Balimester district, located in Jatinegara sub-district of East Jakarta, is a very densely populated slum area, where low income families live together with families who were forced by the government to leave their informal settlements in other parts of Jakarta. Jatinegara is close to a huge bus terminal where sex work is widespread, and is known for gang fighting, illegal drugs trafficking and a high HIV/AIDS prevalence. According to UNICEF Indonesia, the age group 15-24 years accounted for 18% of new HIV cases in 2011. Based on recent data from the National AIDS Commission, Jatinegara has the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence in East Jakarta. The East Jakarta Red Cross, which has been working in that area for several years, reported the following major problems: domestic violence, sexual and dating violence, unplanned pregnancies, as well as high rates of STIs among youth. Youth are engaged or exposed to risk, and lack access to SRH information and services.
ARI was set up in 2007 as an informal organization by and for young people in Indonesia, and became legally recognized in 2012. Today, ARI is a youth-led non-profit organization whose mission is to assist the Indonesian government to ensure that all young people have access to health care, complete compulsory education and have the opportunity to access decent work. The NGO works in the areas of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), Education, and Employment. ARI’s objectives related to SRHR are twofold: a) Provision of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in and out of school, and b) Provision of youth-friendly services in every health facility.
EMpower’s 1st grant to ARI enables at risk youth to access SRH information via trained peer educators in schools and community-based informal youth groups. A referral network of service providers will be built and youth will be supported to access SRH health services nearby as well as other needed counselling services (e.g. hotlines providing psychosocial support, legal assistance for survivors of violence).
Primary Location: Jakarta
Funded Since: 2016
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