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Dear All,I am working with a community and supporting them as they take action to reduce alcohol consumption in the community. I would like to learn from experiences of communities who have been effectively able to deal with this issue. What has worked? What were the results?Thanks and regards,RituuSee More
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Rituu B. Nanda
Share facilitator,The Constellation & Evaluation Facilitator at Institute of Social Studies Trust
About Me:
Am still asking the question -who am I?
I love SALT but practice is difficult.
I want to explore the connection between SALT and spirituality.

My professional interests are facilitating community conversations and action, participatory action research, participatory evaluation, gender and equity issues; complexity and systems thinking; Public health is the sector I have worked mostly in.
My dream:
I have these dreams,the closer I get to them in this life time, I would have achieved my life purpose:
-Be non-judgemental
-Have no expectations from anyone as they are cause of misery
-to be selfless in whatever I do. If I help I do no expect anything in return, if I care I have no selfish motive. Otherwise its business.
-to connect as a human being with others
-to be appreciative
-to be a deep and compassionate listener and also listen to my inner voice
I'm proud of:
coordinating the Global Learning Festival in Chennai, my dream come true:-)
What do I want to do to spread Community Life Competence?
Facilitate Community Life Competence in my community, Launch a facilitation team, Join a facilitation team, Share about Community Life Competence with potential partners; friends; colleagues, I want to apply SALT in my own life (S: Stimulate; Support; A: Appreciate; L: Listen; Learn; Link; T: Transfer; Team), I want to share my experience on my blog in Ning
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Why ASHA/health worker wants to transfer SALT to another village?

Posted on March 20, 2018 at 3:30pm 2 Comments

BackgroundIn 2015, 3ie supported Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and Constellation to carry out a rigorous evaluation of the effectiveness of the Stimulate, Appreciate, Listen and Transfer (SALT) and community life competence process in 3 districts of Assam, India. 

In every village, there is an ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) who is responsible for creating…


Families take responsibility for immunization of the children...the onus is not solely on the mother

Posted on February 23, 2018 at 9:00pm 2 Comments

This story is after a discussion with my team mate from Ruchira Neog , Voluntary Health Association of Assam (VHAA). I have also had discussion on this with my Bongaigaon and Udalguri teams.

Often I am asked why we have not focused on 'mothers' in our immunization project in Assam. Why have we engaged the family and the whole village. With 11 months of work, I reflect on this aspect of mothers vs family approach.

We invite every segment…


When people tell stories in a right environment, it is not bragging. It is empowerment!

Posted on January 15, 2018 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

Siobhan Marsh, a young professional from Generate Worldwide and based in Melbourne was visiting India with her students. She invited me to speak to her students on – how can young people engage mindfully in community building and development. For me this was a SALT visit to the group of youth about 16-18 years of age. I was not the expert. What could I do to learn from them and they could learn from each other?…


Community designs its own reminder

Posted on January 3, 2018 at 9:30pm 1 Comment

In current times, we use technology to remind us - our phones, google calendar and so on. In our project on immunization in Assam in a tiny village, people wanted to remember the date of next vaccination schedule of their babies. What did they do? Read on...

In Village Silamahikhati (Kamrup Rural) where facilitator VHAA- Deepak Nath…


Rehabilitation programme centred around residents of rehab centre

Posted on August 25, 2017 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

Vanessa Moorghen, Mauritius shared this experience with me during the Global Learning Festival in 2016

I work with Chrysalide, a rehabilitation centre for women who use drugs and alcohol.

From the beginning of Chrysalide in 2004 we structured the centre in a way that a person coming for admission should start her therapy the day after joining. This means that the new resident has to immediately take on the responsibilities at the centre including therapy, participating…


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At 9:02pm on March 21, 2018, jolanda kirpensteijn said…

But I see I a photo? I put one at the start. Don't you see it?

At 5:08pm on January 9, 2018, Anthony D. Pfeiffer said…

My experience in this particular is brand new. Most of my experiences of community both good & challenging have been faith-based in the United States, Canada, & Puerto Rico. 

For several years I was active in the Mankind Project local community in Cleveland, OH. New Warriors is a rite of passage for men with weekly groups for support. I facilitated several of these during my time there. 

I love everything about community, especially sitting in circle. Currently, I am a co-host for monthly World Cafe online calls. Also, taken a course on The Circle Way. 

My BIG wild idea is a sustainable ecosystem where each of us is supported for life. We have someone greeting us at birth and usually helping us leave at death. Our first breath is witnessed by another human being. And, so is our last. Why not have life support for every breath in between? From cradle to grave. 

At 5:01pm on January 9, 2018, Anthony D. Pfeiffer said…


Your post is inspiring! I had to grab the last part and repeat it here:

Everyone knows what isn't right...their flaws, their weaknesses, but few people know and focus on their strengths, the talents, their skills, their blessings... what is right. It's true isn't it... when our own mental patterns guide us we feel so empowered, no matter what challenges we have, no matter what mountains we need to climb, we make a plan and go about getting it done. More importantly, when we share our dream with others they feel the need to help us fulfill our dreams. We dream together and each other’s words feed our minds and stimulate thought and action.

I end with a beautiful quote by Dom Helder Camara: When we are dreaming alone it is only a dream. When we are dreaming with others, it is the beginning of reality.

At 5:00pm on January 9, 2018, Anthony D. Pfeiffer said…

Yes, I will add a photo. Working on a new headshot. 

At 3:35pm on January 9, 2018, Awuor PONGE said…

Dear Rituu,

Thank you for your very kind words. I will try and do a few statements. At the moment however, I'm bogged down with some strict deadlines.


At 3:04am on January 9, 2018, Anthony D. Pfeiffer said…

Hi Rituu, 

Thank you for your kind words. A dream that for me, must become a reality. We need each other. 

Julia Cameron in her book "The Artist's Way" said "We are to midwife one another's dreams." 

At 8:14am on November 12, 2017, Akhilesh Kumar Terwari said…

It is experienced that children and adolescent girls can provide unbiased feedback and raised the issues affecting them, their families, schools and wider community-if equipped with skills, opportunities and platforms for participation. We are building skills of children and adolescent girls for up streaming their issues through writing their stories, participating in community level participatory planning on their needs, communicating with service providers, influencing gendered and development oriented behaviors. Oracle under its CSR initiatives is supporting us for empowering adolescent girls in sphere of integrated  community development in Barabanki district of Uttar Pradesh. We would like to associate with you to share and enhance journalistic skills of children and adolescent girls for their sustainable empowerment. 

At 1:08pm on October 23, 2017, Anne Mwende Ndolo said…

HHave used SALT in my studies especially when doing our project work this has helped us to complete our project faster and incorporated everyone's point of view. This has helped all members to own the work done by the group as their own and justify information given by the members like it was their original idea.

At 12:02pm on July 25, 2017, C R Jayasankar said…

I know only a very few things on the work being done by you all. would like to know more and participate in one or two events you are organizing. would like to discuss about the tools and tips on health education and health related training programs. Congrats for your committed and concerted work.

At 10:03pm on July 10, 2017, Peter J. Bury said…

Everything it it's own time... ;-)


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