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Shanti

From a student to a youth leader to a saviour

A 12-year-old innocent girl who was completely clueless what was going on with her and why people would look at her strangely. The girl was safeguarded by 19-year-old Shanti. Although Shanti herself does not even know the actual meaning of rape, she fully empathized with the plight of the rape victim and helped her when she was going through a tough time.

Shanti is living in the urban village Suggmau – which is also the survivor’s village. Chhote Lal, Shanti’s father, is a SMC member of Primary School. Being the youngest child among 7 siblings Shanti gains full support from her family to study and progress in life. However, in this episode, her family were afraid of being trapped in the case first, but later they backed her and helped the girl out.

Shanti currently studies in class 11th in Rajkeeya Balika Inter College, Indira Nagar but she is more determined and courageous than other girls. Shanti wants to raise her voice against all those things people think twice before doing. Shanti engaged with Yeh Ek Soch Foundation in 2016 and has been working with it from then on. She is a youth leader from her community area for Know Your Body Know Rights programme and makes other girls and women aware of their rights related to their body, dignity and health.

When Shanti learned from her friends that a girl from their very own village was raped and got pregnant, she decided to meet the girl first. After meeting the girl and understanding the case completely, she called Madhulika and Hiba from Yeh Ek Soch Foundation and told each and everything about the girl over phone. After fact-checking the case and knowing the mental status of the survivor, the organization managed to do a counselling of the girl’s mother. On 30th December at 3:00AM last year, when the girl was having labour pain, Shanti herself called ambulance for her by going against the entire community and displaying her immense courage. She not only called the ambulance but also coordinated and facilitated the whole process to ensure the girl urgent medical help. The girl was admitted to RML Hospital next morning on 31st December after a lot hard work where she delivered a baby. The girl would have been dead if Shanti did not take matters in her own hands.

Shanti wants to become a social worker after completing her education so that she can sensitize people towards women’s respect and safety. She believes that every individual should behave responsibly towards the well-being of humankind and think of one’s mental and psychological status before speaking ill of or maligning someone.

Girls like Shanti show the reality of the society where people do not even distinguish between the victim and the perpetrator. She proves herself by doing such small but impactful work that the culprit should be punished and boycotted from the society, not the victim.

Yeh Ek Soch foundation salutes such work of young people and encourages them to do good work in life.

Ritwik Das

“THESE YEARS IN REFLECTION MADE ME STRONGER AND REMINDED ME THAT ACCEPTANCE HAS TO COME FROM WITHIN”

My name is Ritwik. I have been working with YES Foundation for last two years.
My experience with YES till now is very fruitful. Before the changes I made in the outer world, I would like to mention the changes which took place in me, YES Foundation gives every individual space and opportunities to polish their qualities and skills, like my skills of speaking and communication were developed and improved while working with YES. Moreover, I started questioning and exploring rather than following and believing blindly or illogically.
As I had always been very confused of my sexuality, YES helped me explore myself and my identity and accept myself as I am. I accepted my sexuality and came out with my gender identity. I even started accepting others as who are they.
Above these I became very clear with my ideology which helped me in making independent decisions. And all these brought positive impact on my personality.
My special thanks to Shariq sir, who always patiently heard me and guided me for the best.
Thanks sir and thanks to YES team for all my achievements.

HIBA

“THE ONLY GOAL OF MY LIFE IS TO WORK FOR THE UNDERPRIVILEGED COMMUNITIES”

Coming from a very well-off family, Hiba, a 20-year old BSW student, was completely unfamiliar with the rural settings. She came in contact with Yeh Ek Soch Foundation in the year 2016 to join the programme ‘Know Your Body Know Your Rights’. In the beginning, it was very difficult for her to come out of her comfort zone and visit rural areas and communities frequently but with the passage of time she became aware of rural life and its problems. Hiba not only worked on their health issues but also worked on the issues of early child marriage and child trafficking in Suggamau. She has emerged as an inspiring youth leader and led a group of 60 adolescent girls and built leadership skills in them. She just not limited her profound work to the community only but extended it to colleges like Avadh Girl’s Degree College where she facilitated in the workshop to 100 B.A. students who were in fact compeers to her.
She now believes the youth have tremendous potential to change the world if they are guided and directed to the right paths in their very early ages.

GOLDY

“EVERY CHILD IS ENTITLED TO LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST, BUT SOMETIMES DUE TO IGNORANCE SOME CHILDREN ARE AWAY FROM THIS HAPPINESS”

Goldy, 16-year-old, was married off at a very tender age of 14 years when other children play with dolls and toys. She found herself confined to the four walls of the house. One day she became very uncomfortable during the workshop, learning My Life Mere Faisale programme is based on early child marriage. Other participants started teasing her for being a child-bride. To her embarrassment, she discontinued to participate in the session but the facilitator somehow managed to engage her with the programme all over again. Gradually, Goldy started actively taking part in each activity.
In a session on ‘Dreams and Aspirations’ each and every participant had something to share except Goldy. This is the time when she realized she had a right to dream too but she had given up on her all dreams long back. Upon insisting, she recalled her childhood memories when she would love to enact the role of a teacher while playing games and teach other kids of her age. It is proven to be a turning point in her life in . To make her dream come true, she convinced her family to let her resume her education. Now, she has a dream to fulfill and a goal of life to achieve.
“I feel My Life Mere Faisale was made for me. It introduced me to myself.”

Gaurav Tripathi

“BUILT MY SELF-CONFIDENCE GRADUALLY AND HENCE SUCCEEDING IN LIFE”

I met the founding members of the organization at an event held at Lucknow University for the first time and I was very influenced with their thoughts. Since then I have been connected with YES and them. At first, I was engaged in a programme which was based on the gender-based discrimination in the society. After this, I got the opportunity to volunteer in International Citizen Services (ICS) for 3 months under the guidance of YES Foundation. It was proven significant to me from learning’s point of view. What I learned from YES Foundation helped me a lot chisel my leadership, facilitation, communication skills and develop an understanding on issue-based contents. Fortunately, I got a chance to implement my skills on Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) programme run by UNICEF in collaboration with Panchayati Raj where I trained District Resource Group members from different districts of Uttar Pradesh.
My journey with YES Foundation is of around 2 years which plays a vital role in my overall development.

OUR EVERYDAY HEROES

Ashish & Yatharth

“As Comprehensive Sexuality Education is considered a social taboo in our society, we do not dare to ask questions associated to it to our parents freely or even discuss it with them, even though we are fully aware of it seriousness”

Rachita & Vartika

“Earlier I had no knowledge about the outside world, my life was limited from home to college. But now I am more aware of real world issues that people are facing in their lives”

Prabha & Purnima

“Had no comprehensive understanding on menstruation before. I just knew it is some biological process every woman goes through every month”

Sandhya & Kulsum

“Living in communities, we girls are not allowed to step out of our homes and supposed to stay at homes but YES empowered us in way to negotiate within the families.”