Power of play
Pooja Singh has been our beneficiary since December 2012. Timid, yet hardworking, she became a Peer leader in her sessions, and eventually she got appointed as a Community Coordinator. Seeing her excellent performance as a sessions facilitator, and after a series of intense interviews, she has been recruited as a full time employee.
While leading a volleyball session with his peers, someone complained to Abhay how he never got to touch the ball even once during the entire game, to which Abhay replied how the ball is not expected to come to someone, instead, the person is to make the best use of possible opportunities within the game. Then he said how complaining is one thing but one should at least know how to talk to their peers. This happens to be the same boy, who, up till last year had left no chance to taunt a weaker player, complaining how he was missing his chance to play because 'others' were not good enough. Our team had spent a good amount of time trying to channelize his potential into peer leadership Seeing him take his learning ahead at his new school brought tears of pride to our eyes!
Arif is our beneficiary from one of the shelter homes we visit. At the end of an activity based on sharing thoughts about one another, he said, "Everyone in the group here mentioned good things about me that I am responsible, speak well, and also things that I need to improve like controlling my anger, and playing with everyone regularly which I will keep in mind going forward. It feels really good to know that there are people who know and care about me. I don't feel alone anymore."
For a teenage am-a-badass kind of kid like Abhishek Valmiki, to breakdown before someone must have required a lot of guts and for us, it only showed how much we are trusted and how secure our children feel with us to let us see their most vulnerable side.
Social media awareness
Her #menstruationmatters Story- She was really impressed by the "breaking the silence" campaign we were running and wanted to get clicked with this placard, but wasn't sure how "people" would perceive this move of hers. So she left our stall but was back in 20 mins, saying "I have a daughter and I know this will be important for her too" but I am so unsure, after all you are posting this on FB. As always, we left it completely up to her to decide whether she wanted to get clicked... So she left the stall again but was back in 30 mins time saying "Excuse me, do you think I can still pose for you guys? I think what you are doing is important and I'll see what I have to do with what people have to say about this..."
She was the ONLY mother to visit our stall, who made sure her daughter listened to what we had to say about the reusable options available for flow management and let her CHOOSE whether she wanted to make the switch. More power to such mothers for whom #periodtalks are important.
...sometimes motivation comes just when you need it and from the most unexpected of corners... here atProjectKHEL we struggle to stick to our ideals, to challenge the norms set by the big NGOs, to ensure we deal with the most difficult of children using only our smiles and our whistles... and we put in a whole lot of effort in taking sorting, editing and posting photos for our followers. Our social media policy stems from the belief that our supporters on Facebook (and now Instagram) should see actual work we do, see actual sessions in progress, hear about stories of change, feel connected to the cause and not just be bombarded with requests for donations or generic posts and shared links. We have tons of "sad" photos in our folders and even sadder stories to tell ... but have never posted a single sad photos in 3 years ... today we have finally been rewarded for sticking to our "happy faces" fundas and are more determined than ever to continue spreading joy.. among our children through our supporters and among our supporters through our children's smiles.