July 2009 stories (11)

Namma Halli Mela : Celebrating the potential of village communities

I have just returned from Samraksha's two day dissemination in Koppal, and it has been an inspiring visit. Different village communities from across the district attended the event, which was a chance for them to share how and why they have become involved with HIV, and what they intend to do in the future. Young men, women, older people, representatives of government programmes at the village level, like the ASHA worker (Accredited Social Health Activist) and ICDS (Integrated Child Development… Continue

Added by Divya Sarma on July 31, 2009 at 7:43pm — 7 Comments

How and when did we get convinced of ACP?

We have all traveled different pathways before we have united in our belief in community strengths. It is interesting to reflect on the journey.

I was introduced to ACP in the beginning of my career and at that point, it did not make much sense to me. I tried hard to understand. Community immersions in various countries where ACP was practiced followed by constant debriefing with my mentors, reading up on manuals, participation in process analysis oriented on ACP followed. One day, I… Continue

Added by Bobby Zachariah on July 30, 2009 at 5:04pm — 1 Comment

My visit to Madhya Pradesh in India to explore implementing partners for the traditional community ( tribal caste) based sex workers

I take this opportunity to describe what I learned during a professional visit to the tribal districts in Madhya Pradesh, India. Before I embark upon the journey I would like to describe that India with its mutiple cultures, castes and communities has a caste based hirearchy which is still alive in most urban and rural India. Infact access to socio-economic and educational empowerment are rather determined by the hirearchy in many regions despite an equity based system in the… Continue

Added by Dr.Vandana P.Bhatia on July 27, 2009 at 4:03pm — 8 Comments

A gift...of hugs and many wonderful things...from Rwanda

Last week, I was part of a GLIA event in Rwanda. During the week, we made a SALT visit to a village called Ruhuha. This was about 90 minutes drive away from the capital, Kigali. The visit was remarkable in so many ways that it is very difficult to know where to start. But I will try.

In the village, a group of orphans had decided that they would work together to meet the challenges that they faced. So when we met them, one group was working to produce clothing for sale to the public.… Continue

Added by Phil on July 24, 2009 at 9:08pm — 1 Comment

SALT in Radio Fritta FM 105: SERAMBI SHORE

Stimulate, Appreciate, Learn/Link and Transfer are referred to a small but powerful word “SALT”. SALT is an approach which appreciates peoples strengthens and stimulates to act on their own through listening and learning. The learning’s are transferred to others as well. SALT approach has taken as an AIDS Competence approach by the Merauke community, Papua along with other communities in 4 provinces of Indonesia some 3 years ago. The work has been… Continue

Added by rebeka sultana on July 24, 2009 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

True dialogue for transformation and peace

I was truly touched by the book of Thich Nhat Hanh Living Buddha, living Christ, in which he brilliantly shows the parallels between the life of Jesus and the life of the Buddha. I was inspired because many of the things he writes make me think Aha! This is exactly what the Community Life Competence Process is about...

I was particularly struck by this paragraph:

"In a true dialogue, both sides are willing to change. We have to… Continue

Added by Laurence Gilliot on July 21, 2009 at 8:51pm — 2 Comments

“Travelling down the roads of learning, my experience, working with truckers”

When I started my work with truckers on HIV, I had several prejudices about them as any other person in the community . I thought they were closed people, I was told that they were spreading HIV because they are mobile and frequent sex workers. But this evolved over time.

As I started working with them I realized that I had no direct link with them, as traders, hotel staff, police men, sex workers, etc. All I understood was that I had to create an opportunity to interact with them in… Continue

Added by M.L. Prabakar on July 13, 2009 at 12:34pm — 5 Comments

More on storytelling

On May 11th, the book and DVD 'Healing through our stories: women constructing HIV historic memory' has been presented to the public in Barcelona, Spain, and I am very happy to say that it has been very well received and it has started to live an independent life.

Before the public presentation, we had a 2 days meeting with the participants to have their feedback before anybody else's and to involve them in the presentation. That workshop was one of the most satisfactory events I… Continue

Added by MariJo on July 12, 2009 at 11:33am — 4 Comments

Tambour, dance et sourire: l'explosion congolaise d'énergie

Dimanche dernier vers midi, Gaston, Mimi et moi sommes arrivés dans la petite cour du centre 'PECS' (Projet d'Entraide pour la Chaîne de Solidarité) pour les enfants de la rue. Les garçons étaient excités et courraient dans tous les sens, jouaient au foot, lavaient leurs vêtements et se battaient gentiment, comme des jeunes garçons peuvent le faire.

La plupart… Continue

Added by Laurence Gilliot on July 11, 2009 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Drum, dance and smile: the Congolese explosion of energy

Last Sunday around noon, Gaston, Mimi and I stepped into the little yard of 'PECS' center (Projet d'Entraide pour la Chaîne de Solidarité) for street children. The boys were excitingly running around, playing football, washing their clothes and gently fighting as young boys do.

Most of them live a hard life in the streets of Kinshasa. Some of them take… Continue

Added by Laurence Gilliot on July 11, 2009 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

A milestone judgement by an Indian court !

Dear Friends,

In a 105 page judgement delivered by the Hon'ble Chief Justice of the High Court of Delhi(Mr.Justice Ajit Prakash Shah) and Hon'ble Dr Justice S.Muralidhar; apparently some portions of the section377 of the Indian Penal Code have been declared null and void.

The provision criminalized even an act of consensual sex between adults of same sex in private an offence-a non-bailable crime with punishment of 8 to 10 years.

The High Court of Delhi of… Continue

Added by Dr Rajesh Gopal on July 3, 2009 at 10:30pm — 5 Comments

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