Divya Sarma's Blog (7)

Developing a self assessment tool to understand the impact of an organization on the community after 25 years

Samraksha is a development organization which has been working with communities for more than two decades now. Samraksha started its work in the field of HIV and reproductive sexual health, and has always been committed to working with the communities in order to prevent the spread of HIV and reduce its impact on the affected people. In order to do this, we have always used strengths based approach and worked with different communities – communities of identity like those of women in sex…


Added by Divya Sarma on October 6, 2014 at 3:12pm — 1 Comment

A gesture from the heart

Here is another moving sharing by a volunteer at the convention organized recently by Samraksha. The spontaneity of his actions, the immediate recognition of basic human rights and his conerned response is heartwarming. Read more about his actions, and watch the video of his sharing here !!!


Added by Divya Sarma on July 13, 2011 at 10:26am — 2 Comments

The example set by a woman leader

Samraksha recently organized an inspiration sharing event for community volunteers to share their experiences. 


This is a powerful sharing by a woman leader Parvatamma on how she helped fight stigma in the community through her personal action and ensured adequate livelihood for women affected by HIV in her community.


You can see the post at …


Added by Divya Sarma on July 6, 2011 at 12:21pm — 2 Comments

Individuals and communities continue to amaze

It has been more than a month since the SALT visits in Karnataka, and I continue to hear stories of amazing things which the communities have been doing, be it care, be it conflict resolution, be it responsiveness, the individuals are showing remarkable maturity, acceptance and courage.

I have posted a few recent stories on Samraksha's blog and am attaching the links here.…


Added by Divya Sarma on December 7, 2010 at 12:02pm — No Comments

AIDS Action Committee : Demonstrating community involvement in HIV response

We have in the past shared about the role of AIDS Action Committees, an informal group of people, mostly opinion leaders of the community (political or religious leaders, writers, teachers, social activists etc), who encourage, and initiate community actions. Specially, they act as an effective stigma redressal body, from within the community, who by setting up their own examples of…


Added by Divya Sarma on July 28, 2010 at 2:25pm — 5 Comments

Some inspiring stories of inclusion

Samraksha has been working with different village communities in North Karnataka, and recently engaged in a reflective perspective building process using the self-assessment framework.

Communities dream about being an inclusive society. They want to create a society where there is no stigma, where people with HIV are treated as others, and are able to publicly disclose their status, without any fears and seek support from others. These are some inspiring stories

Basappa's… Continue

Added by Divya Sarma on January 19, 2010 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

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


The Constellation: who are we

The Constellation vidéo, where we journey in less then 2 minutes from space, through nature, to villages, in homes and back while exploring what the Constellation stands for. Thank YOU for being part of it. 

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