Dear Kranti Supporters,
It has been a busy two weeks as always!
First of all, I would like to announce that Newsweek magazine chose me as one of the “25 Under 25 Young Women to Watch” last week!! You can see it here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/witw/galleries/2013/03/29/women-in-the-world-25-under-25-young-women-to-watch-photos.html#906f5b4b-0997-4931-a41c-ac1db74fd614
I am very excited to be chosen with so many amazing girls and women doing so many wonderful things for society!!
We have a volunteer, Rohit, who comes every Monday and teaches two hours sessions on Social Justice Issues. Last Monday, we went to watch 2 documentaries. A Pinch of Skin is a short documentary on the practice of Female Genital Mutilation. According to their website it is “a film on betrayal of innocent girls, perpetuated by a deep-seated social more, how medieval cruelty invades modern, educated homes, even today.” We learnt so many things from this movie we didn’t even know such thing happens in India. We knew about female genital mutilation in Africa. But in Rohit bhaiya’s (bhaiya means brother, it is what we call our male teachers and volunteers) session we have also talked about rituals and practices in different religions in India and all over the world.
This Monday, we surprised the staff by giving them story books we wrote and illustrated, a homework assignment from Rohit bhaiya. We enjoyed it, one day we were working until 3 o’clock in the morning! Yeah, our own books, sounds amazing right? I always wanted to write a book and my dream came true with the help of Rohit. He showed us a photo of a young boy and a man and asked us to think what the photo is about and what we think. We shared our ideas and then connected it with social issue that affects us. Later he told us that they were father and son in the photo. He then told us to write a story on that photo and the story should end on the photo.
The most exciting thing I did this week was attend – and present! – at The Goa Project Conference. I was the youngest speaker at the conference. I was really nervous at the time but when I started talking, the nervousness automatically disappeared. I did a workshop with our audience called the ‘sex worker’s life maze’. We asked them to become a rural, marginalized, illiterate 16-year-old girl and gave them situation where they had to make choices. Afterward, I facilitated a discussion where everyone shared their different views and thoughts. I asked them to share why they made the choices they made and how they felt. In those ten minutes they had been through the situations that most sex workers face. After that maze I shared my experiences growing up in the red light area. Everyone liked the workshop. They praised me and Katie (who “assisted” me) for the work Kranti is doing. It was a great experience for me I learnt different things about myself; I asked Katie “where I was mistaken and what should I improve?” she said that I talk so fast and don’t finish the sentence and jump on the other sentence, so I am trying to improve this. But I know that I am very lucky compared to any 18-year-old in the world to have so many speaking offers and opportunities. Since I get to speak on for my community so much, it is very important to me to represent them well.
Since I am taking a gap year right now I do not have exams, but the rest of the Revolutionaries have exams going on and all are studying hard. The youngest Revolutionary had a science fair at her school, the first time she and other students have ever had a chance to show their work to family and friends. Pictures below! After exams end, we will have 10 days of art workshop such as painting, sketching, sculpture, photography because there are three German volunteers here who want to teach us many types of art. Since school will finish this week, starting next week we will be doing only art and extracurricular activities like swimming, dance, guitar, drums, drawing. And of course finally sleeping! :)
I am still working on my passport and I hope to have it next week. But the people who made these laws, it is like they want to prevent poor, undocumented people from having passports. But I will beat the system and I will get my passport one way or another!! I hope all of you are doing well and thank you, as always, for supporting Kranti’s work and helping us achieve our dreams.
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