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Apr 24, 2006
I have already spoken of the organization 'Deep Griha', The Lighthouse - a charity that is looking after over 50,000 people living far below the poverty line in the slum cities of Pune, India.

Deep Griha is a multi-faceted organization, looking after these people's needs - everything from promoting self-sufficiency, all the way to HIV counselling and treatment. I have spoken at length about their efforts and struggles and successes.

But I am just an admirer from afar.

Better to hear about Deep Griha's work from one of their own.

My friend Hans has just agreed to be co-host for our new group -

He blogs regularly on Deep Griha's blog site - one of his entries sums up what it is to work at Deep Griha - and what it is to work with people who shine so brightly, in spite of circumstance, suffering and hardship...

My name is Hans Billimoria. My role at Deep Griha Society is currently threefold - Project Manager for DISHA - Deep Griha's Integrated Service for HIV/AIDS, Volunteer Coordinator and member of the recently set up Events and Fundraising Team.

Over the next few days, weeks and months... possibly years. watch this spot 'The Chaos Within' to read of what life is like at Deep Griha Society, for me, and those I work with, and those we serve.

Why chaos within? Because 'The Fall of the dancing star gives birth to the chaos within.' That's not me, that's Nietzsche. It has resonance however with the work I do, and why I do it. I work with dancing stars, people who live with HIV/AIDS, people that burn brightly in the perceived night that surrounds so many that have HIV/AIDS. I have met and worked with people that amaze me, humble me, and on occasion make me cry... They make me cry in frustration as much as they do in sadness or joy.

I hope that through the 'The Chaos Within' you will get an idea of what it is like to work at a grassroots NGO. It is hard... if you want it to be hard. There are no Mother Theresas here, just people working for other people. We've had our share of Mother Theresas, the bleeding hearts I mean, not those who care genuinely for the poor and afflicted... and even 'afflicted,' a strong word... we work with people in the slums, are they afflicted? Well, aren't we all afflicted in some way?
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Posted: Apr 24, 2006 11:44am
Apr 19, 2006
Dear Friends,

A message to tell you about a new group celebrating the work of the Deep Griha Society, a charitable organization in Pune, India that is transforming the lives of thousands of people living in Pune's slums.

Since 1975 Deep Griha - meaning Light House - has grown from one employee to over one hundred staff. They have three main centers operating in the Tadiwala Road, Ramtekadi and Bibwewadi slums, which have a combined population of more than fifty thousand (50,000) people.

By providing free health care, education, nutrition, self-help groups, orphan placements and HIV and AIDS counselling, therapy and treatment, Deep Griha has cast a wonderful ray of hope for India's forgotten people.

Their dedication is tremendous, their achievements amazing -and I invite you all to come join in and meet the staff of Deep Griha, learn of their work, their stories, their successes and their heartbreaks - I'm sure it will have an impact on you as it has done on me.

The group is brand new - I'm just 'arranging the furniture' for the folks at Deep Griha, who'll be dropping in soon. Until then feel free to look around, watch a film about the Society, and learn how their incredible story started.

Many thanks,

DEEP GRIHA - The Light House
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