I have never come across (so far) across any religion or sect and its relationship with homosexuals, bisexuals and the transgendered etc till I chanced upon a website of GALVA (The Gay & Lesbian Vaishnava Association, Inc
). The website provides "information and support to GLBTI Vaishnavas and Hindus" [The Vaishnavas are a sect of Hinduism]
The GALVA website says, "This website is provided by the Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association, an… Continue
Added by Sunil on February 19, 2009 at 8:30pm —
Two years ago, my friend named David came to me and he said that he wanted to go to HIV test. On that time I asked him why he wanted to do that? He is gay and has a boyfriend – but often having sex with other boys out there without condom. Firstly, I told him to think positively and I gave him a booklet about HIV and AIDS. I asked him to read it carefully and after that we would discuss it. A week after, I was invited some friends who are HIV positive to gave testimony to David. Finally, David… Continue
Added by Harry Kurniawan on February 19, 2009 at 12:41pm —
I am 19 years old girls and now attending in public university in my hometown, Pontianak City, West Borneo, as you know before, I just an ordinary girl like many girls in my country, having fun, going around, shopping, and everything about youth lifestyle, and I have many friends too, boys and girls, young and adults.
Until I know about HIV-AIDS and get in to the activism world, I met with very a lot of different people, and I must adapted with every people, not only boys and girls… Continue
Added by Gyna Lydiana on February 19, 2009 at 8:55am —
ALTCe dimanche matin, je découvre le Centre pour les Arts de l’Université de Chiang Mai. Il est situé non loin de l’aéroport, au milieu d’un merveilleux parc. Quelques anciennes maisons en bois me rappellent ma maison de Phayao. Une douce lumière hivernale perce à travers les arbres. Laurence
m’y a invité à me joindre à son groupe de méditation. Aujourd’hui, Ajarn Pramual est venu raconter son aventure. Ce professeur de philo… Continue
Added by Jean-Louis Lamboray on February 18, 2009 at 6:00pm —
I just come back from Chiang Mai Center for the Arts. There, a few hundred meters from the airport, is a wonderful piece of land. Old wooden houses remind me of my house in Phayao. The special light of Northern Thai winter shines between the trees. I am there at the invitation by Laurence
: I am joining her meditation group. As a special treat, Ajarn Pramual will tell his story. A philosophy professor at the University of… Continue
Added by Jean-Louis Lamboray on February 17, 2009 at 10:01pm —
Sorry all..... for once again editing my story and changing the title......... but I had to include the second story....
Community Health Action network (CHAN) is an NGO that offers counselling, medical facilities, referrals, drop-in centre facility, for IDU's and FSW and a community Counseling component which comprises of a facilitation team that follows up the clients in their communities/localities and does community counseling and SALT visits. The facilitation team follows up the… Continue
Added by Zoengpari on February 16, 2009 at 6:00pm —
6 February 2009…Chiangmai…third and final day of the Knowledge Fair. In the first two days, I had thoroughly enjoyed the exchanges with teams from different countries of the world.
Then began the third day with a jolt of shock. Some of my newly formed friends were not what I had thought they were. They were casually sharing their sexual orientation, they were gay/ transgender and I was getting confused, and growing uncomfortable by the minute. I am from India where discussing… Continue
Added by Sandeep Gaikwad on February 16, 2009 at 12:43pm —
It happened few months ago at Theni District of Tamil Nadu, India. A woman infected and in the last stages was admitted in a hospital here. The members of the association formed by women sex workers took turns to look after the ailing woman. They brought in freshly cooked food for her, fed her and cleaned her up. They sat with her in turns to cheer her up. They asked the woman's daughter, a young girl who lived in another district, to come and see her mother. The girl came in the morning and… Continue
Added by Indumathi Ravi Shankar on February 13, 2009 at 11:00pm —
Whole night it rain heavily, I thought the early morning flight would be cancelled or postponed. We had a schedule to meet both the SALT teams at Pontianak and Singkawang. I heard about the teams there, excited to meet, saw Novi (already a friend) and Chandra at ning. I heard the teams are having problems, they are stuck …I did not know, not sure about what it was. Now that with the rain I was thinking how it will turn up.
We arrived Pontianak, a sunny morning; the city was glowing with… Continue
Added by rebeka sultana on February 13, 2009 at 8:09pm —
Title: The world is not only me
One lady was affected with HIV/ AIDS since 1999 from her husband. She is living in Svay Rieng province in Cambodia, close to the Vietnam border. She did not know about her status until 2002 and than she divorced her husband. Our Volunteers tried to persuade her to access health services and provide assistance several times but she was rejecting because of stigma and discrimination within her community even her children were not allowed to play with… Continue
Added by Kith Marady on February 13, 2009 at 7:30am —
The sex workers in Periyackulam district, Tamil Nadu say "Sex without condoms: those days are gone!". 8 years ago it was observed that though women in sex work were aware about the use of condoms to prevent STIs and HIV they were exposed to infections. When the Siaap, team discussed in detail certain facts emerged such as emergencies in the family, ill health, debts and arrest by police caused financial crisis. In order to solve the crisis they had to raise more money so they gave-in to demands… Continue
Added by M.L. Prabakar on February 12, 2009 at 11:54pm —
I'm posting this to the members of Ning and in particular to those who attended the Fair in Chiang Mai last week. It was a great opportunity to meet and talk with all the participants at the Fair, meet old friends and make some new ones. My apologies for missing the first day of site visits but I did make time over the weekend to meet with the staff from Violet Home separately so that was useful for me..
From my own personal perspective I would like to get a sense of what the key… Continue
Added by Greg Gray on February 12, 2009 at 2:59pm —
I just realized that I had family members all over Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, India, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, etc. The International Knowledge Fair in Chiang Mai felt like a family reunion...
It is so special to be in a room with 76 people who all share the same values... I felt safe, appreciated, stimulated.
We all felt that "yes! I'm not alone... believing in people's capacity to solve their own problems."
We also felt the connection with… Continue
Added by Laurence Gilliot on February 8, 2009 at 8:31pm —
Driving through the hills of Northern Thailand, I am amazed how comfortable I feel with my Indonesian friends. I only know Eki, Gina, Lulu and the others for 4 days, although it feels like I just travelled with them for a month. We come back from Phayao where we visited Suwat, the public health official who is in his free time is a natural community ‘leader’ with a beautiful temple in his backyard. Yesterday, we had an incredible peer assist between Mali (represented by Sangare, coordinator for… Continue
Added by Gaston on February 8, 2009 at 7:33pm —
Sri Lanka is a low prevalence country inspite of having a high prevalence of risk behaviour. Mattakkuliya, situated in the heart of the Colombo city, is peculiar in that common perception is that it is inhabited with aggressive, socially destructive and uneducated people. Lots of crimes do originate from the area. Youth in the area also have different characteristics to those in other parts of the country. They are extremely outgoing, there is little interest in getting educated and learning… Continue
Added by Kalana on February 6, 2009 at 8:30pm —
In response to MariJo's request, here's the full concept paper excerpted in my previous blog. Hope other friends will find it useful as well. Let me know if you would like to get in touch with the event organizers and/or some participants of that event, and I'll be happy to provide some contacts for you.
Decent Care Values in Palliative Care Services
WHO - Office of Partnerships, Geneva
In many ways… Continue
Added by Usa Duongsaa on February 2, 2009 at 8:50pm —
Re: SALT in Masbate Done!
Posted by: "Joseph Carlo Carillo" email@example.com boracacai
Thu Oct 11, 2007 2:08 am (PST)
hello people from sun shiny boracay island!
Im in a swimsuit as we now correspond, Tino was asked to come over by malay AIDS Council for another business, nkisakay na lang ako to serve salt, with a little sugar and spice and Im the evrything nice.Its a good experience for me and the group and the insights are profound. Ill be doing it with John… Continue
Added by miel nora on January 24, 2009 at 7:30pm —
During 12-16 Jan.09 I had an opportunity to attend the WHO- Ford Foundation Global Consultation on 'Decent Care Values in Palliative Care Services' in Tunis, Tunisia. The experience was very interesting so I would like to share it with you.
I assume many friends in this virtual community are new to palliative care and decent care, just like me :-) So please allow me to start with the following excerpt from the consultation’s concept paper:
Added by Usa Duongsaa on January 22, 2009 at 10:00pm —
I was a bit worried when I got my Dakar itinerary, it would be my first visit to Africa and ….. arrived at 11:55?. I got Meike’s (HIVOS) bunch of emails on some tips in the Dakar airport….do not bring much cash, do not withdraw money at the airport, you have to bargain for the taxy…. hm….confused but excited! It would be my first time joins the Constellation team in facilitating the training outside of my country.
Then, I was lucky enough to have Mukhotib, a participant from… Continue
Added by Risya Kori on January 16, 2009 at 12:15pm —
I sit in a packed train from Brussels to Amsterdam passing by snow covered villages in the beautiful Belgian countryside. I am reflecting about a very intense week and pondering how to summarize this in one blog.
It started with two days of reflective action with our multinational Core Facilitation Team (CFT) in Brussels about our ‘business models for the future’. Phil Forth tossed the most important word of the two days: FRACTAL. Like a snowflake consists of all similar snowflake… Continue
Added by Gaston on January 14, 2009 at 2:27pm —