The following are some comments made by people who have been in contact with YAKITA and its work.
Hopefully, this will give you an idea of what we do and recognize that we are passionate about what we do. We love what we do, and we do it with heart
Changing Lives, is what YAKITA is all about.
YAKITA - what does it mean to me?
Robert Bennoun begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting, HIV/AIDS Expert
Rachel Odede, Regional Advisor, HIV/AIDS
It’s clear to many that YAKITA has become one of the leading drug recovery programs in Asia. What may not be as evident is all of the other fine work this program does with young people in both Indonesia and throughout the region. These activities range from
While this range of activities is impressive, what is most remarkable is that through it all, YAKITA is a community. It is a community of dedicated, intelligent and caring people – and the world is a better place because it exists.
Michael J. Rosati, Technical Expert
Thailand Ministry of Public Health,
Department. of Mental Health, Bangkok
To make "humans become more human", that is the lesson that I got at YAKITA. To be humans who could appreciate, respect, be open hearted, able to express feelings, and to be non-judgemental and non-discriminating. The togetherness in this family is lead by compassion and understanding. "To be human!" - that is one sentence that I can think of and the most impressive lesson from YAKITA".- Aris, Jawa Tengah
First impression is AMAZING ... that is what I can say to represent what I feel. First time I walked on the grounds of Villa Pandawa YAKITA, I felt that it was so green, and the addicts in recovery were so nice and kind. That impressed me. The materials taught to volunteers, learning about communication, drug addiction, HIV/AIDS ... all the sessions destroyed all lingering negative thoughts I had about people with HIV/AIDS. The knowledge about the world of addiction presented in training sessions opened my horizon. Recovering addicts were so open in sharing, and they amaze me. Please continue to have this type of trainings and would YAKITA please open centers throughout Indonesia! - A Kadir, Kupang, NTT
There were many lessons about life that I received at YAKITA, things that I have never received anywhere else, ever! It is just so AMAZING here, I learned directly from the addicts and from their life experiences. I learned the problems of addiction, from your direct life experiences. The way you fought hard to recover motivated myself to better myself. I feel ashamed by all of you addicts who trained us, as you are able to stand tall, improve your lives and be the way you are now. I feel that you know how to value life and give your lives meaning, more than I can. I feel so envious. Thank you for teaching me. Lessons about Honesty, Openmindedness, Willingness has opened my eyes. - Pama
YAKITA Volunteers in Birueun, Aceh
The EmPowered Youth that YAKITA started, come wth the following group names: AYOMI (Aceh Youth Family), STICKER (Greater Jakarta), KIPAS (Makassar, South Sulawesi), 25M (Bandung, West Java), VEDHA (Surabaya, East Java), KEMBANG (Semarang, Central Java), WAY (We Are Youth, Bali), LONTHAR (Kupang, NTT), TIFA3 (Jayapura, Papua). All groups are under EmPowered Youth Program Division of YAKITA.
We no longer support Youth Groups outside Aceh and Bogor.
" I just wanted to thank you! Today I am FOUR years sober, something that never would have happened without your help!!! I couldn't believe it this morning; I kept trying to think of that time that I must have messed this up somehow and not really be 4 years sober. Almost unreal. Well, thank you thank you thank you! For sticking through it in the beginning .... after the beginning .... when I was still a horror ... even after that when I was worse .... a few times when I got better .. then when I got worse again .... a little bit better ... even after I almost bankrupted you with tissue costs .. and still now :)!!! Seriously though, thank you for all your continued help, love and support". (El, San Fransisco)
Stakeholders Training, Maldives (May 1-14, 2006)
What is Unique about your 2 week training at YAKITA?
STUDY TOUR for UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia Programme Officers and their GO & NGO Partners (24-29 June 2007)
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Minister of Health (2002) and National AIDS Commission for Active Involvement in HIV/AIDS Programming in Indonesia
Vice Governor of West Java (2005) for Active Involvement in Drug Prevention & Intervention
Rotary Club (2004) for active Involvement in Drug Prevention in Schools
Vice Governor of Bali and National AIDS Commission (2005) for Active Involvement in HIV/AIDS prevention
HIV/AIDS Programming in Bali (YAKITA Bali and Empowered Youth of Bali) Major of Bandung (2004) for Active Involvement in HIV/AIDS prevention in Bandung (Empowered Youth West Java)
Ashoka Indonesia: Inclusion of Joyce Djaelani (YAKITA Founder) in Ashoka Fellowship of Social Changemakers” (2003) – www.ashoka.org
Noted as Successful Intervention, Treatment & Aftercare Program in “Adolescent Substance Use: Risk & Protection”, UN Publications prepared by ESCAP and United Nations Office for Drug and Crime (UNODC), 2003
National AIDS Commission; Joyce Djaelani (YAKITA Founder) as one of the First Generation Activists in Indonesia on HIV/AIDS issues
BNN (National Narcotics Control Board) 2007: Joyce Djaelani (YAKITA Founder) for her role in Drug Prevention and Intervention in Indonesia
Marga Pratama, BNN (National Narcotics Control Board) 2007: for YAKITA’s role in Drug Prevention and Intervention in Indonesia, given on International Anti Drug
Mayor of Jayapura, Papua, July 2010, for Drug Prevention and Intervention in Jayapura.