Towards Leadership3. Getting Uncomfortable
Now, the time to engage in an intensive transformational journey has arrived. Opportunities to engage with experiences that will continually make you push your boundaries like Rural Exposure, camps, Internships and deep engaging workshops to realize self, relationships and the world.
My Life Mere Faisle
Anhad is running MLMF program at Indore in partnership with Pravah and support from AJWS funding. Each year, Anhad engages with adolescents in the journey to enables them to take decisions regarding their lives and bodies. These participants go through a 60-hour curriculum that enables them to talk about sensitive issues including gender notions and conflicts. The core idea of the curriculum is around ‘Decision making and Taking charge of one’s life’. The curriculum focuses on building knowledge on the issue, change in attitude and behaviors and cultivating capacities of empathy, negotiation, communication, decision making, conflict resolution and system thinking.
Out of 120 adolescents engaged last year, 98 were girls. The intervention has helped participants deeply understand the issues of gender, menstruation, body image and other changes with respect to their own experience. 12 Peer Leaders identified in this process have also done action projects influencing their families and communities to spread awareness on early & Child Marriage.
Example of a participant’s experience
ज़ीनत अमाना, उर्दू गर्ल्स हायर सेकेंडरी स्कूल की कक्षा 12 वीं की छात्रा है।
ज़ीनत कहती हैं - मुझे सभी जगह पहले अपनी बात रखने में बहुत परेशानी होती थी, लेकिन जब मैंने MLMF प्रोग्राम के सत्रों में भाग लिया और यहाँ जाना की अपनी बात रखना कितना ज़रुरी होता है। क्युँकि एक छोटे से निर्णय से भी मेरी ज़िंदगी पर बहुत असर हो सकता है। फिर इसी दौरान मैंने जेंडर और सेक्स के बारे में जाना, कि किस तरह जेंडर हमारे समाज द्वारा बनाई गई धारणा है और सेक्स प्रकृति द्वारा हमें मिला है, जब मैंने यहाँ पहली बार सुना तो मुझे विश्वास नहीं हो रहा था, कि किस तरह जेंडर के आधार पर चीज़े अलग - अलग विभाजित है। मेरी सबसे ज़्यादा समझ तब बनी जब दीदी ने महिला और पुरुष के कामों के बारे में बात की, अंत में देखा की सारे काम दोनों सेक्स के लोग कर सकते हैं। मैंने जब यह सब अपने रोज़ की जिंदगी में महसूस किया तब मुझे सबकुछ समझ आ गया। मैंने पूरी यात्रा में बहुत कुछ सीखा, लेकिन जेंडर और सेक्स की समझ मेरे लिए काफी महत्वपूर्ण रही।
Get real workshop
Get Real is an intensive two-day self-awareness workshop to discover and hold some real conversation with ourselves. Explore who ‘I’ am, what are my dreams, strengths, fears and potentials while discovering with the larger world.
“This workshop worked a lot for me, It helped me understand who I am and what my fears are, how I can cover them. It has given me a way to see life differently.” Rochil Chordia, Indore Public School Academy
Travel to a grassroots organization with other volunteers away from your city. Experience another lifestyle and culture while learning more about yourself and life and differentiate facts from fiction.
Some examples of our work with Youth: -
Commnunity exposure with Jan Sahas
Commnunity exposure with Jan Sahas was rather an intense experience wherein we explored the issue of caste by trying to understand how it affects people in other corners of the society that go seemingly unnoticed. Jan Sahas is an organization based in Dewas, that is committed to fight against caste based discrimination. We met with the people of Dalit Community and learnt their daily struggles for things that many of us take for granted. We also were able to interact with a group of tribal people who had been trapped into bonded labour-the knowledge of this was more that appalling.
Group Exposure at Muskan
Group Exposure at Muskan, Bhopal was about learning the life and stories of children and youngsters living in Slums. Muskaan is working with Youth and children of slum of Bhopal. During the exposure Anhad volunteers did many activities. They visited Balwadi centre in Sargam Basti, repaired it and painted it.
Another exposure was held in partnership with Pravah, Delhi and Synergy Sanstahn, Harda. 32 volunteers from Delhi and Indore joined this camp for 4 days.
“Being an introvert I never expected that I would make so many great friends and touch the inner lives of some of those.” Shilpa Sharma, Volunteer
“I have seen these realities in my life but never realised the magnitude of the issue. I sincerely want to change the way I looked at discrimination. We all have a role as well as responsibility.” Pallavi SGITS
Exposures With Schools
Anhad Pravah partnered with Deenbandhu Samaj Sahyog for a workshop with Daly College Students- leadership with community exposure! This 4 day workshop was filled with sessions, energizers, team building activities and a community exposure component. It gave them an opportunity to analyze the dynamics of working in a team and also and also to reflect and understand learning as a lifelong process.
Another 4 day workshop was done with 25 international students from Austraslia, China & Daly College India to help them analyze how self development is intrinsically connected with social and cultural reality. Activities were performed to help them understand the distribution and accessibility of resources. This workshop was done in partnership with Muskaan, a Bhopal based NGO, for community exposure visit.
SMILE In-Turn-ship, is a flagship programme of Pravah. An opportunity to Intern for a month with an organization in rural India. Join in their work and interact with communities. Since 2013 Anhad Pravah has been sending its volunteer every year to this internship. It facilitates the process of decision –making, based in stances and values that important to the volunteers themselves.
“Our SMILE was full of learning experiences it made us laugh, cry, converse, socialize,
think, feel proud, a changeloomer now and what not! This internship taught us how
to learn from our own life. This journey made us realize the importance of our existence…..
एक "सफर" हैं दुनिया से रूबरू होने उसे पहचानने का और इस सफर में अपने ही जैसे बिलकुल अनजाने नए राहगीरों से मिलने का और बुनने का अपनी खूबियों से भरे खूबसूरत इंसान को." – Nandini , Pallavi and Prashant
“It was simply a great experience. When I started the journey, I was bit nervous. But when internship started… I learned so many things. Working with kids and community was amazing experience. Thank you SMILE…” -Aarti Badole, School of Social sciences DAVV.
The word Reiki means ‘Chi’ or ‘universal life force energy’, which flows through all living beings. It is the universal healer, which works at the very fundamental level of reality. The wonder of Reiki also lies in its simplicity; a gentle ‘hands-on’ methodology that balances & aligns the energy-centres of the body. An orientation session of this healing technique and a holistic approach for personal development was done at Anhad office. The orientation generated greater curiosity in some volunteers and a first level workshop of two days was done by Manisha who is a Reiki master and also a co-founder of Anhad.