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Session: Champions of Hope - Empowering girls in Rural Bihar as community leaders

Type: Keynote

Champions of Hope is an ongoing project, whereby the organisation I run, has worked with young adolescent girls from rural communities in Bihar, one of India's most backward states, and in a region that has amongst the lowest literacy rates, is flood prone every year and falls behind on almost every development index. The Youth Leadership Development Program witnesses the young girls undergo immense personal and professional transformation. Over the course of 3 years of the program the girls are trained and also get to engage with community (primary school children, parents) at multiple levels.

Empowering these girls have enabled us to make them community champions during the COVID times as well.

The 3 main ideas that the talk will focus on are

a. Adopting Systems Thinking to create impactful interventions in rural communities b. The creation of Change-makers in a highly conservative society c. Fighting the odds to empower young girls as Community Champions.


Kshitiz Anand (he/him)


Kshitiz is the founder and Chairperson at the Happy Horizons Trust, that works with youth and children in rural Bihar, a state in eastern India. The organisations runs a fellowship program that trains young girls as change-makers in rural communities and works towards the better foundational years of learning in children, through activity based learning.

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