20 November 2021. “Sipakatau” is a group of young people in Gowa, South Sulawesi who are affected by leprosy and who have been guided and trained in a 2-year project by PerMaTa South Sulawesi / YDTI to become agents of change in their communities. They are now in a new project supported by VOICE Indonesia the moderators and coaches for a new group of young people affected by leprosy: Pakarena.
There were several young people who were only 15 years old, they were very shy but dared to speak and participate.
At least two in the group have disabilities, many of them never finished school or had to give up their jobs because of leprosy. We hope to involve the young people in many activities over the next 2 years where they can realise their abilities and their value by helping others in the community, where they make many new friends within PerMaTa, and help to end stigma and discrimination!