Students feel empowered primarily because of their undeterred access to equal opportunity without gender-based discrimination. This is compounded by the fact that our campuses are designated safe spaces, in which our students are provided with security, and the stable comfort of room, board, and healthcare absolutely free of cost.
“Kanya Kiran” – an annual flagship initiative to arrest violence against women and girl children in Odisha is his brainchild. He has also implemented Education for all and Life Skills Education spreading awareness about gender equality through student and community engagements via peer education in villages.
We believe that all these efforts have a positive long-term effect for tribal communities, by preventing early and forced marriages of young girls, and significantly reducing the number of early pregnancies among young women.
The education that our girls receive at KISS, provides them with vital knowledge and skills that they take back to their communities upon graduation – from important life skills information on proper menstrual health & hygiene and proper nutrition to mainstream academic and technical knowledge. We find that one of the biggest indicators of empowerment for our female students, is the fact that their increased knowledge and education automatically places them in decision making roles in their families and communities upon return – this is remarkable, given that Indian society is largely patriarchal. Our girls are empowered to fulfill their dreams of becoming change agents in their communities, to learn and lead without fear.