STEADY – a new beginning in the right direction
When it comes to a place like Delhi NCR, the most talked about crime is crime against women (CAW). Schools, colleges or even the safest place in the world -- home – has proved to be unsafe. Howsoever, concerned one may feel, it’s not easy to make this world a safe haven. One solution which one strongly feels is to make the girl child strong enough to fight on her own when she finds herself in tough circumstances.
This year Deepalaya and Asian Paints joined hands for the cause and decided to make girls, studying in schools in and around Kasna village, aware of self defense and how to protect themselves during untoward circumstances.
Apart from self defense program, both organizations also collaborated for providing career counseling sessions at different places to educate the girl child about what is in store for her after completing her education.
The initiative, under the banner of STEADY programme, proved to be a huge success and was able to provide self defense training to 1178 girls and career counseling to 1060 beneficiaries.
The programme was formally closed on April 9 with a closing ceremony of the programme at Savitri Bai Phoole Inter-college (SBPIC), Kasna. The occasion was graced by Mr. T K Mathew and Mr. Jagdish Acharaya, Ex-CEO PPG Asian Paints & CSR Advisor, Mr. Sathish Kumar, Manager PHS. The ceremony started with lighting of lamp, a welcome speech by Mr. Mathew, cultural programme by Students from SBPIC & Deepalaya School Sanjay Colony. Some of the girl students also gave a demonstration on self-defense training. This was followed by distribution of certificates and scholarships to 77 students.
Vishnu, an intellectually challenged child from special unit, was given an opportunity to sing one of his favourite numbers.
The programme has given us a new approach and a new beginning in the right direction.