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Theatre For Social Change;Project Kancha for#Rightochildhood in Sanand

Project Kancha would like to thank all our supporters for contributing the last time for our project in Sanjay Basti,Delhi.This time, we are working in the narrow lanes of a caste dominated small village of Ahmedabad,(with the Gandhi Fellows) where child marriage goes unquestioned. Our team has 30 children from underprivileged families,and one of them was married in class 6, at the age of 11.

Viz a viz our collaboration,we wish to use Theatre as a tool for social change, to help children of the community question age old traditions, and empower them with the access of expression, for condemning these practices and create a street play for awareness among communities in Sanand distrcit, Ahmedabad. 

#girlsnotbrides #padhnedo #againstchildmarriage #theatreforacause
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11th October 2019
Thank You for your contributions, everyone. We are grateful to every single donor who took out their time, effort and more importantly shared their monetary resources with us for our Project.

Me(Vidushi) and my team (Lokesh-Program Associate and Theatre Expert and  Ujjwal-Videographer and Filmmaker) arrived in Ahmedabad on October 9th from Delhi, and we started our work the same day. We visited the village, and met with the children after a month when i came here for a research trip. The children were really excited to see us. We began workshops and had a very fruitful day. The next day, on October 10, we again scheduled a 4 hour workshop with the children,where we tapped on their overflowing potentials of music,rhythm, beat sense and composed a call out song in their language. Followed by that was a visit to the neighboring village, where we spent time with a woman named Vilaas, age:27, who refused to marry at 13. We recorded her personal journey of having refused to marry and continue to study, and it was heart wrenching and yet inspiring in so many ways. Our stake holder from Sanand, Ms. Akanchha Sharma who is currently enrolled in her Gandhi Fellowship, conducted this interview weaving the questions around child marriage and how education could be liberating. We then met her family, and saw how she takes a stand for every girl in her house to study higher, not settle to marry and bear a child by the age of 18! 90% girls in the village Soila have been reported to conceive a child before the age of 17!!

The third day, i.e today,we had an early morning workshop with the children, where we used techniques of Theatre of the Oppressed, gender in theatre and subverting gender roles through drama. We then explained to the children how and why we do a street play, what is its importance and how to call for the audience to watch their play. Following this session, we met with a girl named Pooja(name changed) , age 16, class 11- and she is the only girl int he entire village to have reached class 11 and recorded her experiences of having defied the norm. She says, there were approximately 29 other girls with her till class 8- of which 21 of them got married by class 10 and all of them have had 2 babies till now ! She says " Mujhe toh padhna hai, aur gaaon walo ko bolna hai ki apni soch badlo, th samajh mein aayega duniya kitni badi aur sundar hai" (translated from Gujrati to Hindi)

The same children who would shy away at the thought of standing next to a girl or a boy, today, within a span of 3 days, take responsibility of shuffling the group and having a mixed group always. They don't  let the session begin unless it's a mixed group. They have become more sensitive as a group, they have gained a clearer grasp of team building and the meaning of a team.

We plan to start working on the street play from tomorrow itself. We are also reaching out to multiple media platforms for highlighting our work and spreading awareness. 
Thank You for your contributions, everyone. We are grateful to every single donor who took out their time, effort and more importantly shared their monetary resources with us for our Project.

Me(Vidushi) and my team (Lokesh-Program Associate and Theatre Expert and  Ujjwal-Videographer and Filmmaker) arrived in Ahmedabad on October 9th from Delhi, and we started our work the same day. We visited the village, and met with the children after a month when i came here for a research trip. The children were really excited to see us. We began workshops and had a very fruitful day. The next day, on October 10, we again scheduled a 4 hour workshop with the children,where we tapped on their overflowing potentials of music,rhythm, beat sense and composed a call out song in their language. Followed by that was a visit to the neighboring village, where we spent time with a woman named Vilaas, age:27, who refused to marry at 13. We recorded her personal journey of having refused to marry and continue to study, and it was heart wrenching and yet inspiring in so many ways. Our stake holder from Sanand, Ms. Akanchha Sharma who is currently enrolled in her Gandhi Fellowship, conducted this interview weaving the questions around child marriage and how education could be liberating. We then met her family, and saw how she takes a stand for every girl in her house to study higher, not settle to marry and bear a child by the age of 18! 90% girls in the village Soila have been reported to conceive a child before the age of 17!!

The third day, i.e today,we had an early morning workshop with the children, where we used techniques of Theatre of the Oppressed, gender in theatre and subverting gender roles through drama. We then explained to the children how and why we do a street play, what is its importance and how to call for the audience to watch their play. Following this session, we met with a girl named Pooja(name changed) , age 16, class 11- and she is the only girl int he entire village to have reached class 11 and recorded her experiences of having defied the norm. She says, there were approximately 29 other girls with her till class 8- of which 21 of them got married by class 10 and all of them have had 2 babies till now ! She says " Mujhe toh padhna hai, aur gaaon walo ko bolna hai ki apni soch badlo, th samajh mein aayega duniya kitni badi aur sundar hai" (translated from Gujrati to Hindi)

The same children who would shy away at the thought of standing next to a girl or a boy, today, within a span of 3 days, take responsibility of shuffling the group and having a mixed group always. They don't  let the session begin unless it's a mixed group. They have become more sensitive as a group, they have gained a clearer grasp of team building and the meaning of a team.

We plan to start working on the street play from tomorrow itself. We are also reaching out to multiple media platforms for highlighting our work and spreading awareness. 
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Rs.41,100 raised

Goal: Rs.40,000

Beneficiary: Vidushi Chhabra info_outline

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Lakshmi
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All the very best to you and your team!

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Best wishes Akanksha!!