Rumah Cemara’s actions will develop and add more structure to our existing Football Program in order to solve the greater problem of stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS in Indonesia. We will continue our weekly practices and matches, but incorporate more players and publicize our work locally, nationally, and internationally. We will use our strong relationships with the hospitals and health centers of West Java to create a “referral system” for new HIV cases. Therefore, people who learn they are HIV positive will be referred not only to nutritional counselors and support groups, but also to the Rumah Cemara Football Program. Also, we are presently training a team of players selected to represent Indonesia in the Homeless World Cup, a tournament that will draw crucial government acknowledgment of our work that could lead to policy changes demanding efforts to counter stigma against people with HIV. As our number of participants increases and our reputation becomes better known, our football teams can transform into an organized, effective football league.
The results of our actions will increase participation in and recognition of our Football Program to make Indonesian society more comfortable with and capable of discussing HIV/AIDS and protecting against the spread of HIV/AIDS, while ensuring respect for the rights of people already living with HIV. We intend to increase the number of teams and number of weekly players, from both HIV positive and HIV negative communities, as well as from professional football teams. The more advocates we can ‘train’ to stand up for the rights of people living with HIV, the more comfortable people living with HIV will be to open their status, and vice versa. Also, pending our success in fundraising, will send “Team Indonesia” to the Homeless World Cup 2010, which could result in attracting a professional coach to our Program, the creation of a formal League out of our present set of teams, increased media coverage on our work at provincial, national and international levels, and greater cooperation on HIV/AIDS issues with the otherwise reluctant government.
What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.
By the year 2012, Rumah Cemara’s program of weekly football matches aims to become a formal, recognized Provincial Football League of people living with HIV, also serving as a forum for HIV/AIDS education. This League will specifically engage players and teams of people living with HIV, however continue the strategy of playing weekly scrimmage matches against teams from outside the HIV community, to be used as HIV education opportunities. In order to reach this success, we will need to see at least a steady 50% increase in HIV positive participants every year, from 100 in 2009, to 150 in 2010, to 225 in 2011, to 338 in 2012. We aim for a similar buildup of teams, from our six present teams in 2009, to eight in 2010, to 12 in 2011, to 16 in 2012. Currently, our players are all male, and we hope that over the next three years, we recruit enough women to form at least two to four women’s football teams. We also must secure enough funds to bring our teams to tournaments that will increase our program’s standing and reputation, including the Homeless World Cup, and also the National Narcotics Board (BNN) Football Tournament, which our team won in 2009 and intends to participate in and win again over the next three years. Lastly, throughout our program development over the next three years, we will need to consistently secure positive media coverage at local, national, and international levels.
What would prevent your project from being a success?
If people living with HIV remain hesitant to join our program or open their status, it will be difficult to have meaningful discussions about HIV/AIDS with all participants. Also, inability to secure funds to participate in the Homeless World Cup and BNN tournaments will prevent us from attaining the international recognition and support from Indonesian government that will motivate others to become involved in our program.