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Creating Stories

Every day taking session with children gives a deeper insight in their world and helps in creating a better experience for children.From outside a Project KHEL session might look where few facilitators are doing sessions with children using sports or some other active...

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On Being a Teacher

Contributed by: Medha Mukherjee 5th September, 2018 was the first time I experienced being on the receiving end on a Teacher’s Day. It felt like just another day when I first woke up. It was raining heavily outside and everyone on WhatsApp was discussing how we will...

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An Ultimate Experience

Contributed by: Shiviksha Kaushik While stepping into this first job of mine, my first concern was that I will reach a point of monotony (not because of any past such experiences but I had hardly seen anyone talk about their work like they live it). Though everyday...

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Unlearning

Contributed by: Promod Yadav “A small body of determined spirits fired by unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history- Mahatma Gandhi” These lines by Mahatma Gandhi always inspired me during my journey in development sector, always felt that...

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The mountains were calling and we decided to go!

Contributed by: Medha Mukherji Curious about our KHEL Gaadi experience to Rishikesh? Read on to find out more : Before the completion of my first two months with Project KHEL, I got the opportunity to visit Rishikesh and deliver a Summer Camp, hosted by the Simple...

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The Beauty Of Beginnings

Contributed by: Medha Mukherji We grow up taught to be afraid of beginnings - Of everything new and unknown. Somewhere along the road to maturity, we get hooked on the idea that beginnings should scare us and so, our desire to experience something we never did before,...

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Growing Up with Project KHEL

Contributed by: Samiksha Raperia One thing which never fails to make me happy is Sports; one can never find me sad on the field playing. This connection with sports has been a long one and who knew that I will be working with an organization where I get to do...

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My Journey to AUO

Contributed by: Vikram Namdeo Dated: 27th Feb, 2018 Main Awadh KHELadis ki team se Ultimate Frisbee khelta hu jo U.P. ki pehli ultimate frisbee team hai. Ahmedabad ne Ahmedabad Ultimate Open tournament organize kia tha jahan poore india ki best...

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Living with Project KHEL

Contributed by: Sheba Siddiqui Dated: 20th Jan, 2018 As a kid after returning from school, a question asked regularly was “How was school?” .This used to put me in a frenzy to mention each and every thing that made the day so special for me....

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The Process of Collective Learning

The original article was authored by Jackson Akash Walker and was originally published at American India Foundation (http://aif.org/the-process-of-collective-learning/) on 07/11/ 2017 and then also got featured in WION...

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Flying High…

Contributed by: Sheba Siddiqui Dated: 5th Nov, 2017 As kids, we all had dreams...small ones like we hope the next day is a rainy day at school and big dreams like meeting celebrities, becoming big people later in our lives, finding the pot of...

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“दान उत्सव”!

Contributed by: Rishu Sharma Dated: 19th Oct, 2017 पहली बार इस जमाने में कुछ सच्चा लगा, ये फ़रमान मुझे काफ़ी अच्छा लगा। प्रोजेक्ट खेल साफ़-साफ़ लिखा था, स्पष्ट और शानदार लिखा था। जब समझा इसे बैठ कर आराम से एक कोने में, तो दिल में यहाँ जाने का विचार...

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Building Empathy, Building Relationships

Contributed by: Jackson Walker Dated: 16th October, 2017 As we started to fan into the entrance area to the riverfront, we were immediately approached by masses of children, wares in hand: “Bhaiyya, didi, mera saamaan le dijiye” they cried,...

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A Night’s Tale

Contributed by:  Arsh Lalano  Dated:  10th  July, 2017 Experiences are takeaways from a journey. I started my internship journey on 11th of June with Project KHEL. I was very excited and was prepared for the upcoming challenges. Throughout my...

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Experiencing Ultimate Frisbee

Contributed by:  Rutvik Surani  Dated:  08th  July, 2017 “It is good if you achieve success and stay there, but it’s better if you fail and try again.” Never thought Frisbee was an actual competitive sport where people would not just win the...

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Dil Khush Hai Jahan, Teri Toh Manzil Hai Wahi

Contributed by:  Maaz Hasan  Dated:  26th  July, 2017 What is your goal in life?  Someone asked me 5 years back, and this is how I randomly responded to it - ‘Make at least 100 people of the country employable.’ In these five years a lot of...

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Efforts paid off well!

Contributed by:  Utkarsh Lal and Tanisha Kumar  Dated:  11th  July, 2017  Merely getting admission into a school like La Martiniere had opened up a truck load of opportunities and avenues for us and as we crawled through...

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Night Stay at Lucknow Children’s Home

Contributed by:  Zia Chapman  Dated:  06th  July, 2017  What I realised about my internship at Project KHEL was that it wasn’t about hearing things, but about doing them. Of course, we did hear a lot about the programmes they conduct and...

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The Journey Of Acceptance

The original article was authored by  Saamya Mittal and featured in Youth Ki Awaaz  (https://goo.gl/Cq5jLk)  on June 27, 2017. Growing up in a society where homosexuality is considered a taboo subject, I was oblivious to it.I had heard words like ‘Gay’ and ‘Lesbian’...

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When Work Becomes Play

Contributed by: Aparajita Shah Dated:  08th June, 2017  “When you enjoy what you do, work becomes play.”What if your work involves playing with children? Sounds intriguing right? Well, the kind of work that Project KHELdoes seems to be just...

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It’s All About the Little Things!

Contributed by:  Kritika Koshyari  Dated:  30th May, 2017 " Didi, aapka naam kya hai?" (didi, what is your name?) asked the kids, as we stood in a circle ready to begin my first day with Project KHEL. Even before this little yet amusing...

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Safe Spaces

Contributed by: Angana Prasad Dated: March 14, 2017 Talking about Project KHEL, we often say how we create 'safe spaces' wherever we go, so that children can be themselves and share things that they otherwise don’t feel comfortable sharing with...

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The Story Of An Unsung Hero Of Menstruation

The original article  was authored by Hitkarsh Srivastava and featured in Menstrupedia (http://menstrupedia.com/blog/unsung-hero-of-menstruation/)  on April 3, 2016. Project KHEL. Naam hi kaafi hai to let anyone know that we are all about fun,...

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मैंने माहवारी पर चुप्पी टूटते देखी है

The original article authored by Pooja Singh, was featured in Youth Ki Awaaz (https://goo.gl/1XjGc4)  on January 11, 2017. जब मुझे पता चला कि मैं माहवारी(पीरियड्स) से जुड़ी कार्यशाला में भाग लूँगी तो मैं बहुत उत्साहित थी और बहुत ही प्रेरणा के...

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Small Talk With Akshai Abraham

The original article  was featured in Small Change NGO (https://goo.gl/7dOAmy)  on March 9, 2017. CHANGE leaders do great things, and often that is all we know about them. Here we want to get a different glimpse of the personalities that...

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Lets Talk: Questions in Teen’s heads

The original article authored  by Angana Prasad, was featured in Bolte Raho  (http://www.bolteraho.com/questions-in-teens-heads/)  on December 15th, 2015. In the past few months I have spoken with hundreds of teenagers, thanks to Project...

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No more Child Sexual Abuse. Ab Bas!

Contributed by: Anjali Singh Dated: January 14, 2017 Childhood is a part of life that creates beautiful memories and these memories can never be taken away.  Nobody likes to get flashbacks from things they don't want to remember. These memories...

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PK in PK

Contributed by: Pooja Kashyup  Dated: May 27, 2016  Someone opened a door and led me into a new world. “Project KHEL”, that voice had said! Alright, so let me explain about this new world first then, we can talk about the other amazing things!...

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Two years with Project KHEL

Contributed by: Arushi Dhawan Dated: 10th, July, 2016 One fine day, I decided that I don’t want to pursue a career in Finance instead I want to do my masters in Social Work. I had never volunteered with an NGO before, nor had people around me...

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The journey of Project KHEL

The above article appeared on World Pulse(https://goo.gl/JWMGMC) on 17th August 2016. She came up to me and graciously asked, "Aap bhi hamare saath khelengi?" (Will you also play with us?) What struck me the most about 7 year old Divya, apart...

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Learning, Growing and Living with Project KHEL

Contributed by: Hitkarsh Srivastava Dated: 1st June, 2016 Today the name ‘Project KHEL’ almost unknown, a year before; feels no less than ‘Love of Life’ to me. It might sound exaggerated but it is something that one can feel only if one is or...

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A Cause for Change

Contributed by: Ankita Gupta Dated: 25th May, 2016 "We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give." This quote by Winston Churchill changed my entire outlook on life. As a part of my course requirement I was to intern with...

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Experiential Learning = KHEL

Contributed by: Veena Singh Dated: 10th Mar, 2016 “Good experiences make us happy and teach us a few lessons, but bad experiences teach us a lot more…” Angana(one of my team mates) words still hover my mind as I recall our event #Menstruation...

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Little Humans…

Contributed by: Angana Prasad Dated: 10th th Jan, 2016 While big things were happening at work in the past couple of months, I found my little moments of deep emotions fleet past me. This one will be an effort to capture those moments from...

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When our kids make us proud…

At the end of May 2015, we embarked on a trip with 11 of our children to attend 'Bridging the Gaps '  an Ultimate  Frisbee / Youth camp being held at Ahmedabad. This camp which brought together 125 teens and 35 coaches from across India is a...

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New Beginnings…

Contributed by: Sanjay MucharlaDated: 1st June, 2015“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” ― Henry FordLearning is a never ending process, and it is what keeps me going.Here are a few things...

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Good things happen at KHEL times

Contributed By: Hitkarsh Srivastava Dated: 5th January, 2015 Project KHEL, came as a life-changing thing to me. Before joining KHEL, never had I been so much satisfied with myself. Since my early schooldays I would see and observe the kids of...

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Happy Surprises

Contributed by: Abhilasha Sachan Dated: 8th May, 2015 ‘Menstruation’, this single word can invoke different reactions in different people, my reaction towards it was that it is an important issue and that we need to take it seriously. Starting...

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Lets Talk…

Contributed by: Angana Prasad Dated: 20th March, 2015 In the past few months I have spoken with hundreds of teenage girls, thanks to our programme Teen Talks - an open discussion forum for teenagers to discuss issues that concern them the most....

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FALLING IN LOVE WITH ProjectKHEL

Contributed by: Alisha Asif Dated: 12th January, 2015 So this is about a year back from now. I had just got done with studying journalism and am into content-writing, been switching work places here and there, gaining experience and everything. All that...

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Two years in the blink of an eye!

Contributed by: Angana Prasad Dated: 16th October, 2014  As I look back today, I know I am not the same person anymore. I feel a bit uncomfortable. Maybe this is how it feels like being a grown up... Up till my previous birthday, I always said...

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Per…shhhh… Don’t say it out loud!

“Don’t go out in the sun, you’ll tan your skin.” “Why don’t you put kajal?” “Wear earrings, it will add to your look.” “Wash your hands.” “Clean your nails.” “Shampoo every third day.” “Clean your belly button!” There were care instructions for...

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What I learnt when I started to teach…

Contributed by: Pooja Singh Dated: 23rd March, 2014 Context - Pooja Singh has been a ProjectKHEL beneficiary since December 2012. One of the 16 inmates of Lucknow Children’s Home, Pooja joined our team as a Community Coordinator in December...

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Why my job is bigger than my Pay Cheque

Contributed by: Angana Prasad Dated: 3rd May, 2014 Lately, I have felt some “you can do better than this” pressure from loved ones. It doesn’t feel great to keep explaining my choices all the time but this time I am in no mood to give in to the...

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She!

Contributed by: Kamzason Hangsing Dated: 15th December, 2013 Female - a creation, without which nothing seems to be complete. Some say she is inferior, while some say she is equal to her male counterpart and not surprisingly, there are those...

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Me, being with the Children

Contributed by: Kamzason Hangsing Dated: 15th November, 2013 Working with children has always been fun. Since childhood, I have enjoyed being with younger children, teaching them football and improving my football skills in return. Never have I...

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While on the Highland

Contributed by: Kamzason Hangsing Dated: 17th October, 2013 A few months back, I was lucky to get an opportunity to visit Uttarakhand and get to play with children and bring smiles on their faces as well as the adults, who were victims of flood...

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Oh! What did they say!

Contributed by: Angana Prasad Dated: 27th September, 2013 I have forever loved children but working in KHEL provides me increased interaction with them and I notice that I have become much more observant about them. Amongst the numerous...

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What’s in a name?

Contributed by: Angana Prasad Dated: 27th August, 2013 To begin with “what’s in a name”, I think there is far too much in a name. I have my own biases and prejudices in contemplating why the name is what it is. Basing the content of this post...

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Me and My Hindi

Contributed by: Kamzason Hangsing Dated: 29th August, 2013 Hindi, what is it? It made me want to drop-out of school, because I could not understand anything of Hindi Grammar. It made me turn my back on Delhi University because I had to take...

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Yearning to be Street-wise

Contributed by: Kamzason Hangsing Dated: 25th August, 2013 “Broke”, was the word explained to me by my girlfriend. When she told me that she was broke, I thought she was hurt by her friends or maybe her parents, so she felt broken from inside…...

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The Gender Canyon

Contributed by: Chandni Mathur Dated: 21st August, 2013 Issues related to gender have been very close to my heart. During my teenage years, something about the issues related to gender used to draw me toward them. Luckily, I grew up in a family...

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Flying Fascination

Contributed by: Chandni Mathur Dated: 17th August, 2013 I have always been fascinated with MIGs. I just love the way they fly...I want to fly too but that’s humanly not possible and this song keeps playing at the back of my mind (I believe I...

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KHEL @ Ehsaas

Contributed by: Anshika Vajpeyi (Ehsaas) Dated: 17th July, 2013 The clock strikes 4 in the evening, and there is a hustle at Ehsaas Shelters. Children run to put on their sports shoes and dress because the “Didis and Bhaiyas“ of KHEL are there!...

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Football: In the Land of Nawabs

Contributed by: Kamzason Hangsing Dated: 10th July, 2013 Football and Lucknow? Did the Nawabs play Football? Just imagining, it would have been cool if they did… Anyway, I was not so hopeful about a football scene to be as interesting as it is...

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A big wish came true in a big way

Contributed by: Angana Prasad Dated: 30th June, 2013 I think all of us have this little something in our minds that we have wanted to do for a very long time. For the past few years, I have been obsessed about talking to girls about their...

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Street Encounters

Contributed by: Angana Prasad Dated: 10th June, 2013 The Biscuit Girl: So, right outside Pappoo Store in Gole Market, there was this little 7 year old sitting in one corner of a huge column, holding a 1 year old on her lap. I had seen her...

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Principles at Stake

Contributed by: Kamzason Hangsing Dated: 5th June, 2013 KHEL, fortunately happens to be my first job. I am happy that KHEL serves me so well, say it in terms of inspiring, motivating or even a means for coping with my emotions, etc.  My friends...

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Chocolate Temptations

Contributed by: Angana Prasad Dated: 25th May, 2013 KHEL sessions with children are the best part of my job. If the session is followed by a chocolaty treat (as it often is), my evening can’t get any better. On one such indulgent evening, I had...

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Khel Se Shuruat..

Contributed by: Chandni Mathur Dated: 20th May, 2013 When I joined KHEL as a full time team member ,I still remember my first day. The first day wasn’t the only “First”, didn’t know that It’ll be a long series of my “Firsts”. To begin with,...

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KHEL KHEL mein…

Contributed by: Kamzason Hangsing Dated: 10th April, 2013 Hailing from a state where bandhs and killings are becoming part of life, many a times it kept me thinking whether there could be an end to such a culture. Government has tried with...

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The Punishment

Contributed by: Angana Prasad Dated: 25th March, 2013 When we started playing with a new set of smaller children it broke my heart to see a kid break into tears when I moved to ‘punish’ him.  All I would have done is tickle him till he can’t...

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Tata Time

Contributed by: Franziska Litwinski Dated: 25th February 2013   This sudden thought "boom" - getting at me out of nowhere, unexpectedly, making me swallow hard, and pressing my lips:  “Soon, all this will be over, this is the last time…”...

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7+7 = 14

Contributed by: Akshai Abraham Dated: 10th February, 2013 7 months. 7 partners. 14 thoughts to share on the crazy ride of entrepreneurship - from the security of a full-time, well-paying job to the daily dose of questions in self-belief,...

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Unseen Children are ‘Familiar Strangers’

Contributed by: Franziska Litwinski Dated: 24th December 2012 Sometimes when my mind is free I have this little game I play. When I’m in public transport, wherever it might be, or a public space, or am walking along the street, I pick a person...

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Unwanted Musings

Contributed by: Angana Prasad Dated: 14th December 2012 In the 3rd week of November, I had an opportunity to assist SUM1 +1ndia and Ecofemme, as a translator, for their project on safe hand washing and feminine hygiene, to Saraiya, U.P. Being a...

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Namaste India! Namaste Lucknow!

Contributed by: Franziska Litwinski Dated: 23rd October 2012 This, I would never have guessed, never imagined. So many people, scaring me beforehand: “Be careful! Return healthy! Take a mosquito net! Don’t wander the streets! You’ll be stared...

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Angana’s first day at KHEL

Contributed by: Angana Prasad Dated: 18th October 2012 I love kids. Rich or poor, doesn't matter. I just know that I love being with kids and playing with them and if this could be used to help them learn some values for life, nothing really...

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KHEL Concert – Jaswinder Singh Live

KHEL is organizing a concert at MB Club on the 13th of October! Jaswinder Singh is a young Ghazal singer with a mesmerising voice. The talented singer has been awarded ‘The Young Ghazal Maestro’ by Indian Music Academy. The title was presented...

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Global Peace Games – 2012

On 22nd September 2012, Project KHEL (Kids Holistic Education and Life Skills) organized the UN Global Peace Games in La Martiniere Girls College at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. 75 children from 7 organizations working with disadvantaged...

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