Kranti

Kranti empowers girls from Mumbai's red-light areas to become agents of social change.
Mar 5, 2012

2012 So Far for Kranti

Kranti @Pride, Mumbai 2012
Kranti @Pride, Mumbai 2012

The year kicked off by attending Mumbai's Pride Parade in regal Revolutionary garb! We made our presence felt as a group to reckon with as over 25 Kranti volunteers, staff and of course Revolutionaries danced along to Pride 2012 wearing t-shirts emblazoned with Kranti's logo. To own your very own Kranti t-shirt, just email us with your size and postal address.


We said in our last newsletter that as a continuation of 'Ability' month the Revolutionaries will be visiting and volunteering at a special school. The entire Kranti family spent a day in Sadhana School for special children, conducting art, sports and dance workshops for the children there. Not only was finger painting, basketball and Bollywood dancing super-fun for the Revolutionaries and the children, the Revolutionaries got hands-on experience of working with specially abled children.
Last month marked the 10th year anniversary of the communal genocide in Gujrat. The Revolutionaries attended a day long remembrance, with documentary screenings, photography exhibitions and panel discussions about the riots and learnt about the causes and nature of communalism. They were also part of activist rallies demanding justice for the families of the victims of the communal genocide.

And most exciting of all, we are now reaching out to 50 more marginalised girls with our leadership training and Social Justice Education Curriculum. We have been discussing Women's Rights all of February with the girls from Project Crayons, holding workshops on the current status of Women's Rights and what changes they want to make in them, and screening the Pakistani movie, Bol, around the issue of patriarchy. A group of students being educated byAkanksha visited Kranti, and not only learnt about our work, but learnt about food justice through the workshops we conducted with them.

Let the Revolution grow!
Kranti @Sadhana Special School
Kranti @Sadhana Special School
Revolutionaries speak about Sadhana Special School
Revolutionaries speak about Sadhana Special School
Jan 9, 2012

Have a Revolutionary 2012!

Kranti made its first ever public performance on 17th December in front of a crowd of 250! The Revolutionaries participated, in an inter-NGO event, "Our Life. Our Choice.", advocating accepting, respecting and supporting women who defy the norms of society, like single mothers, queer women and sex workers. The Revolutionaries, completely independently, scripted and performed a series of monologues about the lives of sex workers, demanding dignity of labour, access to health and education, and protection from abuse by the law, for sex workers. Their performance was met by huge applause! Kranti has truly appeared on the non-profit sector in Mumbai!


The Revolutionaries turned activists this month, participating in protest rallies, candle light vigils and signing campaigns to support Irom Sharmila's 11 year long hunger strike to protest against the attrocities of the military against civilans in North-East India.

December was "Special Abilities" month at Kranti. The month started with workshops, teaching the Revolutionaries about the different kinds of disabilities, both physical and mental. They were also inspired by the success stories of people with Special Abilities, like Helen Keller and Stephen Hawking. We will continue with this theme in the new year too, where the Revolutionaries will visit and volunteeer in a school for special children.
 
But the most exciting event of all was the Revolutionaries trekking up to the Pindari Glacier in the Himalayas at 12000 feet! Last month, we told you about some of the Revolutionaries being inspired to climb Mt. Everest. Well, I guess that dream is well on it's way. 

2012, here come the Revolutionaries!!!

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Dec 22, 2011

100% Sustainable Home for Kranti

The Revolutionaries in front of Jaaga
The Revolutionaries in front of Jaaga

The Kranti family visited Jaaga in Bangalore in few weeks back. Jaaga is a 100% eco-friendly and sustainable building designed by Freeman Murray. It uses solar power to meet all the electrical demands of a household, harvests rainwater, and produces bio-gas by composting biodegradable waste. The walls of the building are covered in plants that keep the indoors naturally insulated. 

However, the best part about Jaaga is that it can be detached and rebuilt in a week's time! This is a perfect solution to our housing need. We have been unable to afford to buy land in Mumbai because of sky-rocketting real estate prices. But, now with Jaaga in the picture, we are looking to rent/lease land for a small amount of time, till the owner of the land is not developing the land, and setting up a Jaaga building on it. And when the owner of the land does want to develop the land, we will just move our house- in a week's time!

With Freeman, we have planned out that with a multiple-storey Jaaga building, we can build a 2300 square feet house on just 500 square feet of land. So, now, with our new partnership with Jaaga in place, we are on the look out to rent/lease 500 square feet of land.

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