While working with economically backward strata of children in the Abhyasika (Studycenter) project for the last few years, we observed that apart from the lack of a conducive atmosphere for studies, these children face myriad problems which affect their balanced growth and development. Abject poverty, illiteracy, abusive parents, issues of drunkenness, fragile family system, bad company, and many such issues affect their mindset negatively. It becomes a great barrier for their physical, intellectual, and emotional development. As girls are concerned, in their transitory phase from childhood to adolescence, several changes take place in their physique and mind. We, therefore, felt the urgent need to interact with them on a regular basis on matters that affect their lives.
Kishori Vikas project – thus, was conceived to serve KISHORI’S – Adolescent Girls aged between 12 to 18 years – from such localities, mainly urban slums and villages where Abhysika’s (Study centers) are run.
40 sessions are conducted elaborating topics and activities in the areas such as -Food, health, sex -education, and personality development to help the adolescent females with confidence and provide them better opportunities and a stable stage of expression. Recognizing the importance of nutritional support, the Kishori Viikas project goes a step further by providing nutritious foods and supplements to selected centers. This additional initiative underscores the holistic approach taken by the project, addressing not only educational and developmental needs but also ensuring the overall well-being of adolescent girls.
Kishori Viikas project in Pune has 54 Kishori centers with around 1700 Beneficiaries (adolescent girls), while Mumbai has 38 Kishori centers with approximately 797 beneficiaries (adolescent girls).