Cohort: Aug 2018, India Age: 18 Location: Indore, Madhya Pradesh Domain: Civic Participation
Engaging with government agents to bring education and basic services to children of ragpickers.
Several children in the slum areas in MP are exposed to the harmful influences of gutkha (tobacco) and afeem (opium). Moreover, several children are not attending school and lack awareness around personal hygiene. Additionally, young girls in the addressed regions are often mistreated.
The team works with parents to convince them to allow their children to attend school, and emphasise the importance of learning over earning at their age. They conduct Sunday classes to teach children about personal hygiene and other ‘good habits’. Summer classes are also given to teach children about good values, the harmful effects of drugs and important things such as differentiating between good touch and bad touch.
Nanhi Udaan is a team of 10 members that has collected funding to educate children. So far, they have interacted with 200 children, around 100 of whom are now regularly attending school.
Madhavi is in her first year at the Prestige Institute of Law and is a national level swimmer. She has also received a bronze medal from the International Award for Young People in the past.