Kranti (Revolution in Hindi) empowers girls from Mumbai's red-light areas (Revolutionaries) to become agents of social change. We provide a healing home, healthcare and psychotherapy, formal and extracurricular education, leadership training and the skills to solve social problems. At Kranti, we believe empowerment should not just lead to a salary - it should lead to a voice - because every Revolutionary has the power to be a leader for herself and her community!
There is no investment in girls from marginalised communities, especially the red light area, to enable them to solve social problems. In 2012, of the G20 countries, India is ranked the worst place to be a woman. In 2011, an estimated 3 million women were trafficked in India. Indian girls face many additional forms of violence, including child marriage, dowry deaths. These problems are not due to a lack of resources or knowledge - they are due to the lack of women's voices in leadership roles.
Kranti empowers girls from Mumbai's red-light areas to become agents of social change. Kranti has a safe home for the girls. We connect them to psychiatrists and therapists to support them to become psychologically and emotionally stable and strong. We enroll them in formal education institutions, and extra-curricular skill training classes as per their interest. We have developed our internal leadership development curriculum that we run with the girls, called "Kranti School".
In the past 5 years, Kranti's girls have become the first girls from India's red-light area to study abroad, received UN awards for their social justice work, given 25+ TEDx talks around the world, and performed their own play in front of a million audience members in India, the US, and UK - they were also featured on BBC during their performances at Edinburgh Fringe last year. In 2016, Kranti's alternative school was named a Top 10 for the $1 million Global Teacher Prize.