A grassroots organization, which continues to demonstrate that the people and communities who are affected by HIV are themselves the best agents of change, and have the capacity to initiate and sustain a vibrant HIV response. Samraksha has witnessed this time and again over the last 17 years, among different groups of people, whether it is people who are at risk of HIV like women in sex work, the individuals who are living with HIV and their families, or the general communities within which they live. Samraksha is committed to catalyzing HIV responses in these communities, and with time the communities extend these responses to other social and developmental issues which they face.

Samraksha’s strength is to work at the grass roots and yet see the big picture and bring these experiences into policy advocacy.

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These lovely Kowdhees (bed covers)  have been hand embroidered, with various motifs and techniques from the local traditional embroidery of North Karnataka, including Kasuti. These have been designed by a Samraksha staff member, who has decided to  volunteer her time for this initiative. 

The profits from this undertaking will go to support our adolescent life skill building initiative.

32 International Candlelight Memorial Day.

                    Samraksha observed the 32 Candlelight Memorial Day in the AshaJyoti Palliative Care centre in Koppal on May 17,2015. This day is observed across 115 countries and by over 1200 organizations, as a mark of respect to the people who have succumbed to HIV and to reaffirms support for people living with HIV.

This event was attended by many district authorities including the district police superintendent, district surgeon and district AIDS prevention and control officer. Religious leaders from Islam, Christian and Hindu communities spoke of the need to be supportive to affected people. Affected people shared their stories of living with HIV and having lost loved ones to HIV. All of them underscored the fact that emotional distress caused as much suffering to people living with HIV as physical illness and fear and superstition still hindered a lot of people from accessing services.

The event ended with the light of candles in memory of people who have succumbed to HIV and all participants took a pledge to continue to support affected people.