDTI

New group of young people affected by leprosy are trained by their peers

Malino, November 2021. “Sipakatau” is a group of young people in Gowa, South Sulawesi who are affected by leprosy and who have been guided and trained in a 2-year project by PerMaTa South Sulawesi / YDTI to become agents of change in their communities. They are now in a new project supported by VOICE Indonesia the

Awareness about Leprosy through TV and Radio

Makassar, November 2021. Leprosy is only feared so much because people don't know what it is. Dare This Indonesia (YDTI) and PerMaTa South Sulawesi inform society through a number of different media. Sasakawa Health Foundation (SHF) supported us last year to use television and radio to get involved in awareness raising. We organized a number

Workshop: Policy Brief on Health Care for People affected by Leprosy after RFT

Makassar, October 2021. PerMaTa South Sulawesi and YDTI hosted a two-day workshop in Makassar to discuss the precarious situation of persons affected by leprosy in need of advanced wound care and reaction treatment, assistive devices and reconstructive surgery. The current national health insurance system (JKN / BPJS) no longer provides for the care that persons

Capacity Building SIPAKATAU team – VOICE Project 2021-23

August 2021. Gowa, South Sulawesi. We conducted our second capacity building workshop as part of the new empowerment project for young people affected by leprosy that is taking pleace 2021-23 with the support from VOICE Indonesia. The participants were the "Sipakatau" team from PerMaTa Gowa, who had run the first VOICE empowerment project from 2017

Advocacy Visit to North Toraja and Bone

September 2021. Toraja. The management team from PerMaTa Sulsel / YDTI and the team from PerMaTa Gowa visited North Toraja district to advocate for better rehabilitation services for people affected by leprosy. The activity was supported by Sasakawa Health Foundation (SHF). After a 10 hour drive, we spent our first day in the Batu Leleng

Confidence Training in Malino

September 2021, Malino. This activity, as part of a project supported by the Sasakawa Health Foundation (SHF), was aimed at young people from the PerMaTa Takalar and PerMaTa Sinjai branches. The members of the branches PerMaTa Gowa and Bulukumba accompanied the training as facilitators. On the first evening everyone introduced themselves and small groups were

TVRI shoots ‘Inspirational Film’ about PerMaTa South Sulawesi

August 2021. Gowa, South Sulawesi. One of the activities as PerMaTa / YDTI is to increase media involvement to raise awareness about leprosy.  TVRI, the national televison channel offered to shoot a documentary about Ibu Yuli as the head of PerMaTa South Sulawesi as part of their series of 'inspirational films'. After the script was

Sensitization Workshop for Stakeholders in Takalar

July 2021. Takalar, South Sulawesi. As part of the Covid support project in cooperation with the Sasakawa Health Foundation (SHF), we conducted an awareness workshop about leprosy in the district of Takalar. The aim was to show stakeholder, in particular from the work and employment sector, that people affected by leprosy have the same rights

Visit to the Waste Bank In Gowa, Indonesia

July 2021. Gowa, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. DTI visited the Waste Bank in Gowa yesterday to see developments and discuss issues that are still problematic. The Waste Bank is a project of PerMaTa South Sulawesi, an organisation of persons affected by leprosy, supported by the International Cooperative Alliance and Dare This Indonesia. The young members of PerMaTa

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