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Archive for the ‘acceptance’ Category

The example set by a woman leader

July 5, 2011

Parvathamma is a SHG leader in her village. She used her influence and her position to support two women affected by HIV who were facing discrimination in her communities, and helped them lead a self-sufficient life. Watch this video of Parvatamma’s sharing…. A brief summary of her sharing…. There was a young couple in my […]

A word of support at the right time

April 27, 2011

This is the story of a lady, a care volunteer, who was there to support a young man, when he discovered his HIV status. It is translated as closely as possible to her own narration of the experience. I had taken my younger brother to the testing centre for HIV testing, before his wedding. There, […]

An agent of change

February 24, 2011

Shruti is a young lady pursuing her college education. She lives with her family in her village. Shruti is studying to be a teacher. She says that in her capacity as a teacher, with a chance to influence young people, she will make sure she talks to them about non-discrimination, about acceptance, concern and care. […]

A village changes its mind

January 12, 2011

Lakshmamma works as a cook for the children’s bisioota (mid-day meal) scheme in her village. A few months ago, when the village community found out she was HIV positive, there were concerns about whether she should continue with her job. There was a strong opinion in the village that she should be asked to leave. Although […]

Acts which inspire care

December 7, 2010

Seeta is a classical musician. She was at Asha Jyoti Care Centre for people with HIV as a carer. She was there, not to care for her mother or father or any relative, but for her music teacher, the man to whom she owed her music. Her teacher was not even willing to tell her […]

Religious leaders take the lead

December 1, 2010

Ramanna was a jogappa (a group of transgenders in South India who are followers of the Goddess Yallamma). He was born a Muslim, but went through the traditional ceremony of Muthu Kattodu (a ceremony of dedication to the goddess ) and became jogappa. He had been away from his family for a long time, but […]

Compassion and concern to ensure dignity and decency in death

June 18, 2010

For many people with HIV, stigma and discrimination dogs them, not just in life, but in their death also. People have been denied appropriate funeral with all the prescribed rites, frequently cremated when burial is the custom, or buried deep inside, in an isolated area, because of community prejudices against them. This robs the positive […]