Fundraising to build a shelter home for 25 future leaders from Mumbai red-light area

What's the problem?

Imagine that you are an inspiration to millions of people. That you give TEDx talks all over the world. That you've performed theater in front of 100K+ people. That you've won awards from SiddhiVinayak - and from the United Nations. 

And can you imagine...that despite all of this, your city does not welcome you? That your neighbors are ashamed of you? That every year you move to a new flat, and every year you are kicked out?

Why? Because you are from a red-light area.

What's our solution?

Hi, we are the Krantikaris - we were born and raised in Kamathipura, Asia’s most infamous red-light area. We are survivors of trafficking. We are daughters of sex workers. We are young women, ages 13-19, with big plans and big dreams. 

But in the last four years, we've changed homes four times! Luckily, we just found a place where we can stay for three years. But's an old factory - no kitchen, no bathrooms, no beds. These funds will help us turn an old factory into a home fit for Krantikaris!

How can you help?

The last four years we have lived in some very strange and interesting places, but none of those spaces have been HOME. We want to build this space into the perfect Kranti home to meet all our needs - a classroom for yoga, theater and dance; quiet spaces for therapy or to cry alone; bathrooms with three sinks to get ready for school; and bunk beds where we can talk laaaaate into the night without the staff knowing! :)

Will you help us build Kranti's dream home??

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14th February 2016

Dear Supporters,

I am Ibrahim, a Milaap open Fellow, and I recently visited Robin (co-founder of Kranti) and the girls at their new home in Santa Cruz. The girls had somehow managed to turn that small place into a home fit for their needs. One of the residents, Shweta, shares with me that this was Kraanti’s fourth home in four years. They were forced to move out. Their last landlord did not even return their deposit. They had moved from Andheri to Akurli, then back to Andheri and finally landed in Santa Cruz. “We want our dream home to be in Bandra, so we’re kind of automatically moving closer to that dream slowly”, Shweta admits jokingly.

It had been six months since they had shifted here and I couldn’t help but admire what the girls had done with the place. It was frugal management at its best. Shweta says, “We coloured most of this place ourselves, including the graffiti and the world map”. It was a narrow two storey structure, wherein the ground and the first floor had the dorms and kitchen while the top floor was being used as a classroom and for their meetings. The dormitory on the ground floor was lined on one side with bookshelves. The classroom, which we were sitting in, had a board on one side that had a timetable of the classes that were held each morning and evening, between which some of the girls went to the regular schools. They had fascinating subjects like dance, music, TED Talks, news and current affairs, and thinking Thursday. “Thinking Thursday is a class wherein we encourage girls to think creatively about different topics”, says Shweta.

Enter Robin, the co-founder of Kranti. I ask her about how she feels with the constant changing of places. She admits it’s a challenge. “We have to lie and tell them that we’re working with orphans, and so when they get to know the fact, everyone in the society wants us to leave”, says Robin. They’re pressurised from the landlords. “Even in this place, we feel like people have problems with us when we hang out in the balcony in a group”, she reveals. I asked her about her vision for Kranti and the girls and she said, “At Kranti, we’re trying to help each of the girl find a path and their calling”. Someone here wants to become a dancer, Rani, a girl I met, wanted to become an actor, another girl Shraddha paints really well. All of them might not excel at academics, so we’re trying to find alternative career paths for them.

I bade goodbye to Robin and Shweta and the rest of them as I left their little abode of dreams. We, at Milaap, wish that one day all of these dreams get fulfilled and the next time they have to move, it will be only to a bigger and grander home in Bandra.

Ground floor dormitory

Hand drawn world map in the classroom

Robin, Bani, and the rest of the group

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raised of Rs.350,000 goal

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Beneficiary: Kranti info_outline

Supporters (72)

Anonymous donated US $300
over 1 year ago
Jasmine donated US $100
over 1 year ago
ANKIT donated Rs.3,500
over 1 year ago
Anonymous donated Rs.2,500
over 1 year ago

Good luck

Anonymous donated Rs.2,500
over 1 year ago

Good luck

malarvizhi donated Rs.5,000
over 1 year ago