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Archive for the ‘Overcoming adversity’ Category

Supporting their friend in need, claiming their dues for themselves, and for others like them

December 23, 2010

Shivanna lives with his aging mother and two younger sisters. He has no father or any other family to support him. Recently, he and his family had a major shock, when his youngest sister was suddenly seized with an epileptic attack. At this moment, Shivanna turned to help from his only source of support, Aptamitra, […]

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 […]

To the aid of children

June 17, 2010

Children have been one of the most  affected by the  HIV epidemic. Caring for their parents, often orphaned, sometimes sick themselves sick, at a very young age, they are forced to take up adult responsibilities, or grow up without appropriate care and supervision from the adults in their families. But for many of the children, […]

Together they did

June 10, 2010

A group of sex workers denouncing obscene tabloid journalism, and unearthing a pornography racket

Women in sex work take control of their life and make a difference for others

February 17, 2010

“ I was like a dry  tree existing with no joy and feeling no sense of purpose, alone and bereft, but over the last five years, I have sprouted fresh leaves and gone on to become a luxuriant tree with flowers and fruits to share with others” ….these were the words of a woman in […]

Welcome

February 8, 2010

Welcome to the inspirational journey. This is a space where we will share with you stories of the individuals and communities who have overcome odds and made a difference, to themselves, to their peers, and their society.

Caring for our people, in our families and our communities

February 4, 2010

Sharanappa cared for his HIV positive son in law, as his own son, even when his son-in-law’s family ostracized him. He supported him, when he was extremely sick, and ensured proper end of life care, and a death with dignity. Today, his daughter has been so inspired by her fathers support and care that she has […]

Women fighting for their due

February 4, 2010

The HIV epidemic has affected women in many ways. Many of them have been widowed at a younger age, and even as they are attempting to cope, they are cheated out of a share in their husband’s property, by other relatives. But increasingly women fighting back and claiming what is their due. Basamma, a young […]

Stories of change

February 4, 2010

Often, people discriminate against or stay away from a HIV positive person, mostly due to fear. But if they understand that there is no fear of transmission in normal social interaction, frequently they regret their behavior, and want to really reach out and support the positive people, as friends, as neighbors, as members of their […]