ABOUT US

Samraksha is a grassroots organization, which strongly believes that people- as individuals and as communities- can bring about change for the better through their own efforts and initiatives. In the last 25 years, Samraksha has witnessed this capacity of people time and again, in various contexts. Samraksha started its work in the HIV sector and worked with some of the most vulnerable people like women in sex work, sexual minorities and people affected by HIV. This was way back in 1993 when there was very little understanding about HIV and people who had HIV or who were thought to be responsible for spreading HIV faced extreme levels of discrimination.

Samraksha focused on helping these people identify and develop their own capacities and challenge their discrimination. Today, many of these groups are leading a vibrant response to HIV on their own. They are looking not only at HIV prevention, care or support but also at the overall empowerment and development of their people. Samraksha is committed to catalyzing responses like this in the communities so that they are able to address the different social issues they face. 

OUR BEGINNING

Samraksha started working in 1993 primarily in the HIV sector as part of a larger developmental organization called Samuha. Today it is an independently registered trust.

Samraksha's main focus currently is resilience building among vulnerable adolescents in HIV affected families. These young people have suffered many losses in their lives - death of one or both parents, and also the economic and educational opportunities they lost because of the impact of HIV. They have faced stigma and discrimination in their community. Many have been forced into care-giving responsibilities at a very early age. And they are growing up without adequate adult supervision because parents are either not present or too preoccupied with their own issues to support the child. 

 

OUR VISION

Our vision is of a Society where every Individual has the capability to lead a life full of health, equality and dignity.

OUR MISSION

  • Samraksha engages with individuals and communities who are vulnerable and at risk, to strengthen their ability to live safely and with respect, especially in relation to HIV
  • Samraksha cares for and supports people affected and living with HIV to enable them to have a quality of life, without pain and with dignity
  • Samraksha enables individuals and communities to be who they are and to move towards what they aspire to be.
  • Samraksha engages with communities to achieve this overarching purpose 

OUR THRUST OF WORK

Samraksha realizes that highly individualized and intensive work is needed with each child who has faced such difficulties in their situation, in order to make a difference in their lives. So we believe in the model of 'every child being a project' i.e each of them have their own dreams and aspirations, their unique strengths and challenges, and Samraksha is focusing on understanding all of this and helping them realize their potential.

OUR AMAZING TEAM

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Sanghamitra Iyengar

Founder and Executive Trustee

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Dr Latha Jagannathan

Trustee

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Piya Rao

Trustee

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Anand Nayak

Treasurer

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Dr. Ravi V

Trustee

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Dr. K Satish

Trustee

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Suvarna Biradar

counselor

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Kamalakshi Kammar

Counselor

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Sharada Hulakoti

Case Worker

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Eramma Bangari

Case Worker

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Shalini Patil

Case Worker

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Sharanappa Agoli

Senior Case Worker

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Basavraj Kanti

Assistant Programme Co ordinator

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Manjunath Nayak

Assistant Programme Co-ordinator

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Arun Bhandari

Assistant Programme Co ordinator

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Tulasa Chawlar

Programme Co-ordinator

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Hanumesh Gunnal

Programme Co ordinator

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Nirmala Swamy

Senior Accounts and Administrator

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Divya Sarma

Director

CERTIFICATES

  • Registration Certificate
  • 12A Certificate
  • 80G Certificate
  • FCRA Certificate

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