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.
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 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.