YAKITA foundation

Yayasan Harapan Permata Hati Kita
Addiction Recovery & Community Center

How You Can Help


  • By staying clean and sober, staying away from drugs. 
  • by getting help when you are using drugs
  • by helping people understand the importance of drug recovery
  • by helping people understand the dangers of addiction and substance abuse and its related issues (HIV, HCV, TB, STIs, etc.)
  • by helping people get clean and sober
  • by helping women whose husbands are addicted, and they themselves are infected by HIV from their husbands.  Helping addicted women recover. 
  • by helping women through skill building and income generating programs so they can support themselves and their children.  
  • by volunteering your skills to the cause


You may want to join out hundreds of volunteers at YAKITA sprawled throughout the country. Sometimes we carry out trainings for volunteers, since addiction and its related issues are complex issues that will require you to have some basics to ensure the quality of our services. We take our programs and services seriously. Our volunteers are involved in:

  • Empowered Youth program (MUDA BERDAYA), which goes out to teach youth groups on drugs, HIV, and related issues.  
  • Prison outreach program (PrisonPALS), which goes out to local prisons to teach about drug recovery, relapse prevention, and health issues.
  • Drop in Center Program and Skill Building Programs
  • Recovery Program

We are also open for internship. Our interns have mostly been students from various local universities.  International interns have also been welcomed at YAKITA. We have had interns from Australia, Bangladesh, Maldives and a few other countries. 

If you wish to join us as a volunteer or for internship, please send us your CV and a short essay on how you can contribute to the cause. You can email these to yakita@cbn.net.id



We get donations to fund our activities and addiction and HIV, HCV, TB and health care campaigns. If you wish to donate, we accept direct fund transfers to the following dedicated account.


Beneficiary:              Yayasan Harapan Permata Hati Kita

Account Number       095 3013727

Beneficiary Bank      Bank Central Asia,Cabang Juanda, Bogor, Jawa Barat,


Swift Code:               CENAIDJA


Donations will:
  1. Assist families of addicts who could not pay for recovery programs, especially for addicts who have HIV for a 6 months recovery program.
  2. Assist prison programs (Prison PALS) on a regular basis by providing regular training funds, and transportation funds for our outreach volunteers.
  3. Assist schools and youth program (Empowered Youth Program), enabling them to reach out to more schools, and train more young people
  4. Assist in funding training of parents of addicts and families of addicts to help ensure families understand the process of recovery and how to maintain recovery at home. And to train parents on how to maintain drug free homes.
  5. Assist in funding training of school teachers.
  6. Providing funds to print informational flyers, posters, and other educational materials. This could be in the form of sponsored materials where you might also opt to have your company logo on these materials and make this as part of your CSR.
  7. Help to develop income generating programs (JUNKIES) to help those who are positive maintain a positive life and support their families, children and their health care. This type of support does not need to be in money form, but could also be programmed in the form of transfer of skills given over the course of three months to a year.

Contact the office at (62)(251) 8243077 for more information on the various ways you can help, because all of us can make a difference.


You can make a difference too!


Why Should WE help Addicts?

 The truth of the matter is ... while many are interested in funding big information campaigns, campaigns that would grab media attention, the real work is not in these big campaigns.

While big media campaigns grabs attention, it does little to change or impact on people's lives, aside from the volunteers who are engaged in the process. We are interested in making an impact on people's lives. 

The hard work is in working one on one with young people we wish to prevent from ever becoming addicts, young people with problems that puts them at risk of becoming addicts, and addicts so they would seek a better life. Helping means that we help them by providing information, counseling, recovery. Often these include help in the early hours of the morning, helping them go through the ups and downs, tend to their every bruise, pain and wounds. Taking time to listen, and the taking time to help. Helping families put things into perspective.

As in any chronic disease, addicts do not become addicts in a day, nor will they become better in a day.

 Studies have found that helping addicts recover does much for the community at large. Let us look through the summary of some of these study findings in the US.    

  • For every additional dollar invested in addictions treatment, the taxpayer saves $7.46 in societal costs (including the cost of incarceration). Rydell, C.P. & Everingham, S.S. (1994) Controlling Cocaine Supply Versus Demand Programs. RAND Drug Policy Research Center. Santa Monica, CA.
  • Substance abuse treatment cuts drug use in half, reduces criminal activity up to 80 percent, and reduces arrests up to 64 percent. Office of Evaluation, Scientific Analysis and Synthesis, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. (1997) The National Treatment Improvement Evaluation Study (NTIES).
  • Recent cost benefit studies consistently find that benefits (i.e., improvements in crime, health and societal functioning) are greater than the costs of substance abuse treatment. Harwood, H. (2002). Cost Effectiveness and Cost Benet Analysis of Substance Abuse Treatment: Literature Review and Annotated Bibliography. Presentation at IRETA February 20, 2003.
  • The societal benefits for treating addicted women are four times greater than the cost of treatment. Harwood, H., Fountain, D., Carothers, S., Gerstein, D., & Johnson, R. (1998). Gender differences in the economic impacts of clients before, during and after substance abuse treatment. Drugs & Society, 13(1-2), 251-269.
  • According to several conservative estimates, every $1 invested in addiction treatment programs yields a return of between $4 and $7 in reduced drug-related crime, criminal justice costs, and theft alone. When savings related to health care are included, total savings can exceed costs by a ratio of 12:1. National Institute on Drug Addiction, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health. (1999). Principles of Drug Addiction.
  • A major 1994 RAND Corporation study that was commissioned by the US Army found that law enforcement costs 15 times more than drug treatment to achieve the same degree of benefit in reduced cocaine consumption, reduced crime, and reduced violence. PLNDP and Join Together (January 2000). A Physician’s Guide on How to Advocate for More Effective National and State Drug Policies.
  • Drug abuse treatment has a marked economic impact. A 1997 study published in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology found that drug treatment saves $19,000 per patient in crime-related costs in the year following treatment. Compared with the costs of treatment for addiction ($2,828 for methadone maintenance, $8,920 for residential treatment, and $2,908 for outpatient drug-free treatment) drug treatment can offer immense savings. PLNDP and Join Together. (January 2000). A Physician’s Guide on How to Advocate for More Effective National and State Drug Policies.
  • The overall cost of illicit drug abuse to society is estimated to have been $160.7 billion in 2000, according to a report released by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The majority of these costs (69%) were for productivity losses stemming from such things as premature death, illness related to drug abuse, and incarceration. Other costs included health care (9%) and criminal justice/social welfare costs (22%). The total cost of drug abuse to society rose at approximately a 6% annual rate between 1992 and 2000, primarily from increases in productivity losses due to incarceration and illness related to drug abuse. Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). (September 2001). The Economic Costs of Drug Abuse in the United States, 1992-1998. Washington, DC. The Whitehouse Office of National Drug Control Policy. (2001) The Economic Costs of drug Abuse in the United States, 1992-1998. Washington, DC: Executive Office of the President (Publication No. NCJ-190636)
  • A substance-abuse treatment prenatal program for pregnant drug abusers returns the initial expenditures more than twice over in what is not spent on the costs of increased crime and psychosocial functioning and reduced emergency room visits. Substance Abuse Funding News. Prenatal Substance-Abuse Services Return Treatment Cost Twofold. Retrieved March 12, 2003 from http://cdpublications.com/
  • Following treatment, 19 percent more persons received income from jobs and 11 percent fewer persons received welfare income. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (2001). National Treatment Improvement Evaluation Study (NTIES), 1992-1007. Conducted by National Opinion Research Center (NORC). ICPSR ed. An Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor].
  • The conclusions of Ohio’s 4-year study on the cost effectiveness of substance abuse treatment confirm [that] drug treatment improves people’s lives, and saves money. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (Fall, 1998). Treatment Improvement Exchange TIE Communiqué (TIE), Special Issue. Substance Abuse Treatment and Welfare Reform. Retrieved May 13, 2003 from the CSAT website: http://www.treatment.org communique/comm98W/indexWelfareSept98.html
  • Treatment is very cost beneficial to taxpayers. The cost benefit averages a $7 return for every dollar invested. Second, criminal activities significantly declined after treatment. In 1992, the cost of treating approximately 150,000 individuals was $200 million. The benefits received during treatment and in the first year afterwards totaled approximately $1.5 billion in savings. The largest savings were due to reductions in crime. Finally, significant improvements in health and corresponding reductions in hospitalizations were found during and after treatment. Emergency room admissions, for example, were reduced by one-third following treatment. Treatment is a good investment! State of California (1994). Evaluating Recovery Services: The California Drug and Alcohol Treatment Assessment (CALDATA), Exec Summary, (ADP) 94-4628.
  • Recent studies show that after six months, treatment for alcoholism is successful for 40 to 70 percent of patient/clients; cocaine treatment is Successful for 50 to 60 percent and opiate treatment for 50 to 80 percent. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (February 2001). Key Indicators for Policy Update, Substance Abuse The Nation’s Number One Health Problem. Princeton New Jersey.
  • Evidence that drug addiction treatments are effective comes from a series of reviews and additional data analyses of more than 600 peer reviewed research articles. Marwick, C. (1998). Physician Leadership on National Drug Policy Finds Addiction Treatment Works. Journal of the American Medical Association, 279(15), 1149-1150.
  • Relapse rates for treatment of alcohol, opioids and cocaine are less than those for hypertension and asthma, and equivalent to those of diabetes. Compliance rates for treatment of alcohol, opioids and cocaine are greater than compliance rates for hypertension and asthma. O’Brien, C.P., & McLellan, A.T. (1996). Myths about the Treatment of Addiction. The Lancet, 347, 237-240.
  • Nearly seventy percent (69%) of patients with addictions-related medical conditions who received health care as part of the addictions treatment program were abstinent 6 months after leaving treatment. Weisner, C., Mertens, J., Parthasarathy, S., Moore, C., & Lu, Y. (2001). Integrating Primary Medical Care with Addiction Treatment, A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of the American Medical Association, 286(14), 1715-1723.
  • Unlike what exists for other chronic illnesses, in 1999 the National Institute on Drug Abuse published a set of 13 overarching scientifically based “principles” that characterize and can ensure effective treatment. National Institute on Drug Addiction, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health. (1999). Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment.
  • In a recent study conducted by the Department of Anthropology of the University of Memphis, 63.3% of persons studied reported being abstinent following treatment, and 51.4% remained abstinent at follow up. Kedia, S. Substance Abuse Treatment Effectiveness in Tennessee 2000-2001 Statewide Treatment Outcome Evaluation. Retrieved January 15, 2003 from http://www.people.memphis.edu/~toads/statereport-2001.pdf. Kedia, S. Tennessee ADAT-DUI Outcome Evaluation 2000-2001 Retrieved January 15, 2003 www.people.memphis.edu/~toads/dui-2001.pdf.
  • Because it helps families, and because you can. 


Can You, Can WE - Make Difference?



The Starfish

  YAKITA Version


Once upon a time there was an old man

who used to go to the ocean to do his writing.

He had a habit of walking on the beach

before he began his work.


One day he was walking along the shore.

As he looked down the beach,

he saw a human figure,

moving like a dancer.


He smiled to himself to think

that someone who would dance to the day.

So he began to walk faster to catch up.


As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man

and the young man wasn't dancing,

but instead he was reaching down to the shore,

picking up something

and very gently throwing it

into the ocean.


As he got closer he called out,

"Good morning! What are you doing?"


The young man paused,

looked up and replied,

"Throwing starfish in the ocean."


"I guess I should have asked,

why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?"

"The sun is up and the tide is going out.

If I don't throw them in, they'll die," says the young man


"But, young man,don't you realize

there are miles and miles of beach

and starfish all along it.

How can your efforts possibly make a difference?"


YAKITA, the young man, listened politely.

Then bent down, picked up another starfish

and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves

and said:    


"It makes a difference to this one!"



 Recovery is that Ocean



Load the ship and set out. No one knows for certain whether the vessel will sink or reach the harbor. Cautious people say, "I'll do nothing until I can be sure". Merchants know better. If you do nothing, you lose. Don't be one of those merchants who wont risk the ocean.