About Us

Who we are

Participation and empowerment - our main goals and working principles

YDTI is an Indonesian non-profit organisation working in the field of Disability and Leprosy.

Members of the communities we collaborate with are meaningfully involved in the planning and implementation of our activities.

Our catchment area is the whole of Indonesia, while currently our focus is on South Sulawesi. YDTI has its head office in Benteng Somba Opu, Gowa, South Sulawesi, and a joint office with PerMaTa South Sulawesi in Makassar.

Our Team


Al Kadri is a highly experienced advocate in leprosy. He is chairman of PerMaTa Indonesia, an organisation by and for people affected by leprosy.

Governing Board
Al Kadri

Doddy, a lawyer and human-rights activist, works in the field of HIV/Aids, leprosy and disability since 15 years and enriches YDTI with out-of-the-box thinking.

Governing Board
Doddy Tumanduk

Kerstin, German, lives in Indonesia and worked in leprosy for 20 years. She is experienced in rehabilitation and inclusive community development.

Kerstin Beise

Yuliati is a trained nurse, very diligent in everything she does, and leader of PerMaTa South Sulawesi. She is committed to providing practical support to her peers on site. 


Maureen Maspaitella is a personal assistant for persons with disabilities and advocate for inclusive travel. She is very practical and therefore our valued secretary.


Rahma, 32, leader of PerMaTa Gowa. She is the head of our field team, loves to work with her peers and is very active, energetic and hardworking.

Head of field team

Roni Saputra Habib, or Rye, is 26 and a member of PerMaTa since 2018. Besides active field work he has skills in IT and database management.

Field Team
Roni Saputra

Arfah, 21, joint PerMaTa in 2018, which helped him to overcome his self-stigma. He is a keen field worker supporting peers and raising leprosy awareness.

Field team
Muh Arfah

Salma, 35, is an advocate with PerMaTa since 2014. She has an education in accounting and is our chief finance staff. 


Erma is 33 and a member of PerMaTa since 2015. Next to finance she is also involved in the field team.


Organisational structure

We are still a small organization with a board that takes a keen interest in our work, and with a great team of young and energetic people, who all have personal experience of being affected by leprosy. 

Our team represents the broad spectrum of knowledge in the field of disability and leprosy. With Al Kadri and Yuli we have the support of two leading activists in the field of leprosy. Dr Gaffar is a doctor with a senior position in the Gowa District Health Department, South Sulawesi. Doddy Tumanduk and Kerstin Beise have many years of experience in disability/leprosy work and in project management, while our secretary is an advocate for inclusive tourism.

We are proud of our dedicated team of young women and men affected by leprosy, who use their experience and expertise to help others overcome the effects of leprosy.

2/3 of our team are women, and over 2/3 are persons affected by leprosy.

Our Leprosy Work

We support people affected by leprosy and their organizations, and advocate for non-discrimination and equal opportunities in the areas of health, rehabilitation, social security and livelihood.

We work in close partnership with PerMaTa South Sulawesi, a DPO of people affected by leprosy. YDTI often acts as legal host for PerMaTa South Sulawesi.

Our activities are mainly implemented by persons affected by leprosy. We attach great importance to building their capacity so that they can stand up for their own rights. Our special focus is on young women, who often face multiple forms of stigma and injustice. 

We emphasize the importance of intersectionality and therefore see our work in a broad way, fighting for the rights and justice of all marginalized groups in society.

Read about our activities here.

Our aim is to reach people affected by leprosy in South Sulawesi and beyond, and support them in their empowerment and with their psycho-social, medical and economic needs.
We strive to involve young men and especially women affected by leprosy in our activities, who then can continue helping others as agents of change in their communities.

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