Dec 2, 2020

Strengthening Adolescent Girls with Sex Education (34490)

This year due to the on-going  Covid 19 Pandemic, uncertainty, fear, loss of loved ones and for some even livelihood, struggle for survival, threw challenges to many. Kolkata Sanved employees rapidly adapted to the new norm and embraced the new skill of working on a virtual mode. We received enormous support, love and energy from our program participants, partners, friends, supporters and well-wishers. Armed with strength and positivity, work went on in full swing, in spite of all the challenges faced. Taking care of all safety precautions and with covid19 protocols in place, office premises re-opened from July onwards.

Emergency Support for Covid 19  and Amphan continued and extended to additional areas. Several field visits were conducted and most of our Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) intervention program started online, both in West Bengal and Maharashtra.

Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR) being an experiential process has been resumed by taking extreme precautions. A total of 30 young adolescent girls were taken through SRHR at NOSKK, Bauria, in Howrah district. Due to the on-going pandemic, the group was broken into small groups of 10 participants, thereby ensuring physical distancing during the session.  

Aug 4, 2020

Report - Kolkata Sanved

This year started with a Global crisis due to the ongoing  Nationwide lockdown caused by the  raging pandemic  COVID-19, ravaging much of the World. If this was not enough already, Super-cyclone Amphan made landfall on 20th of May 2020, causing devastation in Kolkata, North and South 24 Parganas. The most severe effects of the cyclone were in South and North 24 Parganas Districts of West Bengal. Many people in these two districts are faced with homelessness, destitution and ill health. This cyclone has been unprecedented and has destroyed their lives like no other. In fact socio-economically the state will take minimum 5 years to recover from all the damage .  

Kolkata Sanved rose to the occasion and went beyond its routine work of providing awareness on SRHR using Dance Movement Therapy and  reached out to hundreds of adolescent girls and their families severely affected by prolonged lockdown and Super Cyclone Amphan. Many of them having lost their means of livelihood, were on the brink of starvation after depleting their meagre savings.

Kolkata Sanved proactively decided to organise funds from willing donors and support deeply distressed families with basic rations of rice, pulse, oil, salt, potato, Soya,  turmeric powder, soap, detergent and ofcourse  sanitary napkins which is a part of the SRHR initiative to ensure sexual health of the adolescent girls.   This was done in collaboration with various NGOs. Masks were also provided for raising COVID-19 awareness.


Apr 1, 2020


Between 12th and 14th of March 2020,Kolkata Sanved conducted specially customized Sexual and Reproductive Healthand Rights (SRHR) sessions with Suprava Pachashila Mahila Udyog Samity ( SPMUS) in the district of Murshidabadin West Bengal. 16 participants who are a part of Kolkata Sanved’s traumarecovery module, attended the session. Along with them, 3 care providers attended the sessions, supported by fundsfrom GlobalGiving.

The participants were girls between the age of 13- 20. Theyall live in adjoining communities of Murshidabad and partake in variousprograms and projects of SPMUS.

One of the participants who is a severe trauma survivor wasaccompanied by her mother, who also actively took part in the sessions. Most ofthe participants in the session have experienced some form of gender basedviolence which includes

·        sexual violence or harassment

·        Commercial sexual exploitation

·        Forced and early marriage.

The participants were also at vulnerable adolescent age andwere at risk of finding themselves in unsafe romantic entanglements. Due tolack of knowledge, some of them have shown signs of risky sexual behavior. Oneparticipant in the class was HIV positive. Due to lack of knowledge on thetopic, she faces stigma from her peers. She was also not aware of how toeffectively take care of herself. Because of all this, it was felt that theyneeded inputs on sexuality and healthy relationships. For this purpose aspecially customized workshop was designed.

Objectives of the workshop was to

·        Deconstruct discourses aroundgender and sexuality

·        Impart health basedinformation  to enhance well being

·        Learning how to set boundaries

·        Learning how to Identify  unhealthy relationships

·        Learning how to navigaterelationships.

·         Learning how to identify  Safe space

The facilitator also spoke about the need to understand thedifference between violence and consensual sexual activity and how it’simportant to critically think about ideas perpetuated in society, that we areexpected to follow.

The key outcomes of the workshop are summed up below :

·        Participants learnt about theirbodies

·        They became more aware of  how to work on health and hygiene

·        Participants learnt how tonavigate relationships in adolescence

·        started thinking criticallyaround social norms

·        Participants became aware oftheir rights in terms of relationships.


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