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Annual Report 2013-2014

Salem Thirunangailgal Nala Sangam

Salem District, Tamilnadu.

Annual Report 2013 - 2014

Our Board Members
No. Name Destination
1 P. Pooja President
2 P. Manisha Vice- President
3 A. Gopika, Secretary.
4 K. Radhika Joint Secretary
5 G. Rasika, Treasurer
6 A.Saranya Board Member
7 M. Yasini Board Member
8 K. Muralikrishnan Board Member
9 M. Stephen Board Member
10 K. Indhu Board Member
11 P. Babu Mohan Board Member
About STNS
Salem Thirunangailgal Nala Sangam (STNS) is a nonprofit, member-driven organization founded in 2007.
STNS’s mission is to represent and work with transgenders community, including their families, by providing support and education, and by advocating for equality, rights and access to services. STNS works to bring about positive social change and ensue that transgendered people are understood, accepted and respected and can participate fully in all aspects of Indian society.

1. Introduction.....……………....………………………..…01
2. Pehchan ..........................………….………………..…02
3. Community Mobilization Project.......……......………….04
4. Milestones into the goal of serving the needy......05
A. Quality of life........……………………………..05
B. Obtaining basic rights....……………………...05
C. Crisis response system.............……………….05
D. Obtaining social protection schemes……....06
E. Positive prevention…………………………...07
F. Celebration of TG day.......................................08
5. Reels of memories…......…....………………….………….09
6. Pres….…..……………………………..…....………..….....10


Ensuring quality life of TG/MSM by enhancing basic human rights, quality health care, reduced stigma and discrimination and access to all the services provided by the government.


STNS aims to provide support towards MSM and TG led organization on peer led community driven initiatives in advocating related policy environment at local or national level.


1. To identify the needs of the poor and vulnerable
transgender community and rectifying them.
2. To improve the physical & psychological wellbeing of the transgender community.
3. To address violence in the major areas
- Sexual rights Harassment
- violence in view of gender identity
- Denial of basic human rights including health care
- Denial of social justice
4. To prevent STI/HIV/AIDS among
MSM/Transgender and their sexual partners.
5. To avail government social protection programmes.
6. To improve savings habits.
7. To develop resources for ensuring community led intervention and social mobilization to bring sustainable change and to improve the CBO system to sustain the CBO ownership for sustainability the project.

Message from the Chair

I would like to thank the dedicated people at STNS for their commitment, focus and hard work over the last year and to congratulate them on the results of their efforts. In the last year, we have welcomed a significant number of new member’s were registered in and obtained new project “PEHCHAN” supported by SIAAP funded by India HIV/ AIDS Alliance, New Delhi.
I would also like to thank our funders Tamilnadu AIDS Initiative - Voluntary Health Services, SIAAP and other supporters for their continuous funding to enhance the marginalized community.
Your commitment to community development and transgenders rights allow STNS to continue its important mission and to bring safety, health and hope to the poorest and marginalized community.
With kindest regards,

Salem Thirunangaigal Nala Sangam (STNS) is a community based organization formed in 2007 in the name of Salem Aravanigal TAI Vizhudugal Trust (SATVT). It was re-registered as a society in 2012 as Salem Thirunangaigal Nala Sangam.
The CBO had been carrying out the activities with the support from Tamil Nadu AIDS Initiatives- Voluntary Health Services (TAI-VHS), Chennai, Individual donors and local support groups in Salem district.
The Avahan India AIDS Initiative, funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) focuses on HIV prevention among key population (female sex workers, men having sex with men, transgendered people and people who inject drugs) in Tamilnadu state. Over a decade (2002- 2013) and two phases (Avahan I and Avahan II), the programme has achieved tremendous success in preventing and reversing the HIV infection trends.

During its implementation through TAI-VHS, as a part of the sustainability of Avahan Phase I the programme, was instrumental in forming and facilitating 23 Community Based Organizations (CBO’s) functioning as registered societies, where the communities implement programs for the benefit of the marginalized.
Salem Thirunangaigal Nala Sangam (STNS) is one among the Community Based Organisations which works for the MSM (Men having sex with men) and TGs (Transgender). It also gets the financial support through TAIVHS for Social Protection Program. The activities dwell under the social protection programme on the following broad arena:
organizational sustainability, economic empowerment, health empowerment, social empowerment, networking/linkages and advocacy.

Named for the Hindi word meaning ‘identity,’ ‘recognition’ or ‘acknowledgement,’ the Pehchan programme strengthens community-based organisations (CBOs) to provide effective, inclusive and sustainable HIV prevention programme among men who have sex with men (MSM), transgenders and hijras (collectively, MTH) in Salem district.
Under global round -9 the project Pehchan has been launched by Alliance India, Delhi and in association with SIAAP in Tamilnadu state to scale up the intervention among diversified MTH (MSM/TG/HIJDA) population with advance and enhanced services. With the help of sub recipients, "SIAAP" Pehchan Project has been initiated at STNS, Salem since 2013.
Intervention focus more on capacity building of the community and CBO, provisioning to provide advance counseling services inclusive of violence and trauma, mental health and psychological aspects, legal help and life skill education, ART adherence barriers assessments, HIV/STI services. Engaging various stakeholders from different stratum is also one of the important tasks in the project Pehchan.

 CBO Led program covered 2100 (MTH) Population.
 700 have been tested for HIV in which 9 found HIV Positive and successfully linked to ART Centers.
 60000 condom where distributed through outlets and hand to hand.
 550, covered population where referred to STI Clinics and treated.
 Successfully advocacy done with the police, media, stockholders, and ICTC Centers.
 PLHIV Support group formed under the supervision of Counselor.

The Avahan India AIDS Initiative, funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) focuses on HIV prevention among key population men having sex with men and transgendered people.
Tamilnadu AIDS Initiative (TAI) project of VHS is supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
As a part of the phase 2 – Social Protection programme, STNS with the funding technical support from TAI-VHS implements community mobilization project with the focus on organization development of the CBOs, enhancing the skills on resource mobilization, promoting savings and credit management, facilitating the sex workers to access social entitlements, managing the violence redressal programme and facilitating network linkages. This initiative helps STNS to go beyond HIV intervention programmes to address the other needs of sex workers.

Community Mobilization Project

Key achievements:

1. Organizational Development:
 Formation of CBOs and strengthening of governance, project management, leadership, networking.
 Promote community ownership.
2. Resource mobilization for financial sustainability:
 Organised resource mobilization activities.
 Colloborated with government, corporates and philanthropic organizations at state and national level for the benefit of marginalized.
 Conducted fund raising events.
3. Promotion of savings:
 Promoted saving behavior among the marginalized and linked them with financial institutions for savings, availing loans etc.
 Trainings on financial literacy.
4. Advocacy for HIV services:
 Collaborated with DAPCU/SACS to avail HIV services.
5. Addressing violence:
 STNS established strong mechanisms for responding to violence.
 Conducted sensitization programme to all stakeholders.
6. Access to social entitlements:
 Collaborated with Revenue departments, collectorate, social welfare board to avail government schemes for marginalized.

1. Quality of life:
Trans & MSM people are one of the most marginalized groups in our society and face high levels of exclusion through multiple social and economic disadvantages. Support is the first step towards empowerment. STNS engages in a range of activities aimed at mitigating the extreme sense of isolation, misunderstanding and exclusion felt by many trans people, their families and friends.

2. Obtaining basic rights:
Advocacy is about speaking up for your rights. It is the process of raising awareness about important issues and influencing decision-making at the local and national level to create positive change. STNS works and advocate with legal, medical, societal and government system to ensure that their policy development and legislative reform reflect the positive recognition of gender diversity

Our work has been recognized by police officials, collectorate, revenue departments and other government systems.
3. Crisis Response system:
STNS evolved a very sound Crisis Management System through a well informed and empowered community. The Task Force for crisis response consisted of KPs, PEs, CCMs and CAs who addressed any case of reported violence within 24 hours depending on the nature of the violence. They were able to walk in to the police stations and negotiate justice for the victim of violence.
4. Obtaining social protection schemes:

Over the past year, there has been growing recognition of the importance of social protection to respond to a range of challenges faced by developing countries, including food insecurity, chronic poverty and the HIV pandemic.
Towards mitigating the impact of transgender life and eradicating poverty, STNS facilitated access to and uptake of social protection schemes for the members of TG community. During this year STNS has facilitated to access to social protection schemes.

5. Positive prevention:

The main focus of this strategy is prevention of HIV transmission to clients and partners; reduce the possibility of HIV re-infection, ensure adherence to ART and to improve their physical and mental health.
The role of the outreach team was to work closely with the ART centre in identifying KPs who were due for CD4 tests and link them to referral centers. The PEs & ORWs were accompanied by counselors during home visits to follow up on positive KPs who needed emotional support.
For positive KPs who continued in sex trade, messages regarding correct and consistent condom usage, regular follow up visits to ART centers and adherence to drugs were provided.
The outreach team organized emotional & psycho-social support programs every month for the positive KPs. Nutritional support & counseling services were provided through referrals.

6.Celebration of Transgenders Day:

In order to mark the visibility of Transgenders Day, STNS celebrated the World TG Day.
The goal of the day is to celebrated life and trangenders accomplishment while raising awareness of the discrimination that faces by trans people on a daily basis.


Our Team & Visitors

Financial Statement 2013-2014

Our Project Office

Salem Thirunangaigal Nala Sangam (STNS)

No. 4/66, AS2A, Arthi Nagar,

2nd st, Narasodhipatti,

Salem – 636004. India

Phone: +91-427-2331310