JYOTI SINGH, AGRA
CATEGORY: SOCIAL SERVICE
Since my school days, I was concerned about girls’ education and empowerment. As girls from marginalised communities in large numbers are deprived of education, they are victims of poverty and gender discrimination. Plights of such girls motivated me to firmly stand for their right to education vis-à-vis boys. During my graduation, I started volunteering for an NGO ‘Indian Dreams Foundation’ and initiated girls’ education, health and hygiene awareness drives in two urban slums of Agra.
I spent my graduation years working at grass-root with 500 adolescent girls. The experience was enriching that it motivated me to choose social work as my career. I completed my Masters in social work and in 2007 I joined the ‘Indian Dreams Foundation’. With its support, I am running many projects for girls’ education, health and empowerment. In 2011, I conceptualised and successfully launched girls’ education, sponsoring and mentoring project ‘Honhar Ladki’ for the girls who belong to slums and other weaker sections of the society. The project aims to provide girls access to education opportunities through formal schooling system. Till now, 500 girls have been enrolled. I also conceptualised and initiated a project ‘Smiley Days’ to focus on menstrual health and hygiene of girls and women. Under this project, the team organises timely awareness workshops in schools and in slums to motivate girls to follow healthy menstrual practices. There are institutions which trusted our cause and motivated us with awards and recognition. I was awarded ‘Bharat Excellence Award 2012’ for the young social worker and ‘Spirit of Humanity Regional Winner Award’ by Amricare Foundation.