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
I was unable to attend Youth Action Net because of a severe stomach infection. In spite of falling ill while in India, I made her way to the conference, being transported in a wheelchair through airports But I had to be admitted to the ER in New York and was sent to my sister’s at Boston to recover.
On the up side, I was able to attend the Opportunity Collaboration in Estapa, Mexico, and made some great connections that we plan to strengthen in future. We will update you on these partnerships as they mature (don’t want to jinx them!).
Meanwhile, back in India, Kranti was faced with moral as well as legal dilemmas, that made us question many of our core principles of giving the Revolutionaries freedom of choice, and the belief that they know what is best for them. However, we resolved all these issues by openly discussing them with the Revolutionaries, since they are an integral part of Kranti’s decision-making process. Ultimately, we emerged with a stronger set of principles that balanced our idealist with pragmatism.
No sooner had we overcome this hurdle, that I was deported from India because of some complications with my visa. But thankfully, after cutting through much beaurocratic red tape I am back in Mumbai, and we are both dedicating our days to expand Kranti further.
The tip of that red line on that graph is us being chosen as Ashoka’s Youth Social Venture! To be recognized by an organisation like Ashoka gains us credibility and great honour in the space of social entrepreneurship.
Dear Kranti Supporters,
We moved into a new, much bigger home (Kranti is growing and we’re planning for yet more growth)! Not only does it have space to accommodate more girls but we also have space to start our own mini-library and a music room. The girls are very excited! One of them wants to learn the Tabla (Indian drums used in Hindustani Classical music) and a few of them want to learn the guitar...lessons start on Tuesday, October 12th!
Last week we partnered with an educational firm, 3D Tutorials, who have started providing us with tutors for the girls. What is great about 3D Tutorials is that we were completely honest with them about Kranti rehabilitating trafficked girls, but instead of backing off because of the taboo attached with trafficked women, they were very encouraging and supportive. All the tutors they will send to teach the girls will be briefed beforehand about the background of the girls so they can be sensitive and flexible to the needs of the girls. The CEO of 3D Tutorials, Professor Roopesh, is also going to help us to acquire documents to prove identity for the girls who don’t have any.
A very valuable partnership for Kranti is the one with Samhita, an organization based out of Mumbai, which is creating a network of NGOs and service providers for NGOs (lawyers specialising in non-profit law, funding agencies, evaluators, auditors) all over India. You can view our profile on Samhita here. Our partnership with Samhita not only gains us credibility in the Indian social service sector, but also gives us an easy path to access other human and monetary resources through their network.
Durga Puja is a 10-day long festival celebrated in India during the end of October. Typically there are larger than life idols of Gods and Goddesses put up in decorative tents where people of the city come to pray. This year, during this 10 day festival, Kranti will be holding an art exhibition of the paintings of the girls being rehabilitated by Kranti at the festival venue in Mumbai, and sharing information about trafficking in India and our work of rehabilitating trafficked women. With an estimated footfall of at least 5000 people, our exhibition will make all these people aware of Kranti’s work. (Update – we sold 8 paintings on the first day!)
Lastly, Robin is currently in North America, taking part in our most recent fellowships, Youth Action Net in Washington D. C. and Opportunity Collaboration in Mexico. Both of these promise immense exposure, and a wealth of knowledge and connections for Kranti in the global social entrepreneurial circle. We are incredibly excited to begin networking!
We are very grateful for your faith in the Revolutionaries and your undying support!
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