Focus: Education, Sports, Children and Youth
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EVERY second child in India is sexually abused according to a World Health Organisation report – with 60 per cent of predators being known individuals. Ab Bas!, which literally means ‘now, enough’ was launched to raise awareness of the topic – one that affects children of all age groups, genders and social backgrounds. Workshops for children – free for children from lower income backgrounds – include subjects like good, bad, and accidental touch and many involve parents and teachers.
AIMED primarily at adolescent girls but also includes boys, this initiative counters taboos and myths surrounding menstruation, with 70% of mothers believing menstrual blood is dirty and impure. Through activity-based workshops on understanding menstruation as a clean and natural biological process, young women are encouraged to break the awkward silence on the subject and participate in discussions on problems they face and self-worth issues.
THIS is Project KHEL’s flagship programme and the core of what they do. Designed to impart life skills education through sports to disadvantaged youth aged 9-18 years, sessions are conducted by trained volunteers on a bi-weekly basis at various locations around Lucknow. Engaging with adolescents through play – particularly those at risk of becoming delinquents – sees a marked rise in school attendance and academic scores, and a decrease in drop-out rates.
The very fact that you make girls and boys play together and are so normal about this interaction has had a huge impact. I have never seen my adolescent female students so comfortable with their bodies.
My experience with Project KHEL has been exceptional. Despite having busy schedules the members and volunteers never fail to turn up. Their sense of dedication comes from their fundamental belief of mutual respect for one another.
I came across Project KHEL while searching for a place where I could play and help underprivileged children. But as I started getting more and more involved, I realised the tremendous impact sports or any joyful activity had on children’s lives.
- Akshai Abraham Founder-Director
- Angana Prasad Executive Director
- Abhilasha Sachan Project Coordinator
- Arnab Ozah Programme Coordinator
- Vikram Namdeo Facilitator