2020: We’ve conducted four life skill sessions with 80 students of grade 8 and 9, and have conducted 4 mental health sessions – two with the teachers, and two with the students. We’ve also gotten permission to conduct sessions in 4 more government schools and orphanages. We’ve got support from T. Prabhakar Rao, the IG for Intelligence of Police in Telangana.
Initially, we faced a lot of hurdles on the way from having to pivot our project multiple times and going to multiple psychologists until we found someone as interested as we were in this initiative. We didn’t want to give up on our vision of helping these children gain access to mental health support, and we certainly didn’t want them to lose out on any opportunities.
The amount of eagerness we have seen really motivated us to spread this project to as many kids as we could all over Hyderabad. The key to every successful initiative is sustainability, and with the help of our volunteers, support of our school, and a long-term agreement with an NGO, we are all set to go! The smile on their faces is what encourages us to keep going no matter how many other commitments we have.
2021: Now, due to the Pandemic, we have shifted to an online model with the same schools. We are creating video modules on topics that pertain to these students on life skills and mental health with the help of animations and videos. We are still partnered with the same NGO and have grown to a team of 70 committed volunteers. We are now, as of 2021, sending videos to 10 schools all over Hyderabad.