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
I am guessing you do not know. :) You should google and see -- because all of Kranti is going to Bhutan for our Diwali break! (This is like winter break for many of you, 3 weeks.) Bhutan is between India and China and it is covered with national parks and Himalaya mountains. We will be trekking, meditating and visiting 3 NGOs in Bhutan. We are very excited, but it is very far away and we will travel 3 days just to reach!
There is not very much update on our own home - but we built a new library and are still working to organize it because we have so many books. We also had three birthdays since last time I wrote, and we have started many new activities, including acting classes, dance movement therapy, everything happens in our small, small flat right now and even our teachers complain our home is too small. :)
Other big news is that a local tv channel did a short documentary on Kranti and that October 11 was "International Day of the Girl Child" so Kranti's girls got to give speeches in three places. Also DNA newspaper wrote about Kranti. It was my favourite article anyone wrote about Kranti because she talked about us, each girl, not just Kranti as a place. You can read it below.
Last thing -- next time I write, we might have some very, very, very exciting news about our home! November and December are very busy months, we Revolutionaries are giving speeches, traveling to trainings and internships and also performinng in Mumbai's biggest theatre! We are very excited, and I think maybe these two busy months will help us reach someone who can help with a home. I will of course keep you updated! :) Happy Diwali to all of you! We will write after Bhutan!
Laxmi & the Revolutionaries
Dear Kranti Friends & Supporters,
It has been a busy couple of months at Kranti! This is not, however, due to tons of activities and programs, however, it is due to loud drilling and construction! Six months ago, a local university decided to take on the task of designing and building Kranti's new library. They did an excellent job designing, starting with conversations with the girls and research on how we used (or didn't use!) our library. The students then went through three phases of designing, sharing and reassessing their designs.
After 2 months, this resulted in a finalized design that we decided to create. Some features include: collapsible desks so the space can be used for studying or meetings, interlocking shelves so we can relocate them when we move, storage space above and below bookcases, and corner seating for a lazy day of reading. Although we still do not have all the funds necessary to complete the work, we are excited to get started and work towards a future of utilizing our library for learning and reading (and not just for storage).
We will be adding photos as the library progresses, and 14-year-old Saira will also be narrating some short videos from the beginning, middle and end of our building process. Stay tuned and thanks for all of your support and help!
Dear Kranti Supporters & Friends,
I hope all of you are well. We are busy as always, and our housing project is one thing that is very time consuming but will take years to produce results. But every time that I am out and about in Mumbai, I see hundreds of new skyscrapers which are either just being built or still lying empty. So we have decided on a new tactic – we plan to ask 10,000 people (builders, wealthy individuals) in Mumbai to donate a flat or two. Also, there are many hip, upcoming areas of Mumbai which used to be industrial areas and are now teeming with boutiques shops, nice cafes, high-end design/retail and entertainment venues. One such place is Café Zoe, which used to be an old mill and is now one of Mumbai’s best-known café/bars. Inspired by Café Zoe, we have decided to also seek an old abandoned building to make Kranti’s new home/business.
So once we start our hunt for the perfect building, what next? What do we say when face-to-face with a building owner?? The past month we have been working hard to create a small booklet which explains everything about Kranti: our mission, our goals, our needs. This booklet is in its final drafts, and we are printing 10,000 copies to distribute ALL over Mumbai! I’m uploading the latest copy of this booklet, and if anyone has any inputs, edits or ideas, please share them! We would love to hear from you, our supporters who will make this home possible. But please rest assured we are working hard and thinking daily about how to tackle the housing issue. You can help us by taking a look at our booklet, sharing your ideas and connecting us with anyone who might be able to help. Again, we are grateful for your support the past year and look forward to working with you in the upcoming years – let’s make Kranti’s home a reality!!
Warm regards, Robin
Every time we feel we might be making progress on purchasing land or finding a flat to buy, we experience some kind of setback or failure. But we are learning from each of these ‘failures’.The most recent: a wonderful bungalow advertised in a local paper, which had left an additional zero off the end of the price. This made a substantial difference, so we didn’t even look at the place. We thought it was too good to be true, and it was! Through these failures, we have also come up with new ideas and networked with individuals who can offer guidance and support in the real estate market. We recently presented at the Urban Poverty workshop, held at the Dutch Design Workspace, and the leader of the organization has been an amazing mentor and connected us with some realtors in addition to helping us think about possible solutions for our sustainability models. Thinking outside the box, we are even considering separating our non-profit and for-profit ventures by location, but our estimated fund raising needs are at least $300,000 in addition to our current savings.
In November, Kranti took a three week trip to Kashmir and Ladakh. In addition to learning about the Kashmir conflict and trekking in the mountains of Ladakh, we spent time at SECMOL (Students’ Education and Cultural Movement of Ladakh), which is a self-sustainable school. We learned a lot about environmentally friendly designs and enjoyed time with the students. In addition to taking part in daily chores and lessons, our Revolutionaries also led workshops on gender & sexuality and sex education for SECMOL’s students.
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