Empower Future Leaders from Mumbai Red-Light Areas

by Kranti
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Dear Kranti Supporters,

We are amongst the Top10 to win the prestigious Global Teacher’s Prize! If Robin, our co-founder, wins, our dream of the Kranti School will come true. The Kranti School- where marginalized girls learn, not only math, science, language, but how to change the world. You can watch an incredible video about Kranti School here.

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Getting our Diwali trip started
Getting our Diwali trip started

Hello, my name is Danish and I’m 17. This time it’s my turn to write about what’s happening at Kranti, so I wanted to tell you more about me first. :) I’ve been at Kranti for one year and I study in NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling) where I get to choose my subjects and do exams when I’m ready. Before NIOS, I used to go to high school but I really don’t like the education system there because if I am interested in an arts subject as well as business, I can’t study both, I have to choose either arts, science, or commerce. That’s why I quit high school and decided to do NIOS. Now I can take many different subjects, like sociology, business, and environmental science. I am really happy that I quit regular school and decide to do NIOS. Now also I don’t feel pressure about passing my exams right away so I can actually learn, not memorize.

So now I got a holiday from my class because Diwali is coming and we are all traveling to Mussoorie, a small town in the mountains in Uttarakhand, which is the bottom of the Himalayas. In our day to day life we girls are so very very busy with our own schedules and don’t get to spend so much time together. So going to Mussoorie our purpose is that we will spend quality family time together. When we come together and spend time together that’s when we realize how much it is important to spend time together and share our own different experiences and stories...we live in the same house but we live such different lives! Does that happen to you and your family too or is it just in Kranti?!?

So this is why almost every Diwali or Christmas we travel somewhere fun and spend time together. Like last year we went to Andaman Islands which was a very different experience for us, we did snorkeling and other new things. I love to travel to different places and eat different food, meet different people, observe new things, etc. Not all Kranti girls like travel, but *I* am very excited about traveling. Just in my one year at Kranti, I have traveled to Rajasthan, Himachal and West Bengal for workshops like acting, storytelling, and non violent communication. Before joining Kranti I had never left my homestate. Because of this travel, I am confident enough to go anywhere in India alone now! Sometimes my mom looks at me with so much shock. One because I am a girl, but two because before I was quiet and shy and not so confident, but now I know how to go anywhere, I know all the good places in Mumbai, I travel without a ticket and hide from the ticket checkers. :D

I also think travel is important because if we Krantikaris really want to change the world, we have to see it first! And the world is different thorugh every person’s eyes. I like the world through my eyes, it is very big, new and interesting! :) Anyway, sorry I am saying soooo much. But basically the last few months I have spent learning and traveling. This is not everyone’s story in Kranti, but this is my story. I hope you enjoyed reading. I wanted to share all of this with you because you are the people who make my life possible - my food, my clothes, my home, my education, my therapy, my travel, and all my other life experiences. So thank you very, very, very much.

Love,

Danish

How to travel when you don
How to travel when you don't have a confirmed seat
When the music starts, silly dancing happens!
When the music starts, silly dancing happens!
Invite to Natya Bharati, D.C. Performance
Invite to Natya Bharati, D.C. Performance

It’s a dream come true, Kranti’s U.S. tour. When Robin (Kranti’s co-founder) told me about her idea of doing a tour around the states with all the Krantikaris, I was like, “Are you kidding me?” I seriously didn’t believe we could do something like that, but then I forgot it's Robin - she can pull off anything of course, even if that means no sleep for months.

All the Krantikaris had been working on a play, Lal Batti Express (which in English means Red Light Express) for months, and now it was time to bring it alive on U.S. platforms. I still remember sitting with Robin near the U.S. consulate and waiting to get all the visas. We had all our flights the next morning and were still missing few visas - we had no idea of how it was all going to work out, but I had faith, because this same thing happened to me two years back when I was first flying to U.S. I got my U.S. student visa 1 ½hours before my flight! In the end it worked out for the Krantikaris too, and the next day Lal Batti Express boarded the plane and took off for NYC.

I had been in NYC many times by myself, and this time everyone was there: my mom, my sisters, and the whole Kranti family. It was whole different experience seeing New York City with everyone and I loved it.

After NYC we travelled to DC, then Chicago. We LOVED deep dish pizza in Chicago (but NYC is still my favorite place ;) ). In these cities we performed our play and also went sightseeing. After Chicago we went to Yellowstone, where we got to go river rafting and saw hot springs - it is truly magical to see the things that exist on this planet. I am scared of water, but I dared to go river rafting because A) there is no option of not going at Kranti and B) Dar Ke Agge Jeet hai - facing fears only makes you stronger. After Yellowstone we went to San Francisco, and finally to LA. All these cities were great and I loved them.

The best part of going to all these cities is that we got to perform on very different platforms. In NYC we performed at GEMS, which works with trafficked girls in NYC. We got to share our stories with the people who had similar stories, and we felt very connected. In DC we performed in a juvenile jail where all the girls were our age. In Chicago we performed at the famous Field Museum on an open platform. People stopped by and saw our play, some laughed but kept going and had a wonderful experience. In San Francisco we performed at Google, can you imagine that? Google was something I had not even thought of, and it has its own Indian restaurant... I mean seriously, who has an Indian restaurant in their U.S. office?! The food was delicious. And you know where we performed next? Facebook! Those were the days I did not believe anything was real. In LA we performed at CBS studios; we also performed in a Hindu temple and it was beautiful.

My life on the Lal Batti Express was very exciting, it was an amazing experience for me and all the Krantikaris. Thank you sooooo much to everyone who donated to make this possible. We learned so much about the world and ourselves, and we got to teach others about our lives... all thanks to you!

After the Performance at the Facebook Office
After the Performance at the Facebook Office
House Full at the Chicago Performance
House Full at the Chicago Performance
Attending Pride Parade at San Francisco
Attending Pride Parade at San Francisco
At the Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C.
At the Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C.

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Selfie at our Xmas/New Year home!
Selfie at our Xmas/New Year home!

Dear Kranti Friends,

Can you believe 1/12th of 2015 is already done? I can’t! Life is so, so busy, sometimes I feel very old. :) But I am 17. My name is Asmita Katti, but everyone call me Ashi. I am so happy for 2015 because this year many many big things will happen, for me and for Kranti. This year I am going to finish 12th! That is biggest thing...but November and December were so exciting at Kranti, we are all excited for what 2015 will bring.

During winter break many people travel to hot places. But Mumbai is already hot...so we Krantikaris travel to cold places! This winter we went to Himachal Pradesh, which is the second most north state in India and it is the foothills of the Himalayas.  For one week, we stayed at an old monastery and our theatre teacher came from Delhi to teach us theatre....from 7am everyday to 7pm! At 7pm it was soooo dark and cold that we all stayed under our blankets and told ghost stories. Except for one day – we started at 5am because a secret donor paid for allllll of us to go paragliding! (Photo and video below.)

After that we went to a science camp that is made for kids who do not have very good science in school. We all studied in red-light area school and we always thought we hate science. But in four days of science camp we did so many amazing things, making catapults, opening electronics, operating machines...we all learn that we don’t hate science, we hate how our school teaches science. We are all looking for more interesting ways to learn science in Mumbai!

And lastly, one of the Krantikaris left us for a few months – Kavita left on 6 Jan to sail Semester at Sea, a university program on a ship that sails 12 countries in five months. The ship will come to India in March so we hope to see her. Like all of us Krantikaris, it was very hard for Kavita to get her passport, visas, etc. But then one journalist wrote about her and she was on the front page of a national newspaper! Then lotttsss of journalists started calling and many people offered their help, like Bollywood actresses and Mumbai’s politicians! Anyway, we are sad for her to go but very happy for her journey.

I think “thank you” can never say enough for all the amazing people we have in our lifes. We are soooo lucky to have so many supporters like you around the world, most we never met but you support us and our dreams always. I never, never thought I will go paragliding, but now I am so confident that I can do anything...I am even ready to skydive someday! :) I hope all of you are having a wonderful, wonderful 2015. I hope all year is filled with family, friends and happiness for you!

Love,
Ashi

 

Yes it was THAT cold!
Yes it was THAT cold!
Flying!! Just for 20 minutes. :)
Flying!! Just for 20 minutes. :)
Kavita with her passport and Morocco visa
Kavita with her passport and Morocco visa

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Happy Hellos at Airport
Happy Hellos at Airport

Hi Kranti Friends, 

My name is Taniya and I am one of Kranti's Revolutionaries! I just start 11th grade and I am 18. Everyone at Kranti says I am a little bit crazy, but I think I am very sweet. :) I think you know that at Kranti every girl has chance to write Global Giving reports and I am writing for last two months. I think I can give summary in one sentence if you do not want to read so much: KRANTI IS LIKE AN AIRPORT.

But I would like to share with you what is happening in Kranti because it was very exciting 2-3 months! We Krantikaris call ourselves change agents, and many people thing change is hard. But sometimes at Kranti we see real change, so we know change is hard but it is possible. I think the last few months Kranti's biggest change is all the places we went and people we met - nobody has ever met girls from red-light areas before and nobody thinks we are "normal" people who are equal. So at Kranti, because we go for many programs, we meet people from all over India and the world and they change their mind about girls like us after they meet us.

For example, me and another Revolutionary, Kavita, were so lucky to spend June and July traveling all India. We went to three programs - one in Patna (conservative north India) where we learn about women's rights, one in Himachal (mountain area with tribal people) about inner reflection, and one in Goa (nice beach with many foreigners) about religion and caste in India. At all these programs, we were the first people who were from red-light area to ever come for these trainings. Everyone said to us, "Wow we never knew kids like you are so strong and brave," some people said "Now I don't think bad about sex workers," etc. I feel very proud when people say things like this!

Also last two months were exciting because everyone was coming home from somewhere. In summer, Kranti feel a little empty, but when school is starting, everyone come back. Two Revolutionaries, Sapna (18) and Sheetal (19) went to a program in India's first alternative university. Rani and Sumaiya, both 13, went to American summer camps and they came home. Me and Sheetal had birthdays in August, and we celebrate Sheetal's birthday AT the airport! :)  

But…I kept our most exciting news for last! Actually we have two very amazing, exciting news! 

1.) Our oldest Revolutionary, Sheetal, has been selected to attend a one year drum program in America!!! She just left to America this week and she is stay 4 days in New York with Shweta before going to DC, where she will take classes at American University and Levine Music School. (If you want donate for her program, she has her own GG page.)

2.) One of the Revolutionaries, Shweta, who is studying New York will get the UN Youth Courage Award this week! We are very very excited for her! To tell the truth, do not know what the UN is. But I know Malala got the same award, and I know she is awesome. So Shweta is also awesome. :)

That is all, I hope you enjoy reading about Krantikaris and our summer. Thank you so, so much for all of your help. We are doing awesome things, but we can do because you feed and clothe us with your donations. :) 

Love,
Taniya

Teary Goodbyes at the Airport (Sheetal
Teary Goodbyes at the Airport (Sheetal's Mom)
Birthdays at the Airport
Birthdays at the Airport
Passing Time at the Airport
Passing Time at the Airport
A Birthday at Home!
A Birthday at Home!
Sheetal playing drums
Sheetal playing drums

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Kranti

Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra - India
Website: http:/​/​www.kranti-india.org
Kranti
Project Leader:
Robin Chaurasiya
Mumbai, Maharashtra India
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