SICHREM @ fireflies

February 25, 2010

For the third year running, SICHREM has held a fundraising stall at the annual Fireflies music festival.

Our stall this year was manned by the fantastic husband and wife duo, Chitra (SICHREM’s fantastic executive secretary) and her husband, foodie Ranganathan, and Christie, our always-patient and cheerful driver (who proved to be a most excellent salesman but was not in many photos alas).

The SICHREM team: Christie, driver, Jyothi, Documentation and PR Officer, Nirmal, District Programme Coordinator, Chitra, Secretary and her husband, Ranganathan (who works outside of SICHREM).

Unfortunately, due to several logistical problems (shortages of power/water/gas held up the afternoon cooking and typical Bangalore traffic), our stall was set up a little late, around 9.30pm (the festival kicked off at 6pm).  While this meant we had lost our prime location, our late arrival may have actually worked in our favour with punters immediately flocking to the fresh fish, chicken, pork curries and lime/tomato rice for sale!

Our SICHREM stall was the last stall to leave with cups of chai and coffee being gratefully bought by the tired audience, eager to head home to a sleepy Sunday.

A fantastic time was had by all and the stall raised 1500Rs for SICHREM.  A big thank you to Chitra, Ranganathan and Christie for their hard work.  SICHREM looks forward to next year’s Fireflies!

SICHREM staff retreat

February 25, 2010

On 12/13 February, SICHREM staff and families came together for a weekend of friendship and relaxation with the common goals of improving team spirit and undertaking a SWOT analysis of SICHREM.

The SWOT analysis was expertly facilitated by Dr MK George, director of the Indian Social Institute, Bangalore.  Dr George skilfully lead the team to ensure that this exercise would be a valuable exercise that would contribute a great deal to the management and performance of SICHREM.

Much laughter, jokes, singing and dancing were had over the two days and it is fair to say that the weekend was a complete success!  Staff came away feeling united, re-invigorated and eager to face 2010’s challenges.

Police reform and human rights

February 25, 2010

On the last Friday of each month, the Indian Social Institute and SICHREM jointly present a discourse on human rights.  These monthly discussions are designed for human rights defenders and anyone concerned to come together, meet, share information and learn.

Tomorrow’s discourse, “Police Reforms and Human Rights “, will be presented by Dr. D.V. Guruprasad. IPS, Director General of Police Corps of Detectives (COD), Karnataka

Date & time: 26th February 2010 (Friday) at 4:00pm

Venue: Ambedkar Hall, Indian Social Institute, No. 24, Benson Town, Bangalore 46, Phone: 23536189, 23536364

Please do join us tomorrow afternoon.

Indian Social Institute
24 Benson Road, Benson Town, Bangalore – 46
Ph: 23536189, 23536364, Email:, Website:

I/F, Anjanappa Complex, 35, Hennur Main Road, Lingarajapuram,
St.Thomas Town Post, Bangalore – 84
Phone: 25473922, 25804072-73, Email:, Website: www.

Hello blogging world!

February 24, 2010

And SICHREM begins its own blog.  We will be updating this blog regularly with snippets and photos of the work that we do, upcoming human rights events and anything else that we think will interest our readers.  We hope that this blog will be a useful tool in letting more people know exactly what we stand for and bring much needed attention to the various human rights situations in India.

Feedback is gratefully received – please let us know what you’d like us to blog about!  This blog is for you, our readers.