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Update from India Competence: June

India Competence is a network of organisations with a strong belief in community strengths and committed to the spread of AIDS Competence Process.The network is characterised by a non-hierarchical structure with a yearly rotating host organization starting with SIAAP and aims to (i) go to scale with the approach, (ii) adapt it to help communities respond to their key issues, (iii) coordinate the facilitation of local responses nationally, and (iv)… Continue

Added by Rituu B. Nanda on June 23, 2010 at 12:30am — 4 Comments

Touching story of a woman who was on the verge of a suicide

(Yet another story from Uncle Houlai, a village headmaster from Molvum village in Northeast India. A strong ACP advocate he has taken the approach far and wide to several villages. Uncle Houlai gave me a sheet of paper in which he had written this story. Please can you post it for me, he said. I promise to post the stories myself once I get a computer. So here is Uncle Houlai narrating his story.)



There is a…
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Added by Rituu B. Nanda on April 11, 2010 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

How ACP changed the thinking of village headman

(This story is a contribution of Uncle Houlai from Northeast India, produced verbatim to ensure flavour of the story is not lost. Uncle Houlai, a headmaster by profession is a member of the village facilitation team. He has been involved in home visits and seen how these visits have opened doors to greater dialogue and hence, a tremendous change in the thinking and mindset of the community members.)… Continue

Added by Rituu B. Nanda on April 9, 2010 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

…we were not the experts, they were…, says Joan Hoxsey

(This is a story from Joan Hoxsey on Life competence. She is the Managing Partner of AIC, a global consulting organization dedicated to lifting up Appreciative Inquiry across the world. She is based in Ohio, US. Thanks Joan for sharing this beautiful, inspiring experience. The story reflects my favourite quote- "I can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. It's all how you look at it." ~ J. Kenfield Morley)



Joan- We have been… Continue

Added by Rituu B. Nanda on November 29, 2009 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

What is your experience with Truckers on HIV?

The Constellation has embarked on an exciting initiative to connect Indian and Kenyan communities to share their local experiences on truckers through innovative techniques.This will be a pilot to explore and learn more on connecting local responses virtually through multiple modes- stories learned via exchange on aids competence network, SALT visits, video chat and e-discussion.



We began the process by formation of the India-Kenya group wherein some members shared their work… Continue

Added by Rituu B. Nanda on October 20, 2009 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

On its way to life competence…Mizoram, Northeast India

I went looking for an AIDS competent community but I had a surprise in store - the high degree of competence among Mizos on a range of issues.



Mizos have a strong community feeling which in recent years has been strengthened by organisations like Community Health Action Network (CHAN) and Young Mizo Association (YMA).



I was in Mizoram for an ACP event and what first caught my eye was the presence of a large number of volunteers at the venue. Volunteers in… Continue

Added by Rituu B. Nanda on October 15, 2009 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments

A clinical trial: through the eyes of the community

I recently had an opportunity to view a film about a clinical trial on DVD. The Development of Anti-retroviral therapy (DART) in Africa trial was a six year clinical trial evaluating how to manage anti-retroviral therapy ART in 3,300 patients with advanced HIV or AIDS in Uganda and Zimbabwe. The trial aimed to find out whether the lab-based strategies used to monitor ART to people with HIV infection in resource rich countries were essential in Africa, where around four million people still need… Continue

Added by Rituu B. Nanda on September 9, 2009 at 6:30pm — 10 Comments

Jalukie village scores high on inclusion!

{This is a contribution by Fr Joe Ngamkhuchung of People in Need Foundation, Northeast India. I wish I could convey the joy and pride in his voice when he spoke to me today. Irang, you are doing great. Keep going ! }



If ACP means Community Power, they are already there! Along with the Chairman and the Council members of the Village, were the youth and student leaders, during the SALT visit on 7th August 2009.



Dimapur ACP facilitation team led by Joe… Continue

Added by Rituu B. Nanda on August 10, 2009 at 8:09pm — 2 Comments

"Its not ordinary dust, its a dust of assignment and responsibilities," says Irang after a SALT visit

{ I met Irangbui Zeliangrong from Jalukie, Peren, Nagaland during an ACP learning event. The event was over on 9th May 2009 but the impact it has had is mindblowing. While in Kohima an ACP team has come up, several ACP newcomers have taken it up further. Irang took to ACP like a fish to water. Inspite of connectivity issues, he made an effort to join Ning and continued to write to me to get an update on what was happening. He sent me this piece. Enjoy! }



Irang's enthusiasm… Continue

Added by Rituu B. Nanda on June 28, 2009 at 6:42pm — 3 Comments

"NGOs will come and go but HIV & the Community is here to stay”, says Dr Joyce after her first brush with ACP and then what happened…

[I met this elegant, graceful lady at an ACP learning event in Dimapur last month- Dr Joyce Angami. She is a medical doctor by profession and has vast experience in the field of HIV. Here she shares her experience in the first SALT visit.]



The team went on a SALT visit to Molvom (known as the pineapple Village), which is about 45 minutes drive from Dimapur, Northeast India. It was a hot day but the surroundings were really clean and fresh. The whole community waited for the planned… Continue

Added by Rituu B. Nanda on June 19, 2009 at 6:25pm — 8 Comments

What can a dream do for us?

What can a dream do for us?



(I witnessed the magic of a simple yet powerful tool we use in community life competence process (CLCP), building the dream exercise. Thanks to all my group members who facilitated this SALT visit extremely well.)



A tiny, dusty village in outskirts of Dimapur, Northeastern part of India...the sun beginning to set...this was the setting for a community visit where our team of facilitators met a bunch of young boys and girls. We were all…

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Added by Rituu B. Nanda on May 15, 2009 at 6:00pm — 8 Comments

Resolution to introduce ACP among church leaders in a South Indian Province

The following email was sent to me by Jayakar, an ACP champion from Andhra Pradesh in the southern part of India. His passion for ACP is inspiring. Regards, Rituu, Delhi, India



Dear Rituu,



Greetings:



Share an Opportunity (SAO) India is actively implementing the ACP tools in our target area communities and it is showing good results.



On the occasion of WORLD AIDS DAY – December 1st 2008. The SAO India got the privilege of participation in the… Continue

Added by Rituu B. Nanda on December 7, 2008 at 9:31am — 2 Comments

Meet the ACP champions from India

I am delighted to share that interviews of Jayakar, Father Joe and Prabakar were featured in the Constellation newsletter. Congratulations to Jayakar (SAO, Hyderabad), Father Joe (NEDHIV, Dimapur) and Prabakar (SIAAP, Chennai). This became possible due to the efforts of Laurence whom I owe my sincere thanks to.



Here is a snapshot of Jayakar's interview:

"Everyone has something to share, Everyone has something to learn" I would like to share my experience on AIDS… Continue

Added by Rituu B. Nanda on November 7, 2008 at 9:05am — 1 Comment

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