Written by: World Vision Staff; Edited by Leanna Cappiello
Imagine a place where children are free to be themselves—to grow, develop and fulfill their potential. World Vision’s children’s clubs have this purpose in mind. They are places designed to empower kids and bring positive change to communities.
There are children who were very timid and need encouragement. In communities like Fatehpur, India girls have difficulty expressing themselves because speaking up is sometimes misinterpreted as an act of defiance.
Manisha, 14, is one of these girls.
She comes from a small village and was a timid girl, afraid to share her opinions, even at home with her family. But when she learned that the children’s club could be a platform for her to learn about her rights and speak openly about her feelings, she grew more comfortable with her own voice.
After a lot of nurturing and trust building, Manisha is now able to articulate her opinions with confidence. “I was never able express my ideas and views in public,” she says. “But through the children’s club, I got the opportunity to participate and play. I joined the peace program which taught me how to motivate and lead others.”
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Manisha is now the secretary of her local children’s club and leads games and activities with other children.
We have the desire to see children flourish, so we do everything we can to give them what they need to succeed in their own way in whatever context we work in.
The kids in Manisha’s children’s club have blossomed in confidence and skill. So far, they’ve cultivated:
- self confidence
- peaceful conflict resolution
- basic life skills
- decision-making skills
- rights and responsibilities education
In total, Fatehpur is home to 150 active children’s clubs, which continue to grow and transform the lives of children and their communities.