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Screening for Donor agencies and NGOs October 27, 2007

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Date: 11th October, 2007 Venue: Juhu Jagruti Hall

An exclusive screening of the film was held at Juhu Jagruti Hall, NMIMS for the staff members of donor agencies and partner NGOs/CBOs. There were representatives from MDACS, Avert Society, FHI, FPAI and SOSVA.

After the screening the audience gave a standing ovation to the film and its entire team. Sanjeev Jain said “bravo we all are speechless”, Sanjeev Gaikwad said “After a long time I have cried watching a film, it really hits”. After the screening most of the audiences were moist eyed. Uma Mehta said that she is highly touched with the line at the end that says “a warm salute to all counselors”.

Most of them felt that each character was well established and leave a mark at the end. Vivek Anand, CEO Humsafar, informed everyone that this film will also be used as a tool to supplement the efforts of NACP III as an advocacy tool to sensitize on the issues of MSM/TG.

All the counselors who came for the screening felt that this movie should not be limited to NGO/CBO it should be watched by everyone in the society as the message in the movie needs to be reached out, so that we more students would like to make their career in counseling. Most of the counselors felt this movie can also help to understand the MSM/TG issues and how to counsel them. This movie should be used by SACS and other funding agencies in their trainings for counselors.

Some comments

Please accept my congratulations for a landmark film produced by the Humsafar trust. The deeply touching way in which the film spools out and the characters bring to life real issues being faced by people, the human dimensions, the message of hope and the way it leaves you moved, yet hopeful at the end is beyond description. Excellent script, direction, casting, performances, research and topicality have been blended effectively.
Dr.Sanjeev Singh Gaekwad
Director – Maharashtra, Family Health International

Very sensitively made, realistic in it’s portrayal and true to the emotions that exist in such situations. Each story was well defined with equal emphasis given to the central and supporting characters. Strongly brought out the complex circumstances that HIV/AIDS brings into individual’s lives as well as the turmoil of learning one’s HIV positive status. The film beautifully showed a relationship between 2 men as it truly is and most importantly, without sensationalization which will make general viewers more open. You leave the film with an understanding of the issues involved but with a clear sense of hope
Amrita Bhende
Programme Officer, Family Health International

It was indeed a wonderful film depicting the vital role of a counselor in HIV testing of clients and further providing psychological support to those found positive. The film truly illustrated how a counselor goes beyond her/ his duty and becomes a friend-in-need to those who are rejected or have fear of rejection by the society. I think the film will not just be praised by NGO sector or marginalized communities but will definitely be liked by general people as well. One small point that I felt was not correctly portrayed was that the Counselor tells Nishit (drug addict) that his HIV test was done from a reliable lab by his company (that means one test had confirmed his HIV positive status). I think it would have been better to suggest him to go for second test to confirm his HIV positive status.
Anjali Singh
Training Officer, Family Health International

Let me first thank you for inviting us for the special screening of 68 pages. Personally after ages I have seen a film that touches a chord in my soul. I was deeply touched by the sensitivities in the film and the near perfect portrayal of characters by the mainstream actors. Technically your team has done a fantastic job and though this film being a narrative, it had all the ingredients of captivating the audience, and I was not an exception. For me this wasn’t just another viewing of a film but an experience that I would always cherish.

Being from a public health background, I cannot overemphasize the importance of a counselor’s role in shaping up lives of million people around you. And I am glad this film has provided a platform and given due respect to the breed of counselors which they have always deserved but were the unsung heroes of the medical fraternity.

This is also an eye opener for counselors, health care providers and the general population that a counselor if decides to perform the job expected out of them, they can provide million reasons for people to live with hope and dignity.

Counseling is much more than just providing health information or a basket of choices but its more about swapping the position of a counselor and a counselee to understand the emotional turmoil a beneficiary can be in. It’s not just a scratch of the skin talk but getting emotionally involved with the clients and making them feel that they are also an integral part of the society and providing reasons for them to be proud of.

Sridhar has done a fabulous job and have shown great courage in touching a subject which has always been a taboo. I hope this film will go a long way in educating masses and dispelling their fear regarding sero – positive people and help in reducing discrimination.

…………… breathtaking, captivating, motivating emotional saga is my only reaction to 68 Pages.

Well done. Cheers!!!!!!
Dr.Sachin Gupte
Senior Technical Officer, Family Health International


As an M & E person I must first commend the hard work the counselor who has documented all her valuable experience which provides rich data for further learning. I keep introducing myself to many people as an M & E officer who loves to “Speak to data”. Here is an example how a “data can speak for itself” and can make world of difference in lives of many. This is greatest respect for all the counselor who are working hard for making difference in the lives of many vulnerable population. According to me counselor position in HIV prevention and care and support programme is most crucial but has a factor of burnout. This is a real motivator for all those who are putting a lot of work.

Kudos to humsafar team which has worked hard under your leadership and not to forget the film crew under the leadership of Sreedhar in making this a truly memorable experience for all of us.
Virupax Ranebennur
M & E Officer, Family Health International


Thank you for using your very creative brain and bringing out the raw realities of life with a clear light of hope that life does not stop here it goes on and the dreams can be accomplished.

My next request will be that please look at the various sources of taking this forward to the larger masses, forums, civil societies and the 2% Decision makers, that we need to do things urgently with zeal and dedication.

It seems that I am exhausted with my limited knowledge of words to describe the penetration and impact of the film on me. I am still speechless and in discomfort.

May God bless you and the whole team for the quality research, the story and the planning.
Sanjeev Jain
Senior Programme Manager, Family Health International


Thank you for such a excellent film. I think the Counselors should learn few things through this film. One is that the Counselor in the film balanced her personal and professional life well. At times when she was going through her emotional problem, she never became weak nor did she make her clients become weak. Thanks again for a very good film.
Ashish Bosle
Programme Officer, FHI/FPAI Aastha Project


The Film was brilliant! Issues have been dealt with such sensitivity and depth. This film should definitely become ‘compulsory’ viewing in all counseling and HIV/AIDS related training programs.

I sincerely hope that you are able to get a commercial release. Wishing you and the HST team the very best …always.
Senior Project Manager, FHI/FPAI Aastha Project


Thanks for the screening. Great Work! The movie inspires us to do more. Its all about how our efforts and gestures can bring a change in others’ life. I was touched. Congrats to the team.
Seema Sayyed
Programme Officer, FPA India, Aastha Project


The film is wonderful, which will touch the heart of everyone. It is a very powerful film.
Swati Mohapatra
IEC/BCC Coordinator, Avert Society

“In short time lots of issues covered. Also helped to accept those who are not accepted by others. Great movie.”
Pradnya Kharate | Technical Officer, SOSVA

“It is excellent movie, which I seen first time, Good for everything.”
Pramod Shinde | Project Coordinator, NSVK

“Excellent movie, I really enjoyed. It touched to my heart, all the best.”
Rukpali Goswami | Counselor, CDI

“Excellent. Life changing, attitude changing towards High Risk Groups. It should published to all the communities. It should released in theaters”
Gaikwad | Project Coordinator, Hope Foundation

“The movie was great, I want to give suggestion to you, if possible to put one meeting for all counselors and show this film to them. Great movie”
Jyoti Kasbe | Counselor, Lokparishad

“One of the most wonderful film.”
Pramod |Humsaaya

“A good film, which can be used to sensitize the mass about HIV issues. Good work”
Rama Bhave |Documentation Officer, Family Health International

“Thanks for providing such a good looking face, as a counselor. After watching the movie, I am realizing the responsibility.”
Shabana Sheikh | Counselor, SAI

“Today I think, How I am.”
Prashant B. Shirsath | Advocacy Officer, CORO

“Excellent Movie, A must see for the masses.”
Dr. Vidyamala | Technical Officer, Family Health International

“Good work done by research team as well as crew members, casting in film. It made us feel so touchy and we all were speechless”
Riji Nair | Programme Officer, Family Planning Association of India-Aastha Project

“It is just excellent movie. The best part is counselor’s role and the song.”
Sachin R Katlear | Project Coordinator, NSP

“Excellent Movie”
Aashish A Sabale | Advocacy Officer, SAI


1. Santosh Kumar Jena - September 5, 2008


The Donor,

Sub: Donation to Our Organization.

(Greetings from PRADEEP)

Respected Sir / Madam,

It is our understanding that your organization provides funds for rural development programmes. Our organization “PRADEEP” (People for Rural Activity, Development, Entrepreneurship & Economic Persistence) working since the year 2000 in the Tribal dominated district of Koraput (Orissa) INDIA, we facilitate rural reconstruction movements to discover, develop, mobilize and release people’s potentials and to create opportunities to improve their physical, social, spiritual and productive powers through livelihood, health, education, culture and self development programmes. We are also conducting training, aid and other activities to bring an overall development among the poor, sick, needy, illiterate and handicapped masses of youth, aged, women & children in association with the different government Organization & Voluntary donor agencies, to enable them to lead a better life.

We are very much interested in k owing about your Organization and hope you will kindly provide us the necessary information on the types of projects to which you provide assistance as well as your organization’s priority guidelines.

We hope our efforts are in line with your priorities and we shall receive your valuable support. Please find enclosed various brochure featuring our activities. Should any added information or further clarification become necessary, we are ready to provide them. We shall be extremely thankful if you will kindly look into this not withstanding that fact that you are busy in more urgent matters. We now look forward the pleasure of hearing from you at an early date. Soliciting your cooperation and assistance.

With all best regards,

Yours sincerely,

(Santosh Kumar Jena)
Secretary cum Chief Functionary

Encl. Profile of the Organisation.


01. Name of the Organization PRADEEP (People for Rural activity, Development, Entrepreneurship & Economic Persistence).

02. Registered Office At-Shanti Nagar, Post- Sunabeda,
Dist- Koraput (Orissa), PIN- 763 001, INDIA
Tel- +91-06853-220833(O)
E-mail- pradeepngo@gmail.com

03. Society Registration No. Regd.No. KPT-3678-389/02-03
Under Societies Registration Act.1860

04. Registration under F.C.R.A. F.C.R.A. Regd. No. 104960086

05. Income Tax Registration No. U/s. 12AA(2) of the I.T. Act, 1961
(Memo No.ITO(Tech.)/12A-235/2006-07/848-850

U/s. 80G (5) (vi) of the I.T. Act, 1961
Memo No.ITO(Tech.)/80G-276/2006-07/851-54

06. PAN No. AABTP2788H

07. TAN No. BBNP00872E

08. Present Working Area Koraput District of Orissa, INDIA

09. Contact Person Sri Santosh Kumar Jena,
Secretary cum Chief Functionary, PRADEEP
Mobile- +91-09337662082,
Phone- +91-06853-220833 (O)

10. Banker and A/c details State Bank of India, Sunabeda Branch,
H.A.L. Township, Sunabeda-763 002,
Dist- Koraput, Orissa, INDIA
Branch Code- 1304

11. Areas of Expertise @ Self-Help Group Promotion & Micro Finance.
@ Capacity Building & Networking at grass root Level.
@ Relief & Rehabilitation.
@ Income Generation activities.
@ Vocational Training.
@ Environment protection & Disaster Mitigation.
@ Women Empowerment.
@ Rehabilitation of disables & deprived people.
@ Reproductive Child Health Care.
@ Conduct of Mass awareness campaign on Social issues.
@ Cluster Development Programme.
@ Care for the Old Aged People.
@ Establishment of Community based Medicine Centers
@ Training cum production centers
@ Marketing Outlets and Tie Up.


People for Rural Activity, Development, Entrepreneurship & Economic Persistence (PRADEEP) , was set up as a non-political, non-profit making Voluntary development Organization on 4th January 2002 and was registered under the Indian Societies Registration Act 1860 vide Regd. No. KPT- 3678-389/02-03 on 10.01.2003. It was founded by eminent social workers of the locality. The motto of PRADEEP is to mobilize public opinion and generate resources for supporting development Action. It has recognized the right of every Indian to lead a life with dignity and self-respect in a just and equitable society. It feels the need to improve the capacities of individuals, communities and women, to improve the quality of lives and enhance their ability to negotiate from a position of strength: a strength that would come from being educated, in good health and having the capacity to be engaged in productive work. It takes initiative for the Integrated Development that would arrive out of the felt needs of the people.

Some social recognition of the Secretary Sri Santosh Kumar Jena
i. Sri Santosh Kumar Jena has been awarded the STATE N.S.S. AWARD for 2000-01 by the Deptt. Of Higher Education, Government of Orissa, Bhubaneswar for his outstanding Voluntary Service rendered in the field of community service & nation building.
ii. Sri Jena has been awarded the DISTRICT YOUTH AWARD for 2000-01 by Nehru Yuva Kendra, Koraput, ( an autonomous body under the Ministry of YouthAffairs & Sports, Govt. of India) for his outstanding social service and youth activities.
iii. Sri Jena is the recipient of UNIVERSITY N.S.S. AWARD for 2000-01 from Berhampur University (Orissa) for outstanding Voluntary Service.
iv. The Voluntary Organization PRADEEP is the recipient of PRAKRUTI MITRA AWARD for 2002-2003 by the Deptt. Of Forest & Environment, Govt. of Orissa, for its contribution in the conservation of nature and protection of forest.
v. A number of appreciation letters received by Sri S.K. Jena for his outstanding social service and youth activities.

The credentials and advisors:

i. Dr. P. K. Behera, (Advisor) is the recipient of INDIRA GANDHI NATIONAL N.S.S. AWARD from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of India. STATE N.S.S. AWARD from Deptt. Of Higher Education, Govt. of Orissa, PRAKRUTI BANDHU AWARD from Deptt. Of Forest and Environment, Govt. of Orissa, UNIVERSITY N.S.S. AWARD from Berhampur University, DISTRICT LEVEL AWARD from Dist. Administration, Koraput, for outstanding Voluntary and Community services.
ii. Ms. S.M. Bishoyee (Advisior) is the recipient of NATIONAL AWARD for teachers from Govt. of India, STATE AWARD for Teachers from Govt. of Orissa, PRAKRUTIMITRA AWARD from Deptt. Of Forest and Environment, Govt. of Orissa, for her outstanding contribution in the field of education, social and community service.

Programmes undertaken so far

• Mass plantation programme.
• Wasteland development .
• Development of farm forest and orchards
• Protection of natural forest

• Organization of workshops, street plays, public meetings, rallies on eco-conservation programme.
• Formation of village level committee.
• Constructions works.
• Organizing health camps.
• Organizing immunization camps.
• Pulse polio immunization programme.
• Cultural, literary environmental and sports activities
• Aids awareness programme
• Awareness campaign for eradication of malaria
• Awareness generation programme on Social issues.
• Organisation of street play on family planning & mother child care
• Display of street play on diarrhea and food nutrition under R.C.H. programme
• Poverty alleviation programme
• Organisation of blood donation camps
• Mass literacy programme
• Formation of youth club.
• Survey works like Socio-economic survey, Literacy survey, etc.
• Formation of committees for programme implementation, follow up and awareness creation.
• Establishment of a counseling chamber
• Organisation of training programme for women and youth for sustainable development.
• Organization of programme on participatory learning and action
• Organization of public meetings and rallies
• Rendering services to old, disabled and needy people
• Renderings services to the affected people of the super cyclone.
• Collection of funds for the affected people of earth quake.
• Economic empowerment through income generation activities
• Awareness drive on control & containment measures of dengue.
• Health Mela on N.S.V. (No Scalpel Vasectomy).
• Housing the poor-execution through NGOs.
• Development of socio-economic status of rural folk.
• Adult education.
• Awareness drive on diabetics.
• Made a documentary film on blood donation.
• Moral and self confidence building activities.
• Campaign for population control, prohibition, blood donation.
• Programme on sanitation awareness drive.
• Programme on vocational training.
• Programme on road safety.
• Community action and sustainable development.
• Convergence of different Government programmes.
• Strategies to promote bio-diversity in villages
• Street plays on Ankur Approach Through UNICEF for development of child and mother.

Financial Assistance/Support received from various agencies.

# UNICEF, Orissa.

# District Rural Development Agency (DRDA).

# Dept. of Forest & Environment, Govt. of Orissa, Bhubaneswar.

# Zilla Swasthya Seva Samiti, Koraput.

# Field Publicity Division, Jeypore.

# Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA).

# District Social Forum.

# District Council of Culture.

# District Primary Education Programme (DPEP).

# Nehru Yuva Kendra, Koraput.

# State Aids Control Society.

# Water & Sanitation Mission, Koraput.

# PRI Institutions.

# Hindustan Aeronautics Limited Hospital, Koraput, Orissa.

2. Rajesh /Jana Sakha - January 25, 2009

We are a old voluntary org unfortunately we have not received any grant from neither Govt nor private source . but we have organized above 700 women self help group in our locality, Besides we have been organizing many social welfare work in our operation

Hence it is requested kindly help us to provide funds for wide social service for which act of your kindness we shall remain oblige at you

Sabitri Panda
Jana Sakha Parishad

3. Turyatunga Bob Maahe - September 19, 2009


Re:To whom it may concern:

My name is Turyatunga Bob Maahe and I am writing concerning my organization Uganda Youth Skills Training Project. We are a non-profit organization that works with young people throughout Uganda. Our mission is: “To empower both in school and dropout youth communities with vocational skills, keeping them out of HIV/AIDS dangers, breaking the york of vulnerability and having good working conducive environment to enable them obtain a successful/desirable life so as to eradicate poverty in Uganda”

At Uganda Youth Skills Training Project, we coordinate the following activities:

1. Vocational skills training.
2. Caring for vulnerable youth/children.
3. Empowering young people.
4. HIV/AIDS awareness.
5. Environmental Management.

I have heard about your foundation and would like to learn more about any possible funding opportunities which could help our youth-led organization in Uganda. Could you please provide me with more detailed information about your foundation? Thank you for your time.

Best regards,

Turyatunga Bob Maahe
(Uganda Youth Skills Training ProjectDirctor)
Tel: 256 712 830887,256 776 830887.
C/o Kampala Polytechnic Mengo,
P.O Box 14349 Mengo,
Kampala Uganda.
Physical Address:
1/2km off Hoima Road towards Kasubi tombs.
(Kasubi Tombs Street)

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