Rupanti Munda: Captaining change
Rupanti, born in Dhoti Village in Latehar District of Jharkhand, having lost her father, faced a further crisis when her brother was killed in Naxalite violence. Rupanti began working at the farm to make ends meet. Rupanti’s story changed when she came in touch with Aahan. During one of her visits, Dr Rashmi Tiwari found Rupanti working on the farm and learnt about her desire to play football. Seeing her talent and interest in sports. Aahan helped her get football training.
Artee Munda: Changing minds with art
Artee comes from a village where child marriage is an accepted social norm. As part of our ongoing research and interactions with the tribal girls, the Aahan team met Artee K Munda and learnt about her challenges in continuing her education and following her passion for Arts.
Aahan supported Artee through our Fellowship program ‘Urja’ in which, besides special training on Madhubani painting, she learnt skills such as leadership and digital literacy. Through this program, she received training from national level Madhubani artists.
Puja Munda : Learning to lead
When she was in class III, her parents sent Puja to Ranchi to work as domestic help. After three years of misery, she refused to work as domestic help. Puja and her youngest sister were sent to stay in a different village at a relative’s place.
She was identified as a child trafficking victim by an Aahan Program Coordinator. Her transformation was challenging. It began with the coordinators having discussions with her parents to convince them to stop sending her to work as domestic help.
Asha Kumari: From being empowered to empowering
Daughter of a daily wage labourer, Asha worked as a farm labourer in their village to support her six-member family. Her parents were alcoholics; hence none of the siblings could study beyond Class 10th.
Asha came into contact with Aahan girls, who were distributing sanitary napkins and sanitisers as part of Aahan’s Covid Relief Program. She was keen on joining in the activities conducted at the Aahan Centre. The team worked on convincing her parents to let her participate.
Anju Kumari: Healing through art
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.
Reena Hora: Making the right moves
Reena, the daughter of a farmer and an alcohol seller, grew up seeing alcoholism and domestic violence at home.
At five years, she was sent to stay with her grandparents. Desiring to study, she applied to Kasturba Gandhi Vidyalaya, a residential school for tribal girls in Jharkhand. At school, she was exposed to chess, which she started playing with stones. When she was in class 8th, she learned about Aahan’s Udaan Fellowship program and applied for it. She was the youngest Udaan Fellow at Aahan.