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Empowering and Protecting Slum Girls

by Sukarya
Empowering and Protecting Slum Girls
Empowering and Protecting Slum Girls
Empowering and Protecting Slum Girls
Empowering and Protecting Slum Girls
Empowering and Protecting Slum Girls
Empowering and Protecting Slum Girls
Empowering and Protecting Slum Girls
Empowering and Protecting Slum Girls
Empowering and Protecting Slum Girls
Empowering and Protecting Slum Girls
Empowering and Protecting Slum Girls
Empowering and Protecting Slum Girls

The daughter of a laborer father and a housemaid mother, Rani, 13, aspires to be a teacher in a government school. She is determined to work hard, study well, become independent and lend a helping hand to her parents as she grows up.

Rani with her 3 siblings lives with her parents in a highly cluttered and swamped slum community in J.J Bandhu camp in Vasant Kunj, Delhi. Being the youngest child she studies in the 7th grade and has seen her elder sister going through hardships being married at 16. She doesn’t want to go through the same.

She was introduced to Sukarya's Adolescent Reproductive Sexual Health (ARSH) program, a training session aimed to increase the health seeking behavior in adolescent age group and provide them with the right knowledge about various aspect of their growing life. She attended all six sessions of the training with much enthusiasm and motivated other girls of her age group to attend the same.

“Being a member of this group taught me to speak up about myself in school and to my parents", she says, " the physiological and emotional changes brought about by adolescence were frightening to deal with, alone". "My own mother had told me to avoid discussing such issues due to cultural and social stigmas", "however, after ARSH, I have been able to discuss these issues in an appropriate manner and have nothing to be ashamed of".

Today, Rani is a living example for other adolescents girls living in the slums, confident and empowered. They are able to speak out in front of an audience. The ARSH program empowers adolescent girls with the knowledge necessary to take initiatives for their own health and wellbeing. 


Laxmi, the girl who leads
Laxmi, the girl who leads


“We are fortunate to have such a training session in our slum locality as there is hardly any opportunity here to talk about adolescent health”, shares Laxmi, 19, from JJ Bandhu Slum pocket in Delhi. The batch has just started in this locality with adolescent girls & Laxmi was first to hear about the training & has firmly assured the project team to assist in enlisting the girls, disseminating about the training schedule and ensured their participation in training. Her passion to help her peers in her neighborhood has been channelized by Sukarya by acknowledging her as the Lead Girl for the current batch.

“When I met her, she promptly responded to start the batch as the community has significant number of adolescent girls. There was no platform for the girls to discuss about their health issues, challenges they were experiencing, to learn the nuances of this transition stage and how to combat these challenges. Laxmi was quick to help the team in the formation of the batch”, shared Nasim Ahamad, coordinating field operations for Sukarya.

The project team explores lead girls in each batch – provides appropriate hand holding supports in developing leadership skills, builds the confidence to lead the group and develop them act as a resource for the community. “I learnt about coping mechanism while going through different changes of adolescence stage, healthy nutritious intakes and family life education. The trainings are quite helpful for us as the female trainer enables us to get clarifications over many doubts. I have been acknowledged by my peers and they call me Didi (Sister). This gives me immense confidence and pride”, adds Laxmi.

The impact of the program is evident! Sukarya’s Adolescent Girls Empowerment portfolio consciously ensures to develop girls like Laxmi to act as ambassador for change for their community.   


Empowering and Protecting Adolescent Girls
Quarterly Report: February – April 2019

This specialized program has registered three new batches during the reporting quarter. One batch was formed in community while two fresh batches were started in Government schools. The new batches attended pre-assessment test before the first training to exhibit their knowledge about the topics. Whereas, the post-assessment exercise was carried out with concluding batches to analyze the impact of the training sessions. 

The project team has identified and developed lead girls in each location in order to ensure the sustainability of the intervention and these “lead girls” would act as resource [Positive deviance ] for the community they live in.     

During the reporting period, total 292 adolescent girls were reached out through six batches across both the verticals – Community and Government Schools. Total 13 training sessions were organized with adolescent girls in Delhi and Gurugram.

Topics covered under the Program

  1. Adolescent Health.
  2. Menstrual Hygiene.
  3. Reproductive Health.
  4. Family life [Role, stages of life, relationship].
  5. Life and Social threats, Issues/Challenges, Coping mechanism, Police and other help line numbers, emergency numbers. 
  6. Self-defense tools, tips and key skills to handle emergency situations.




Presenting the learnings
Presenting the learnings
Energizer game
Energizer game
Asking questions shows the confidence
Asking questions shows the confidence
Post assessment session
Post assessment session
Training session  in school
Training session in school


It's No More Scary or stressful!

"When I got my first period, I got scared as no one had ever told me about it and I didn't know why I was bleeding”, shared, Kamini, who just turned 13, a resident of Arjun Camp slum pocket of Delhi. She further went on saying “many questions have popped up in my mind which created disturbances and subsequently, I lost my confidence in doing my regular activities. I faced many challenges as I did not know what to do”.

This is not an exceptional narrative of a young girl like Kamini, but there are many such uninformed adolescents girls who were never told about the menstrual period. While closely working with these girls, there have been many experiences that emerged from the community and school vertical program. 

Meanwhile, she was told by her friend about Sukarya’s training session being run at her slum locality. She immediately joined the ARSH training program. After the training when she was asked about what she learned she responded saying “I attended session on menstrual hygiene organized by Sukarya. I came to know about the process of the menstruation, importance of using sanitary pads, having regular bath, keeping myself clean and take nutritious diets including Iron and Vitamin C”. Since then Kamini has regained her confidence in moving on her life, being happy and free from any stress.

                                                                   Quarterly Report
                                                      November 2018 – January 2019

During reporting period, total 350 adolescent girls were benefitted across both the verticals – Slum Community and Government Schools - educating 50 adolescent girls in each location. The customized program has concluded in Government schools as well as in community, with the last training, specifically focused on self defense techniques and combating emergency situations. Over the quarter, 22 training sessions were conducted with adolescent girls across Delhi & Gurugram.

 Topics covered under Adolescent Reproductive & Sexual Health (ARSH)

  1. Adolescent Health.
  2. Menstrual Hygiene.
  3. Reproductive Health.

 Topics covered under Family Life Education (FLE)

  1. Family life [Role, stages of life, relationship].
  2. Life and Social threats, Issues/Challenges, Coping mechanism, Police and other help line numbers, emergency numbers. 
  3. Self-defense tools, tips and key skills to handle emergency situations.


Suhana – A success Story

Suhana, 12, with her family migrated to Gurugram with her parents and sister. Her father was a construction worker and mother, a domestic help. Suhana, a drop out from 3rd grade, had already started taking care of her siblings while doing household works. Life has been full of difficulties and challenges and it never got any better for Suhana while growing up in the slums until she was signed up by Sukarya team for its ARSH program.

While being a regular participant of adolescent reproductive health program Suhana helped other fellow girls from the slum to join the program. During a session on “Life & social threats” she shared a story of her own family. Her uncle and aunt married a few years back when they were teens. After the marriage, her uncle used to abuse her aunt both physically and mentally. She always thought how to protect her aunt and there was no way for her. After seeing her aunt in such a miserable condition and things happening around her, Suhana decided not to get married in her life.

But after attending the session on life and social threats, she got to know about the right age of marriage. She learned that after completion of 18 years of age a girl is physically and mentally able to cope-up with such situations. Also, she got to know about the emergency help line numbers where help is available on such urgencies.


Success Story of a Habiba

Habiba, 12, lives in Sector 57 slum in Gurgaon. Being an elder sister of 2, she takes care of her siblings when her parents are away at work. Moreover, Habiba manages the household works and supports her mother in cleaning, cooking and washing clothes too. In spite of the work load at this tender age, Habiba always manages to attend the classes without a miss.

Initially, she was very shy and hesitant to share her story and what was happening around her in the slum. But Habiba was paying attention when the session talks about all the menace prevailing in the society and how one should be attentive to protect herself. The regular interaction in Adolescent Reproductive Sexual Health (ARSH has made her confident to speak about various issues she has learnt and could be brave enough to tell the difference between a good touch and a bad touch. Habiba says “I know when someone attempts to molest a girl then I have to scream and run, share such incident with parents and dial 1098 childline number to get assistance”.  She further adds, “I feel so happy that I am getting such knowledge which I can pass on to my friends and sisters”.


Empowering & Protecting Slum Girls through Adolescent Reproductive & Sexual Health (ARSH) and Family Life Education [FLE]

Progress Report - 10th May 2018 to 10th August 2018

During the reporting period total 14 sessions were organized with adolescent girls across Delhi and Gurgaon slums reaching out to 510 participants. Among them, 10 sessions covered on adolescent reproductive and sexual health issues, 3 sessions focused on family life education and one introductory session was conducted with a new batch in sector 53, Gurgaon.

The topics covered on Adolescent Health:  

  • What is Health, Adolescent stage and Adolescent Health?
  • Stages of adolescence & changes during adolescence
  • Puberty & menstrual hygiene
  • Good touch and bad touch

The topics covered on Family Life Education:

  • Family importance and types of family
  • Pre marriage & post marriage, Family as a support system
  • Family life cycle, stages and importance
  • This quarter the above topics were covered with a total number of 510 adolescents.
Group presentation
Group presentation



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Location: Gurgaon, Haryana - India
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Twitter: @sukaryango
Project Leader:
Shipra Shukla
Gurgaon, India

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