Kranti

Kranti empowers girls from Mumbai's red-light areas to become agents of social change.
Mar 24, 2014

Newsletter March 2014

Kavita at Sambhaavna Institute, Himachal Pradesh.
Kavita at Sambhaavna Institute, Himachal Pradesh.

Dear Kranti supporters,

I would like to introduce myself- I am Kavita. Hosmani, the newest revolutionary of Kranti. I am 19 years old and have just finished my 12th grade. I am hoping that being part of Kranti, I will be able to study further. At the moment, I take many classes to improve my English, as well as attend Dance Movement Therapy and Theatre classes with the rest of the revolutionaries. I am going to share with you the many things that we have done in the last few months.  

To begin with, we have been having a series of classes on social justice topics such as poverty, gender, sexuality, human rights, capitalism, colonialism, religion and many more. This has given me the chance to understand the society that I live in again and also, to learn from the other revolutionaries about the issues they have faced in their lives such as discrimination and marginalization.

In January, one of our revolutionaries, Asmita Katti attended the Indian Youth Jam Training 2014 in Bangalore, where she learnt had the chance to meet with participants from all over India. She, also, listened to many change-makers about their stories, and how they are making the world a better place slowly. Even I attended a training in Himachal Pradesh to learn about community media. I am particularly fascinated by how local communities are setting up local radio stations to communicate and discuss local issues.

As part of Kranti’s work is to support LGBT rights, we took part in the pride march to protest the Supreme Court’s judgement to recriminalize homosexuality. During the march, we met with people from different NGOs and it was nice to see the LGBT community working together.

Since LGBT rights is so important to us, we discussed it in our play ‘Humans of Kamathipura’. This play was performed in many places since January such as the Goa Project 2014, Ink Women and FICCI Frames 2014. The audience loved our work and we kept having people coming and talk to us about our performance. It felt so good when people came and told us nice things about our work- it gave us confidence to continue with our theatre project.

Also, Shweta Katti, the first girl from Mumbai’s redlight area to go and study at a US university, came down to India. She gave a talk on her experiences and her life at TEDxNMIMS- we are waiting for the TEDx video to come out on Youtube so that we can share it with you.

So many things are happening in our lives and we are extremely excited. Thank you from all of us for your generosity, and we hope you will continue to support us.

 

Thank you,

Kavita.H

Krantikaries at INK Women 2014
Krantikaries at INK Women 2014
Krantikaries at The Goa Project 2014
Krantikaries at The Goa Project 2014
When Shweta Katti came to Mumbai...
When Shweta Katti came to Mumbai...

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Mar 11, 2014

Thanks for making the last two years possible...

Revolutionaries outside our current home
Revolutionaries outside our current home

Dear Kranti Supporters,

Greetings from Mumbai and from all of the Revolutionaries!

First of all, a million thanks for supporting our work thus far. All of the things the Revolutionaries have accomplished in the past two years would not have been possible without you.

Second, we wanted to inform you that we are closing down the “Build a Home” project on GlobalGiving. With Mumbai having the world’s most expensive real estate, we have decided to continue renting until someone decides to donate land or a building. In the meantime, all of the funds you have sent to the Build a Home project have either already been used for Kranti’s rent and housing expenses or will continue to be used for rent for the remainder of the year.

If you are a recurring donor, we would appreciate your support for one of our other projects, either Kranti’s operations (food, shelter, clothing, education): http://goto.gg/5490 or Shweta Katti’s Education Fund: http://goto.gg/14020

If you are an occasional donor and want to make future contributions to Kranti’s work, we would appreciate your support for our latest project, Community Theater for the Revolutionaries:http://goto.gg/16682 

Again, we cannot thank you enough for your support. The past two years have been full of success and celebration as well as setbacks and challenges, and we are honored to have had your support.  We look forward to your involvement with Kranti in the upcoming years as well.

Warm regards,
The Kranti Team 

Dec 30, 2013

A Happy, Revolutionary New Year!!

Me at the Tiger
Me at the Tiger's Nest in Bhutan!

Dear Kranti Supporters,

My name is Pinky, I am 17 and I was the first Revolutionary to come to Kranti when Kranti opened. It is 3 years this month. I can't believe it!! I also can’t believe that 2013 is gone! It has been a crazy, exciting and sometimes difficult year for all of us at Kranti, but we have done many big things we are very proud and happy about. I hope it is the same for you! For 2014, all the Revolutionaries will take turns writing Global Giving reports, so I am writing for November/December. There is just one word to explain these two months. BUSY!! The three big reasons why we were busy: 1.) Bhutan 2.) Play 3.) Exams.

Most of November, we were in Bhutan. Bhutan was beautiful and it was cold. This is all I remember. We spent many days in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Because we are from Mumbai, the city looked like a small village to us, there are such few people! We visited some NGOs in Thimpu, one working for women who run away from home because their husbands beat them, one for saving tigers in India and Bhutan and one for people who have problems with drinking. Then we went trekking in the mountains for five days – it was -25C!!! We slept in tents at night. It was beautiful. But too cold. The most amazing thing we did in Bhutan was climb the Tiger’s Nest – it is a Buddhist monastery on a stone cliff, 3,000 feet high! It took us almost 3 hours to climb. Photos below!

When we came home from Bhutan, we have been sooooo busy because we are doing a play and we performed all over Mumbai. In this play, every girl tells a story connected to her life – Sumaiya plays a girl being trafficked because her mom was trafficked at nine, Sheetal plays a bar dancer because her mother danced in bars for ten years, Rani plays a girl whose principal won’t take her in school because everyone treats girls like us as if we are too “dirty” to go to normal schools, etc. We performed this play in many places, like in front of sex workers, at Mumbai’s most famous theater, and at a conference. When we were getting ready, we worked almost four hours a day for rehearsal! But we are glad we worked hard – allllll the audiences loved us! :)

And last, we are busy because we have many exams in late December. In India, final exams are in March. So in January, February and March, all children do nothing but study! At Kranti we are trying to cut some activities so we are not busy and can spend time on studying. We girls are excited that 2014 that will start slowly.

Thank you from alllll of us at Kranti for making 2013 such a wonderful year for all of us. I hope you will keep supporting us and all of our dreams in 2014. Happy New Year!!

Thank you,
Pinky 

Sightseeing in Bhutan
Sightseeing in Bhutan
Camping in tents
Camping in tents
Tired from trekking!
Tired from trekking!
Theater rehearsal
Theater rehearsal
Final rehearsal on stage!
Final rehearsal on stage!

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