Yayuk “Ayu” Fatmawati
Born and raised in Denpasar, Bali, Yayuk “Ayu” Fatmawati, has over five years of personal recovery from drugs and alcohol. As a bilingual woman and mother of two, she has a vast amount of experience to share with others.
Ayu spent a number of years working with Yayasan Kesehatan Bali (“Yakeba”), a non-profit Indonesian foundation that focuses on public health issues in general and, more specifically, on issues of drug and alcohol addiction. Ayu was trained to work with substance abusers at Yakeba, and was also trained in HIV/Aids and human rights advocacy – programs that are very much her passion today.
Ayu has been with The Lighthouse Bali and Yayasan Bali Mercusuar as the Outreach Coordinator, a Senior Support Worker and a Sober Companion for a number of years. Her love and dedication of those less fortunate lend naturally to her work on the charity projects. She also finds that her personal experience, firm grasp of 12 Step philosophies and holistic practices enable her to work well with women struggling with addiction. Ayu is excited about The Bali Women’s Lighthouse project and focusing her experience, strength and hope directly to women in need.
Ayu also works closely with The Lighthouse Bali’s Outreach Team, assisting with translations when needed, coordinating food and supplies to deliver to the less fortunate and interacting with village or neighbourhood associations. As an Indonesian, Ayu is able to explain the unique circumstances of those in need of The Lighthouse Bali’s outreach services to our clients and formulate an appropriate outreach activity. Along with other members of The Lighthouse Bali team, Ayu particularly enjoys the outreach activities that are geared toward education and support of Indonesian drug users and alcoholics – the substance abusers are first taught harm reduction strategies, including HIV/Aids awareness and education, and then assisted to transition through to abstinence and a sober way of life.