At Kranti, we are gaining the skills and confidence to become leaders of social change. Even as teenagers, many of us are already making waves!
19-year-old Shweta Katti studies psychology in NYC. She is the first girl from an Indian red-light area ever to study abroad, and she plans to start a mental health center in our red-light area. Her story was covered by CNN, she was named one of Newsweek‘s “25 Under 25 Young Women to Watch,” and she received a Youth Courage Award from the United Nations.
19-year-old Kavita Hosmani received a scholarship to attend Semester at Sea, a 5-month university program on a ship sailing 12 countries. In addition to being the first student from an NGO to attend Semester at Sea, Kavita received nationwide coverage for fighting the Indian bureaucracy in order to get her passport.
19-year-old Sheetal Jain, who has studied only two years in school, has spoken to more than 10,000 people about sex workers’ rights and has traveled India delivering motivational speeches. She wants to use music as a tool for driving social change in Kamathipura; after studying drumming in the U.S. for a year, she is now learning how to use drum circle facilitation as therapy.
15-year-old Saira Sheikh is illiterate, but is one of India’s most recognized voices speaking against child sexual abuse at schools, protests and film festivals – she wants to become a sex workers’ rights activist.
17-year-old Pinky Sheikh attended a six-week performing arts camp in the United States from July to August 2013, and wants to become an animal therapist. Her story was featured on BBC Hindi and Mumbai’s Mid-Day.
13-year-old Rani Patil was invited to speak at TEDxGITAM University, where she shared her story about practicing Bollywood dance in brothels after her mother’s customers went to sleep. Rani dreams of being an actress, and in June 2014 she attended a six-week music and theater camp.
Together, we wrote and directed a play about our lives. We have performed this play in over 50 venues in India, for over 1,000 people. Everywhere we go, people tell us that we’ve changed their minds about girls like us, about our mothers, and about our community. Seeing how big an impact we had on our home, we decided to take our play around the world! Our US performances were well-received and were written about in the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and more. We performed in six different cities, and for every kind of audience: trafficked teenagers, Broadway stars, teens in the juvenile system, suburban families, crowds at the famous Field Museum of Chicago – we even performed at Google and Facebook!
Finally, our co-founder and lead teacher, Robin Chaurasiya, recently got nominated for the Global Teacher Prize! You can learn more about her and her work here:
“Co-founder of Kamathipura school nominated for $ 1m prize”, The Hindu
“Innovating Education in Mumbai, Bangalore, and Delhi: Four 2016 Finalists”, Global Teacher Prize
“Eight Great Teacher Entrepreneurs Who Started Their Own Schools”, Global Teacher Prize
“India does not hide from its reality”, Rediff News
Yes, we’re pretty awesome. If you want to learn even more about us, please visit:
“What makes this girl from Mumbai’s red light district so different?”, Rediff
“10 girls told to vacate Mumbai flat as they are daughters of sex workers”, Indian Express
“SOS from Mumbai’s red-light area”, Deccan Chronicle
“Girls Uninterrupted”, DNA Newspaper
“Kranti Mumbai: Empowering Girls From the Red Light District”, Fair Observer Magazine
“Freedom from circumstance | The Kranti girls”, Wall Street Journal
“My mother and Kranti, the NGO, are my inspirations: Shweta Katti”, IBN TV Channel
“Passport hitch in Mumbai teenager’s US dream”, Hindustan Times
“Escaping Mumbai’s red light district: Shweta’s inspiring story”, FirstPost Newspaper
“Revolutionising India’s trafficked girls”, Al Jazeera TV
“Kranti’s Free Bird: Story of Danish Shaikh”, Red Polka
“Kranti – The organization behind Shweta Katti becoming the first girl from an Indian red-light area to study abroad”, Your Story
“#JoshTalks: from sex worker’s daughter to pro drummer, the incredible story of Sheetal Jain”, Catch News
“25 Women Under 25 Everyone Should Look Up To”, BuzzFeed
“16 Young Indians You Should Watch Out For In 2016”, BuzzFeed
“The Viral Story Of How A 20-Year-Old Indian From A Red Light Area Became A Sex Educator”, BuzzFeed
“KGAF: A closer look at lives of sex workers’ kids”, Hindustan Times
Or, watch us online! Here are some public appearances recorded on YouTube:
“Epitome of Courage- Sheetal Jain – Inspirational stories – iMumbai”, Ditto TV
“My mother was sold when she was 9 years old- Sumaiya Sheikh”, ExpressO Talks
“One Minute HERO: Red Light Revolutionary”, The Logical Indian