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Community Life Competence Process to strengthen CBOs of Female Sex Workers

CARE India, through SAKSHAM Grant Supplement project works with 42 Community Based Organizations (CBOs)/  NGOs implementing HIV Prevention programme with FSWs and MSMs in 7 districts of Andhra Pradesh with goal of enhancing community response to HIV. SAKSHAM has been successful in promoting development of CBOs through a blended approach of Community-to-Community learning based on SALT as a way of working and thinking.

Sixty Community Resource Pool from the…


Added by YERUVA ANTHONY REDDY on February 13, 2013 at 8:03am — 2 Comments

She believed in her strengths….and continues to inspire many in spite of the worst tragedy of her life…..

Padmavathy is working as a Manager-Capacity Building in CARE-SAKSHAM team for the past six years. SAKSHAM project works with Community Based Organizations of female sex workers in Andhra Pradesh. During these six years she created many leaders through her art of ‘Appreciating’ the community and helping them believe in their ‘strengths’ to deal with their problems. Many community leaders owe their gratitude for Padmavathy for inspiring them to become great leaders through her…


Added by YERUVA ANTHONY REDDY on September 20, 2011 at 11:55am — 3 Comments

Asha Rekha Mahila Mandali-CBO of Sex workers dreams to be a ‘Learning Site’

Asha Rekha Mahila Mandali (ARMM) is a CBO of sex workers based at Chirala,  Ongole District, Andhra Pradesh. Vibrant CBO leaders of ARMM attended onsite capacity building programme facilitated by CARE-SAKSHAM at Prema Sangham Mahila Mandali (PSMM)-Chittore. Five executive board members and three NGO staff attended four day immersion programme at PSMM-a Learning Site.


Female sex worker’s community of PSMM shared on how they collectivized themselves to find solutions to the…


Added by YERUVA ANTHONY REDDY on May 27, 2011 at 2:15pm — 2 Comments

Bold sex worker from a small village overcomes Intimate Partner Violence with the help of JLMM-CBO

Bujji, a member of Jhansi Lakshmi Mahila Mandali (JLMM) promoted by CERA-NGO based at Ananthapure shares her journey of overcoming intimate partner violence with the help of CBO and police personnel.


Bujji hails from a small village in Ananthapure district from a big lower middle class family of four elder brothers and three elder sisters. At the age of 14 she falls in love trap  of a handsome boy ‘Raju’ from a small town. Bujji by then was lured into sex work and her lover…


Added by YERUVA ANTHONY REDDY on February 17, 2011 at 3:40pm — 1 Comment

Whatever you give out in life is what you receive back in life. Give positivity, you receive back positivity;Sangha Mitra Welfare society demonstrates this saying with their work.

Sangha Mitra Welfare Society (SWS) is a CBO of Men having Sex with Men (MSM) and Transgenders (TGs) based at Kakinada, in East Godavari District at Andhra Pradesh, India. Environment Centre, local NGO promoted SWS as part of its HIV prevention programme with MSM and TGs. SWS is now declared as a Learning Site for HIV prevention with MSM and TGs in Andhra Pradesh State. SWS shared the testimony on how they have gained the confidence of TGs by being positive and supportive to people who…


Added by YERUVA ANTHONY REDDY on January 29, 2011 at 1:47pm — 2 Comments

Death of a ‘Peer’ brings conviction among sex workers of ‘Chaitanya Mahila Mandali’

Chaitanya Mahila Mandali (CMM) is a CBO of Female Sex Workers (FSW) based at Hyderabad implementing Targeted Intervention with sex workers. In one of the visits, Ms.Sunitha, Peer Educator (PE) shares how death of a peer brought conviction among the CBO members to grow as a strong force with visitors who have come to learn from them.


Rani, FSW based at Hyderabad caters to high end clients in the city and makes reasonably good money. Sunitha, PE working in CMM provides her…


Added by YERUVA ANTHONY REDDY on January 22, 2011 at 7:53am — 2 Comments

Just a simple stimulation and appreciation helped me to become the 'President of Nari Saksham'- Baby

During theSALT visits in Rajamundry in the month of November 2010, Baby, President of Nari Saksham shares her story to stimulate sex workers to talk. I am glad to share this simple but very inspiring story.

Baby is a very simple and shy woman hailing from a small village in Rajamundry. She has been in sex work profession for the past 20 years and is just a literate. She happened to attend one of the meetings facilitated by K.Padmavathy, Manager-Capacity building. Baby introvert by…


Added by YERUVA ANTHONY REDDY on December 10, 2010 at 1:26pm — 2 Comments

Meghamala Sandham a CBO in Mandapeta in Andhra Pradesh 'reunites the mother and son ' facing many hurdles.

As part of SALT visit, I had accompanied a group of sex workers to a village near 'Godavari River' at Rajamundry in Andhra Pradesh. We visited 'Meghamala Sangham' CBOof sex workers and a member of 'NARI SAKSHAM-a Federation of sex workers of CBOs. One of the sex workers facilitating SALT visit asked to share what they are proud of as Meghamala CBO. CBO members started telling an inspiring story. And the story is......

Lakshmi, a sex worker based at Yeluru town is…


Added by YERUVA ANTHONY REDDY on November 19, 2010 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Selfless love and care for her guru by a true disciple

Let me share a moving and heart touching story of a true disciple from SALT visits facilitated by The Constellation, India Community Life Competence Group and SAMRAKSHA on 25th October 2010 at Koppal in North Karnataka, India.…


Added by YERUVA ANTHONY REDDY on October 27, 2010 at 5:00pm — 9 Comments

An inspiring story of a village community in Karnataka fighting against the government to save ‘stream’ in their village

I am glad to share an inspiring story learnt during SALT visits facilitated by The Constellation, India Community Life Competence Group and SAMRAKSHA on 24th October 2010 at Koppal in North Karnataka, India.…


Added by YERUVA ANTHONY REDDY on October 25, 2010 at 6:35pm — 3 Comments

My Journey from a Sex worker to Training faculty

‘As a child I am a mother of two children and as a sex worker I am sister of thousands of sex workers’. My journey from a sex worker to Traing faculty Afsari Begum…


Added by YERUVA ANTHONY REDDY on October 13, 2010 at 11:51am — 5 Comments

NARI SAKSHAM IN RAJAMANDRY dreams to have partnership with Government to manage Targeted Intervention

NARI SAKSHAM is a CBO promoted by CARE India in SAKSHAM (Strengthening Awareness, Knowledge and Skill for HIV/AIDS Management) Project. The project served as the implementation and learning site for a Community Led Structural Intervention in Andhra Pradesh in India. This project funded by Bill and Melinda Gates foundation was implemented during 2004 to 2009 in Rajamandry town with over 1800 sex workers. The project was successful in reducing the HIV/AIDS vulnerabilities and enhanced rights…


Added by YERUVA ANTHONY REDDY on October 11, 2010 at 7:08am — 4 Comments

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