Project Sukoon is a support programme run by Khula Aasman for women. Women under this programme are trained in various art and craft activities such as jewellery-making and furniture-making. Khula Aasman pays these women a stipend and trains them to conduct similar workshops on their own. In order to do our bit for Mother Earth, we try making products out of recycled and eco-friendly materials.
Project Inner Light – The Prison Project
Project Inner Light works with men and women in prisons in order to facilitate rehabilitation. The focus is on uplifting well-being even inside the prison walls through relaxation and arts-based techniques using music, drama, storytelling, drawing, painting, and clay work.
Project Hansi Khushi
Project Hansi Khushi focuses on elevating the mental health of at-risk adolescents and youth through expressive Arts Based Therapy interventions. The emphasis is on providing a safe, nonjudgmental, creative space for children to play, share, bond, and reflect. The goal is to channel troubling emotions and pent-up energy into a positive output.
Khula Aasman works with women in rescue-homes by facilitating brave spaces for them to process the negative effects of traumatic experiences they may have encountered. The goal is to empower these women at a physical, mental, and emotional level through Dance Movement Therapy, literacy classes, and arts-based activities so that they are able to rebuild their lives from a newer, fresher perspective.
We are currently associated with 3 institutions where we have conducted long-term interventions.
- Navjeevan Mahila Vastigruh‒ a home for women who have experienced human trafficking
- Government Special Home for Girls ‒ a home for rescued child sex workers between the ages of 12 and 18
- Kasturba Mahila Vastigruh – A Government Reception Center for women.
While the primary goal of this intervention is to promote positive mental health and wellbeing, it has also shed light on the felt needs of the individuals living in these contexts. Through our engagement with Navjeevan, we learnt that a majority of the women that we were working with listed the lack of access to education at a young age as one of the limiting factors that reduced livelihood options for them as adults. In response to this, Khula Aasman initiated a literacy enhancing programme in the Navjeevan Rescue Home for Women by starting a Book Library and a Literacy Class. This provides them the space for learning, re-learning, and updating the reading and writing skills. Most women desire to learn Hindi and English and therefore attend these classes with full interest. The Khula Aasman mentor gives attention to their individual requirements and encourages them to read story books. Khula Aasman is aiming to get women enrolled for the Secondary School Certificate exam through NIOS.
Creative Community Centre
Khula Aasman in collaboration with Doctors For You (DFY) works with children in open communities such as Lallubhai Compound to form a safe, creative space for play, intellectual stimulation, and enjoyment of children before and after school hours. The goal is to guide the energies of the children in a positive manner so that they refrain from self-destructive behaviours like substance abuse and violence.
As part of our work in the community we have started a Newsletter written with the children from the community. the idea behind this is to create the space to build curiosity and skill, interact and influence their communities and share their stories.
Click here to read all issues of the CCC Newsletter.
Play for Peace® Club
We are proud to say that Khula Aasman is now officially a part of the Global Club and a training centre under its aegis! Our journey with PFP began circa 2014, when we started Play For Peace® as a Train the Trainers programme with our in house PFP trainer, having seen the possibility of non-competitive games through our work at the community level.
In 2015, we registered officially with PFP in to be part of the Global PFP community as Khula Aasman Club, working locally within the community here in Mankhurd, Mumbai. Under our programme here we not only use non-competitive games through PFP in our work with the community, but also conduct certification modules for people and experiential trainer’s as PFP trainers. Through our PFP centre, more than 30 people have begun their journey as PFP trainer’s within communities locally bringing more joy and play to youth in communities, inspiring them as well.