Anju Kumari: Healing through art

Anju Kumari, 12 years

Aahan Anju Kumari

Anju, with alcoholic parents, lived in harsh circumstances with domestic violence a daily affair at home. Anju’s mother earned through selling homemade alcohol and vegetable. Her father did not work. Needing to improve their financial situation, Anju had to work as a daily wage labourer in other people’s farms, while her sister had to discontinue her studies after Class 5 and started working as a daily wage labourer in a nearby city. Anju also has to take care of household chores.

Anju was identified as a girl facing GBV by Aahan fellows during a door to door survey of girls out of school. Initially reluctant to participate in any conversation with them, she was convinced gradually by the team of the benefits of participating in Aahan activities.

Impact

She began being a part of a peer group network where she interacted with the girls of her age and class. Her interest in art led her to participate in art activities at the centre and later extended to other activities at the centre. Interactive sessions for trauma healing through arts and dance create a safe space to talk and express her feelings.

Anju is training in Madhubani and Sohrai Art with in-house artist Artee Munda. Besides this, she attends programs for foundational level learning, digital literacy and life skills.

Anju wants to depict tribal life and culture through her paintings. Her paintings have been appreciated.