We are grateful for your support through another successful month at Kranti. There are so many exciting things going on that we had to narrow down our update!
Trina was recently selected to participate in the Commonwealth Local Government Professional Forum, to be held in Cardiff, from the 13-19 of March 2011, where she will have the opportunity to converse with government representatives of the Commonwealth nations and negotiate a partnership with the government. This will give Kranti recognition and credibility on a national level by the Indian government, as well as on an international level by the leaders of all the commonwealth nations.
Two of our Revolutionaries have been chosen to attend the Nilgiris Landscape Restoration Drive, organized by the British Council, from 21-27 February. Along with trekking and camping, they will learn about climate change in the Nilgiri mountains in Southern India and how we can adapt to it and mitigate its effects.
On the home front, all the Revolutionaries attended the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival where they saw art in various mediums, like 3D installations, paintings, photographic slideshows, sculptures, on social issues such as poverty, hunger, exploitation, critiques of capitalism, and numerous other amazing pieces. The Revolutionaries not only gained exposure to these subjects but were also inspired to create their own art work on societal problems they have experienced.
Kranti became a green household this month! We our composting all of our biodegradable waste in our new clay composter, recycling our glass, and are also a plastic-free zone. Since we couldn’t include it all here, please either visit our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for more regular updates. Thank you for all of your generous support and all of the things you’ve helped the Revolutionaries experience and accomplish!
Kranti wishes you a very Happy New year! The last few weeks of 2010 were exceptionally successful for Kranti.
Five new Revolutionaries have joined us, their ages ranging from 20 years to as young as 7 years. The girls are being home schooled until the academic year starts in March and we can admit them in school. They are also going to dance, art, guitar, and Taekwondo classes. They are starting theatre training in a week and we hope to soon put up our home production-a play to raise awareness about sex trafficking.
We decided to give our donors Christmas presents for each of the 12 days of Christmas, and this turned out to be an immensely successful campaign for us. Over the holidays we raised $14, 000 on Global Giving! We want to thank all of our donors for their immense generosity. Your Christmas presents from Kranti are on the way!
As you know, we perceive the girls we are rehabilitating as those who will in future work to solve India’s social problems, because they have experienced them so deeply and know them so well. We see them as ‘revolutionizing’ Indian society, and the perception of women, which is why we call them ‘Revolutionaries’!
At Kranti, we want you to know our Revolutionaries personally, so you can see for yourself the progress they are making with your support. Starting this month, we will feature the profile of one Revolutionary every month, with her story, her progress, her dreams and how she wants to Revolutionize India.
Featured Revolutionary: Sumaiya
Sumaiya, 7 years of age, is our youngest Revolutionary. She’s from the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Her favourite colour is red and her favourite food is Biryani.
Sumaiya is our resident genius. She had never seen the face of a school until 3 weeks ago when she came to Kranti. But in these 3 weeks she has learned to write the alphabet in capitals and cursive, sound of the alphabets, addition and subtraction with carry-overs. She is starting to read 3 letter English words now!
In the evenings when the other Revolutionaries are playing or watching films, you will find Sumaiya sitting in the corner, giving herself Math problems and solving them! “I want to open a school next to my home and teach there,” she says.
With Mumbai highs nearing 90 (32 Celsius), snow and winter freeze are far from our minds. But since the Christmas season is upon us, we started racking our brains for how we could possibly give back to our supporters, especially as your generous donations continue to pour in during this season.
As always, we came up with a revolutionary idea – the 12 Revolutionary Days of Christmas! Beginning December 25th and continuing through January 5th, a lucky donor will RECEIVE a gift from Kranti. In addition, January 6th will be a “recurring gift” for those who made recurring donations during this period. That’s right – by signing up to make a recurring donation to Kranti, you can double your chances of receiving a gift!
So….(drumroll)….the awesome gifts are:
1.) One of the Revolutionary’s beautiful paintings
2.) CD of the Revolutionaries’ favorite songs of 2010
3.) Letter and pictures from the Revolutionaries describing an outing that you made possible
4.) Private cooking class with one of the Revolutionaries (via Skype or Flipcam)
5.) Another beautiful painting by another Revolutionary
6.) Cookbook of the Revolutionaries’ 5 favorite recipes of 2010
7.) A special set of bangles/bracelets handpicked by a Revolutionary
8.) Recorded dance class by one of the Revolutionaries to her favorite Bollywood song
9.) A pillowcase designed and stitched by a Revolutionary
10.) A special set of bangles/bracelets handpicked by another Revolutionary
11.) A personal hand written thank you note from a Revolutionary
12.) The best gift – the first ever film (on CD) made by a Revolutionary, to be shown in 3 film festivals this year!
13.) Recurring: a postcard from every location that the Revolutionaries visit in 2011!
You can make your year-end tax-deductible donation through our Global Giving site, and as always, 100% of your donation will go towards programming and the Revolutionaries' basic needs. We will especially be expanding our food budget, as we welcomed three new Revolutionaries this month! In addition, four girls will be returning to school in May after many years away, so the upcoming months will include intensive tutoring. Two of the new Revolutionaries are also starting karate and dance classes next week. Again, thank you for making all of this possible, and we hope you'll send us some extra support before the end of the year.
We hope you are as excited about receiving these gifts as we are about sharing them, and that they help us all remember the meaning of gift giving and sharing. So please tell your friends, family and everyone else you know about the 12 Revolutionary Days of Christmas – launching in 3 days!
The Revolutionaries @ Krant