Olympus Society of Davao Inc. or OSDI, as a Community-based Organization (CBO) was recognized by the Department of Health (DOH) Region 11 through the Global Fund NFR HIV Project whose primary recipient is Save the Children Philippines. It bested other CBOs because of its active participation in the city’s activities, not only on HIV & AIDS but also in the protection and promotion of LGBT rights.
Being the first to successfully organize an LGBT coalition in Davao City, OSDI coordinates with other CBOs and with the LGBT groups in the city to expand the reach of their free health services. Since their formation in March 2015, 40 LGBT groups are now under its umbrella or 13 members to 198.
This group envisions “a society where LGBT [people] are given equal rights, privileges and respect like any other members of the society.” This speaks with the foundation of their passion which is the universality of human rights. With this, they vow to raise awareness, enrich knowledge and modify behavior towards social development.
For them, their efforts to respond on HIV and AIDS are just part of a bigger purpose of the organization. They believe that with empowered members of the society, the threat HIV and AIDS brings to their community will be easier to address.
Who would have thought that a text-based clan in 2014 will grow into a bigger, purposeful, meaningful organization in Davao. They found both their reason and their strength in each other’s shoulders.
From distribution of free condoms, to conduct of HIV orientations and HIV screening, OSDI also actively participated in policy making. Their influence reached the legislative agendas of the Amendment on Davao City AIDS Ordinance and Anti-Discrimination Ordinance IRR. They also serve as Judicial Liaison Officer and Human Rights Violation referral.
Every sweat and blood in their battle goes out for everyone. They do this not just for the people living with HIV, not just for LGBT people but for the sake of humanity as a whole.
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About the Ripple Awards
The second Ripple Awards was inspired by the ethos of courage and compassion in the face of tremendous odds, thus now honoring five (5) individuals, three (3) organizations and a project which demonstrates the genuine ability to move other people towards uplifting the lives affected by the HIV-AIDS epidemic.
Beyond the glitz and glamor, The Ripple Awards celebrates the great human potential to drive change, inspire hope, and bring healing to others in need. Save the date for the awarding of the top Ripplers at the Love Gala on May 11, 2019. Get your tickets here.