RESILIENT AND EQUITABLE COMMUNITIES
Adolescent girls and boys are the most vulnerable section in a community, in terms of access to information, opportunity and resources – more so in under-resourced and marginalized communities. They are bound by patriarchal attitudes, beliefs and expectations and therefore are the last in the priority of empowerment. As a result of this, they face emotional, physical, sexual and financial neglect and discrimination, which often leads to abuse. What started in 2007 as a small school on the banks of the Yamuna run by Swechha volunteers, engaging with children from nearby urban slums, in 2009 translated into the ME to WE – Pagdandi school for learning, run by our team and volunteers, with children and youth from Jagdamba Camp, a slum community in Sheikh Sarai of South Delhi.