This November was Gender and Sexuality month at Kranti. The girls learnt about different gender and sexual identities and norms, how to be accepting of different identities and create safespaces for them, through multiple workshops. We also held movie screenings: XXY (about a transexual youth's experience of life) and Tale of the Night Fairies (about the unionisation of sex workers in West Bengal, India).But it was the culmination of Gender and Sexuality month that was epic! The entire Kranti family took a trip to Bangalore to attend the Pride Parade. We also met other non-profits in Bangalore working in the area of sexuality and gender to learn about their work. From Sangama the Revolutionaries learnt about the health and legal rights of the transgender sex worker community. From LesBiT the Revolutionaries learnt about the work being done for the advancement of the human rights of lesbian and bisexual women, and Female to Male transgenders.The older Revolutionaries attended TEDxMumbai and were inspired by all the speakers to find their passion, and pursue it all their lives as a profession. Krushnaa Patil, the youngest Indian woman to climb Mt. Everest at 19 years, Ashok Rathod, who started the Oscar Foundation when he was 18 to mobilise the youth in Mumbai's slums, were some of the speakers who inspired the Revolutionaries. Some of the Revolutionaries are now aiming to beat Krushnaa Patil's record to become the youngest Indian woman to climb Mt. Everest! And to encourage them, the Kranti family is taking a week long trek in the Western Ghats to celebrate Christmas and the New Year!On the organisational front, Kranti partnered with Dream A Dream, who will train our staff and share their curriculum with us on how to use sports and the creative arts to develop life skills in the Revolutionaries. Through Dream A Dream's programs we will build decision-making, problem solving, communication and interpersonal skills, self-awareness, empathy and the ability to cope with emotions and stress in the Revolutionaries.
With the release of Revolutionary Daughters- Al Jazeera English'sdocumentary on Kranti, we were flooded with emails from all over the world! There is a 12 year old girl in Sacramento who wants to be email friends with the Revolutionaries, and a 75 year old couple in the UK who want to donate £10 to us every month, although they are pensioners themselves.
It was "Nutrition and Food Justice" month at Kranti this month! The girls learnt about a balanced diet and the Kranti home now eats based on a menu prepared by a dietician, kick starting the day with breakfast smoothies packed with the wholesome goodness of fruits and dairy. We conducted two workshops for the Revolutionaries to learn the origin of their food and organic food production. To make the learning experiential, the Revolutionaries visited the Sahakari Spice Garden, an organic spice farm, in Goa, and learnt first hand from the farmers there.
The older Revolutionaries are scouting for colleges to apply to next year. They recently visited the Mahindra United World College, Pune, India, to meet the teachers and students there, look at the infrastructure of the campus, and understand the course requirements.
We are going to be on T.V.!!! Kranti will feature on Al Jazeera International’s new series, “Activate”, featuring young activists around the globe. Watch the premier of “Revolutionary Daughters” on the 18th of October, on: http://english.aljazeera.net/Programmes/activate/episodes.html
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The Revolutionaries have been stars at conferences around the country this month!
Our co-founder, Trina, won The Indus Entrepreneurs Stree Shakti award for being the most promising social entrepreneur of the year! She got a cash prize of Rs. 100, 000, that Kranti is going to use to start a college fund for the oldest Revolutionaries, who will be going to college in 2 years.
Two Revolutionaries, Savita and Bani, attended a Women’s Rights and Empowerment conferece in New Delhi organised by PWESCR (Programme on Women's Economic Social and Cultural Rights). Yet another Revolutionary, Aparna, participated in the Youth Parliament, that discussed the prospect of sex education in schools and presented the state government with a proposal of a sex education curriculum.
The Revolution is playing– they are going to be in the Limca Book of World Records for being part of the team with the most number of people water rappelling simultaneously! And Sumaiya, 8 years, won the gold medal in the District Level Wushu tournament! August has been a very productive month for learning at Kranti, both for the staff and the Revolutionaries. The entire Kranti team made a trip to Sangli, in rural Maharashtra, to meet the sex workers’ collective, Sangram (www.sangram.org), and learnt about organizing collectives. They had the opportunity to be inspired by empowered sex workers who were aware of and demanded and got their rights . Read our blog (www.kranti-india.org/blog) to find out more about the learning experiences of the Kranti team at Sangram. Two of the Revolutionaries– Aparna and Savita, started high school. Aparna is studying the sciences to pursue her dream of becoming a gynecologist , and Savita is studying commerce because she wants to handle Kranti’s accounts in the future. The staff of Kranti have been undergoing weekly training on counseling children who have faced sexual abuse. From 6-10th September Robin, our founder, will be attending the workshop- “We CAN Deal with Child Sexual Abuse” conducted by Lois Engelbrecht, who has over 18 years of experience in the field of Child Sexual Abuse and has helped set up centers working on CSA in cities across South East Asia. These trainings and workshops will build capacity in the staff to support the Revolutionaries to deal with and overcome Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Our apologies for this embarrassingly late newsletter. We were busy moving mountains and stars!
A month long search and 12 rejections later, Kranti finally has a new home! We have shifted in and made it our own by painting our walls with inspirational, revolutionary quotes and symbols.
June saw the inception of an art workshop and a writer’s workshop for the Revolutionaries. The 3 month long art workshop will culminate in an exhibition and auction of the Revolutionaries’ art work to raise funds to purchase land to build Kranti’s permanent home in the next 12 months.
The writing workshop will help the Revolutionaries express themselves– their past, their future aspirations, their present struggles and achievements. Venting through writing will especially help the quieter Revolutionaries, who are not expressive through speech.
We are also extremely excited to be launching a new scholarship program for marginalized girls who want to go to high school. We are kick-starting our pilot program this month with seven bright girls, eager to study hard, and with revolutionary ideas to change the world!
But most exciting of all! Kranti is barging on to the international media scene! Al Jazeera International is currently in Mumbai shooting a documentary on Kranti to be telecast on their latest series, Save the Women, featuring female activists around the world. The Revolution is launching unto the world!
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