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Deep Griha Society
October 29, 2009

I had planned to take a year's sabbatical from my marketing job in London and was looking for an interesting project to volunteer for whilst in India. An old housemate of mine had previously volunteered for Deep Griha and put me in touch. I spent 10 weeks working on their HIV/AIDS awareness program, DISHA, running up to World AIDS Day which was a hugely rewarding and unforgettable experience. The DISHA team do some incredibly inspirational and often very difficult work in the slums and with outreach programs in Pune. Working in the office on the edge of the Tadiwala slum area also gave me an insight into the community which is so integral to everything this NGO does. I was able to get involved in everything from updating the website, working on fundraising packs, setting up their first newsletter, designing World Aids Day posters and writing articles on HIV related topics. I feel hugely proud to have been involved with the work that DISHA are doing even if only for a short time. It's been two years but I still miss my months in Pune with Deep Griha. The numerous chai meetings with printers, sneaking around MG road putting up HIV positive posters, battling with the intermittant power supplies, learning how to play Kabbaddi and performing a bollywood dance routine with the other volunteers in front of hundreds of people in Tadiwala slum, definitely an unforgettable experience!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the staff at Deep Griha are hugely motivated and passionate about what they do and it was great to plan the activities for World AIDS Day and see everything come together and be part of the team.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

support and help more HIV positive people in Pune, run more programs to raise awareness in schools and businesses, empower women to be able to ask for contraception and ultimately reduce the prevalence in Pune so HIV is no longer an epidemic in the City.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I researched HIV related news stories, updated the Deep Griha and Wake Up Pune websites, helped create fund raising packs and designed the marketing tools, posters etc for World AIDS Day.