The urban slums of India have a deep rooted system of oppression and violence against girls. Girls are deprived of access to education, healthcare, and equitable economic opportunities. Protsahan Girl Champions Program aims at care, rehabilitation, healing and reintegration of marginalised & disadvantaged girls facing SGBV, and opens up a world full of magical inclusive possibilities for them.
Protsahan works deeply embedded within the 86+ urban slum communities for more than 13 years now, working closely with the communities to identify children at high risk of abuse and violence. Based on a vulnerability assessment, girls are either enrolled at Protsahan’s closest grassroots centre, or linked to relevant government social security schemes immediately.
We start with the non-negotiable - education. Every girl is first enrolled in a school where she gets access to a mid-day meal, books, stationery, uniform, shoes, scholarships etc. The most marginalised and disadvantaged girls at high risk of facing SGBV are provided care, rehabilitation, healing and reintegration through programs that address gaps in learning and pedagogy from early childhood education through high school specifically designed for first generation learners through arts and technology based interventions that result in higher economic inclusion through financial and digital literacy.
Protsahan started with 19 girls at one centre in the urban slums of New Delhi in 2010. Today, Protsahan:
- Has 5 centers reaching 86+ urban slum communities
- Reaches 90,000 girls directly each year
- Reaches 625,000 girls indirectly each year
- Rescued & reintegrated 1800 girls from various points of abuse and violence
- Employability enhancing 21st century financial & digital skills to more than 2000 girls between 2020-2022
- Unlocked more than INR 720,000,000 (€ 8,000,000) worth of social security benefits or economic opportunities for more than 125,000 families in urban slums between 2020-2022
- Trained 1850 police officers; 1720 judges, lawyers & media personnel; 8900 government & non-government institutional child protection officials; 44800 doctors, counsellors, parents & caregivers
The program has been divided into easily adaptable modules on digital and financial literacy, language skills (English in South Asian context), career skills and guidance, civic participation and leadership, and essential life skills. Each module follows Protsahan’s HEART Model of working with adolescents between the ages of 6-19 years.
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