B102 Pushkar Accord
Lokhandwala Kandivali East
Robin Chaurasiya, Bani Das, Vandana Katti, Kavita Gonsalves
Kranti empowers girls from Mumbai's red-light areas to become agents of social change.
Kranti believes that if girls from red-light areas had access to the same education, training and opportunities as people from privileged backgrounds, not that they would be "just as good" of leaders, but that they'd be far better leaders - more innovative, compassionate and resilient due to their background and life experience. We believe girls who have faced marginalization and discrimination have an added value as leaders and change agents, not despite their background, but because of their background.
1) Therapy - because change starts from within. At Kranti, we believe that the first and most important step of becoming a social change agent is to love oneself. All of the Revolutionaries have faced abuse, rape and other types of violence, as well as the emotional/mental burden of being from India's most marginalized populations. To help them overcome society's prejudices toward themselves, their mothers and their community, Kranti offers each Revolutionary multiple types of therapy, including art therapy, dance movement therapy and cognitive based therapy.
2) Education - because changing the world requires critical thinking as well as literacy. At Kranti, we believe the purpose of education is not a job - it is empowerment and social change. Kranti's girls study in normal schools (including Teach For India and Akanksha classrooms) as well as NIOS. They attend trainings with NGOs around India, including Swaraj, Sambhaavnaa, PWESCR, CREA and Pravah. The Revolutionaries are also free to design their own curriculums and measure their own progress.
3) Extra-Curricular - because social change is led by well-rounded human beings. Each Revolutionary is required to take two extracurricular activities, one physical and one artistic. They are currently enrolled in classes for photography, drawing, singing, piano, drums, karate, dance (Bollywood, contemporary, hip-hop) and many others.
4) Social Justice - because social change must be taught and learned. The Social Justice Curriculum covers 20 topics such as caste, class, religion, environment, gender/sexuality and women's rights. Through a combination of workshops, documentaries, theatre, guest speakers and field visits, the Revolutionaries learn about the root causes of India's biggest social justice problems, what the situation is today, and how they help solve the problem. The Revolutionaries are required to design and implement their own projects for each social justice unit.
5) Workshops & Theater - because changing the world requires practice! The Revolutionaries have led dozens of interactive workshops across India for over 15,000 people at schools, companies and NGOs. Topics range from trafficking and sex work to gender equality and sexual abuse. The Revolutionaries are always learning, experimenting and improving as instructors.
6) Travel - because you can't change the world without seeing it first! Kranti takes 3-5 trips every year, including an annual Himalayan trek in India, Nepal or Bhutan. Traveling provides the opportunity to learn from various NGOs and lead workshops around the country, as well as develop the confidence, grit and resilience that can only come from traveling. We also encourage the Revolutionaries to travel alone, either in transit from trainings or their family's villages, or even to implement social justice projects.