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ANSHU

Sixteen-year-old Anshu wants to join the army. But that wasn’t always his dream.

BUNTY

Bunty says it like it is: “My mind was like a jammed-up door, but after Project KHEL, it’s opened up.”

GARIMA

She would come to the field and watch Project KHEL’s sessions before we convinced her to join in.

ISHRAR

Ishrar loves playing all kinds of sports: volleyball, football, handball. 

NEERAJ

Neeraj started off with no interest in life skills training.

PRITI

Priti was a shy girl. She would hesitate before talking to people and could not make friends easily.

ROSHNI

It was Roshni’s love for books that brought her to PK. Well, in a round-about way.

SAMEER

A naughty child who used to get beaten up by his father for failing a class,

SOHAIL

What struck Sohail immediately after attending PK’s sessions was how politely everyone spoke

SUSHILA

Sushila was 12 when she attended the first session with Project KHEL. One of the very first things

SANTOSH

Sixteen-year-old Santosh has been with Project KHEL for over three and a half years.

UTTAM

Uttam was afraid that he would be made fun of for his weight. That prevented him from playing sports

ANSHU

Sixteen-year-old Anshu wants to join the army. But that wasn’t always his dream.

BUNTY

Bunty says it like it is: “My mind was like a jammed-up door, but after Project KHEL, it’s opened up.”

GARIMA

She would come to the field and watch Project KHEL’s sessions before we convinced her to join in.

ISHRAR

Ishrar loves playing all kinds of sports: volleyball, football, handball. 

NEERAJ

Neeraj started off with no interest in life skills training.

PRITI

Priti was a shy girl. She would hesitate before talking to people and could not make friends easily.

ROSHNI

It was Roshni’s love for books that brought her to PK. Well, in a round-about way.

SAMEER

A naughty child who used to get beaten up by his father for failing a class,

SOHAIL

What struck Sohail immediately after attending PK’s sessions was how politely everyone spoke

SUSHILA

Sushila was 12 when she attended the first session with Project KHEL. One of the very first things

SANTOSH

Sixteen-year-old Santosh has been with Project KHEL for over three and a half years.

UTTAM

Uttam was afraid that he would be made fun of for his weight. That prevented him from playing sports

UTTAM

Uttam was afraid that he would be made fun of for his weight. That prevented him from playing sports before and he felt it would happen again. But Project KHEL facilitators were persistent in making him believe that weight had nothing to do with playing or what PK was doing. In due time, Uttam joined the PK sessions and got to experience all the fun that he had missed out earlier. Soon Uttam started enjoying his sessions immensely. He learnt that there should be no difference in the way we treat people of a different caste, religion or gender. “Earlier I used to only be immersed in books but with PK got interested in games also understood that to be a well-rounded personality, it is important to study and play keeping a fine balance between both,” says Uttam. “PK has taught me to maintain a fine balance between putting effort towards a goal and having fun while achieving it.”

SANTOSH

Sixteen-year-old Santosh has been with Project KHEL for over three and a half years. And he responded to the sessions right off the bat. Each session was like a new piece of learning and information which enriched him. Through the sessions, Santosh learnt different ways of behaviour and thinking. This transformed him into a much more self-assured and confident individual. As a young leader, he understood how important life skills are. His favourite thing about PK? “No one gets angry in PK even if no one listens to them. This is great, because if people do get angry, then children lose interest.”

SUSHILA

Sushila was 12 when she attended the first session with Project KHEL. One of the very first things she loved was meeting children and making new friends. She would await eagerly for the sessions held weekly. It was such a positive atmosphere for her – where no one spoke rudely to or made fun of each other. She gradually improved her English language skills and enjoyed learning Frisbee as a game. Not only did she learn from the sessions, she would teach her friends about values like empathy. “We are all treated the same here – there is no differentiation between kids because of money or caste or religion,” Sushila says with smile on her face.

SOHAIL

What struck Sohail immediately after attending PK’s sessions was how politely everyone spoke to him. There were no threats and conditions on learning, it was a free flowing space. He would eagerly await next week’s classes. When he joined the PK sessions, Sohail had just started at a new school and was afraid that he won’t be accepted. But because of the activities at the sessions, he picked up social skills and was ultimately able to mingle very easily. It also helped him focus on learning at school. So much so, that now his goal is to top his class! Sohail would like to teach more children what he has learnt – pay it forward – so that they all can be good.

SAMEER

A naughty child who used to get beaten up by his father for failing a class, is now the biggest advocate of PK. Sameer hated studying and would not pay attention in school. Over the last 3 years of attending PK’s sessions, he has not only started performing better in school, but has inculcated values like honesty which he teaches other kids as well. His parents are happy now and Sameer has started nurturing a dream for himself. “Anyone can dream, but to fulfill one’s dream, hardwork and effort is required,” he says. “PK taught me that studying is very important to fulfill my dreams.”

ROSHNI

It was Roshni’s love for books that brought her to PK. Well, in a round-about way. Roshni’s father felt that she was spending too much time studying and not anything else. He made her go to the sessions and she would come reluctantly. But a few weeks in, and Roshni did not need any other motivation. She was completely engaged and loved the positive atmosphere and reinforcement that she received here. What has changed for Roshni? The microphone is not an enemy anymore. She’s not afraid to acknowledge that she does not understand all English words. And everyone in her college feels she’s a natural born leader because she is not afraid to speak out against any wrongdoing. “I would have ended up in depression if there was no PK,” says Roshni emphatically.

PRITI

Priti was a shy girl. She would hesitate before talking to people and could not make friends easily. Although she joined PK at 25, the sessions helped her to overcome her fear of speaking to people. Initially, her low self-esteem and confidence issues would make her uncomfortable in the group sessions. Gradually, she started enjoying meeting and playing with everyone. And now doesn’t have a problem talking to boys as well! Her favourite thing about PK? “Kids who can speak will not have any problems, but the ones who do not, are usually left behind, but PK gives a chance to all.” says Priti.

NEERAJ

Neeraj started off with no interest in life skills training. All he enjoyed were the various games that the sessions had. This interest peaked when the Frisbee session was introduced. Life skills still seemed a little boring to Neeraj. But when he was chosen as a young leader, he understood the meaning and importance of life skills. It made him change many things in his life: he learnt to express himself better, spoke to more people, learnt how to behave in the correct manner and even started teaching other children! Why did Project KHEL sessions help him? “It’s teaching life skills to kids in a very unique way. With play all are attracted and they don’t even realize that they are learning so much!”, he says.

GARIMA

She would come to the field and watch Project KHEL’s sessions before we convinced her to join in. But even after she joined, Garima wasn’t clear about the purpose of the sessions. Why were they playing these games? It was only after she understood the life skill activities, that she would look forward to these sessions. In a span of 3 years, the changes were remarkable. Garima’s parents noticed that her speaking skills had improved drastically. At school, teachers would appreciate the way she explained concepts. Garima herself felt more confident and self-assured as a person. After attending the BTG camp, away from her parents for the first time, she learnt many things that she took for granted before. She learnt how all kinds of labour should be respected and she picked up the ability to talk to people. “The learnings from PK are like a pearl necklace,” says Garima. “There are so many pearls and each one signifies a learning for me.””

ISHRAR

Ishrar loves playing all kinds of sports: volleyball, football, handball. And although fun is a major component of all these games, what it has taught him the most is to live life better. He has now learnt that to be respected, one has to respect others. He has started paying attention to what he wears and also passed along his learnings to the kids in his neighbourhood. A believer in the essential goodness of people, he has taught others how “being bad” will destroy everything. His favourite thing about PK? “In one hour there’s so much to learn and so many memories, that I can practice that for the whole week!”

BUNTY

Bunty says it like it is: “My mind was like a jammed-up door, but after Project KHEL, it’s opened up.” After saying it, he looks at you and breaks into his infectious laughter. Although Bunty has been associated with PK for 5-6 years, he attended the PK sessions only till he was in school, till class 8. After that he lost touch, lost interest in his studies and also started using abusive language. But once he got back to the sessions and understood the meaning of the abuses, he stopped using them. He also regained his interest in education. Initially, because of PK, he wanted to become a sportsperson but later he realized that PK was more about educating kids, than about sports really. “My dream is that no one should become like how I was earlier – bad and abusive,” says Bunty. “For that I will join PK and educate as many kids as possible.”

ANSHU

Sixteen-year-old Anshu wants to join the army. But that wasn’t always his dream. As he started attending Project KHEL’s life skill sessions in 2016, he picked up several abilities which helped nurture this dream. Anshu felt that although his school taught values, but Project KHEL’s method was much more effective – it helped him perform better in academics because he would feel fresh and active after each session. One of the biggest lessons Anshu learnt from PK was the empathy to help others. “I would never bother helping an old person cross the road earlier”, says Anshu. “Project KHEL taught me values are important and there will be ups and downs but one has to move ahead in life. Earlier I would give up very easily but now things are different. I don’t give up!”