One of the early projects I facilitated CLCP around 2012. I actively started facilitating in 2013.
Avahaan Project funded by BMGF and for Care India, I facilitated CLCP with a collective of 10 sex worker CBOs called Nari Saksham in Rajahmundry. This was under Anthony Reddy who headed the project. Through CLCP we had to build leadership amongst the sex workers to improve organisation and development of CBOs.
During one of the SALT visits one of the practices which emerged from the dream was taking precautions for HIV. A serious issue which NGO told us was that sex workers successfully negotiated condom use with clients but not with their intimate partner and the staff said that sex workers refused to take action on this.
During CLCP, the sex workers acknowledged that they did not use condoms with their partner. But they now realised through their common dream that if they did not do so and get HIV, it could affect the future of their children. So their action plan was to negotiate condom use. Thereafter, we saw very good progress as several sex workers in the CBOs took action.
This example and several other examples convince me that awareness has limited effect on people taking action. If we claim we can bring about a change, my experience is we cannot change others. People change if they want to change.People will change their behaviour and take action if they realise that the action is connected to them and can affect their life. SALT and CLCP bring this realisation, help people realise their strengths which gives them confidence to take action. SALT and CLCP can stimulate personal and local response.