Mental Health, Gender Equality, Inclusion & SDGs

May & June'20, Online

School Partner: Shri Ram Millemium Gurgaon,DPS Sonepat

Facilitators: Marya Lanewala, Anupriya Khare, Lavanya Agarwal

110 young participants (12-15 years) participated in 17 online sessions led by the Red Balloon team. The sessions brought to attention key social topics in a fun and interactive manner & encouraged children to engage meaningfully while self-reflecting along the way. 

Some questions posed:

  • What are we grateful for? Why is gratitude good for us?

  • Do we ever ask ourselves - how are we feeling?

  • What according to you will make the world a better place for all?

"It was lovely. Many things we take for granted in our daily lives, which we realise when we attend such workshops" 

Teacher , DPS Sonepat

"We express immense gratitude for inspiring our children to learn and explore more about social change and infusing a sense of wellness and positive attitude."

Shri Ram Millenium School Gurgaon





Equality & Inclusion

Story writing & Cover Design , 6th-15th June 2020

Participants from Sanskriti School, Shiv Nadar School & Modern School

Creative Mentors: Varud Gupta, Ayushi Rastogi

Support Facilitator: Anupriya Khare

7 young participants participated in a deep diving online workshop led by author-illustrator duo Varud Gupta and Ayushi Rastogi. 




Emotional Awareness

Stop Motion Filmography, 23rd-24th Nov'19

School Partner: DPS, Sonepat

Mentors: Shaaz Ahmed, Lavanya Agarwal

Support Facilitator: Anupriya Khare, Inder

20 young participants from DPS, Sonepat participated in an experiential 2 day programme led by award winning visual designer Shaaz Ahmed and the Red Balloon team. They also participated in multiple activities  and engaged in conversations about Emotions, Empathy, Emotional Quotient and Intelligence. They finally created a Stop Motion Film on Emotional Awareness.

"It was a completely different experience at this workshop!" 

Darsh Vatsa, Participant , Class VIII






Mental Health and Well-Being

Public Arts Installation, Jan'20

Collaboration with Ashoka Centre for Wellbeing

Participants: Ashoka University 

Outreach Partner: STIR & India Art Fair 2020
Venue Support: Sanskriti Kendra

Mental Health Facilitator: Dr. Arvinder J Singh    
Arts Mentor: Sumant Jayakrishnan                                                         
Red Balloon Facilitators: Samar Jodha & Lavanya Agarwal

Red Balloon Young People for Change Programme in collaboration with Ashoka Centre for Wellbeing at Ashoka University put together a week long residential workshop to initiate conversations around mental health among the youth. In a time where the lack of information coupled with the stigma around seeking help for mental health is the biggest barrier, this workshop brought together 9 young Ashokans from diverse cultures and backgrounds to mindfully connect and explore the importance of emotional expression and self-awareness, to build a sense of wellbeing.

"I felt the installation was mine, it was a beautiful journey, a life changing one." 


Moving out to go Within: A Case Study



Sanitation & Substance Abuse

Puppet and Theatre Performance, 23rd-31st May'19

Participants: Tarang Centre

Supported by: Vaish Associates Public Welfare Trust

Knowledge Partner: Water Aid India

Venue Partner: Vis a vis (STIR), Delhi

Arts Mentor: Dadi Pudumjee, Ishara Team

Support Facilitators: Ruchi Wadhwa, Lavanya Agarwal

30 young participants from Bapu Sambhav colony, Delhi participated in an intensive 9 day programme led by Dadi Pudumjee & the Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust team. The children created a puppet performance on Sanitation and Substance Abuse Awarenesswhich they presented to over 150 local residents at the Jonapur community garden. The group participated in inter-community sharing with NGO Rhythm of Life; and performed for the children of Sardar Patel Vidya Niketan, Mandi, Delhi.

"We learnt how to make puppets, we had a lot of fun and play with games and activities and we learnt how to perform and act, speak dialogues etc." 

Sakina, Participant 

Representative, Rhythm of Life NGO







Sexual Abuse & Anti-trafficking

Interactive Chat bot and murals, July & September'19

Participants: SNEHA, Mumbai (NGO)

Knowledge Partner: Missing Link Trust

Arts Mentor: Leena Kejriwal

Support Facilitators: Preeti Harkare, Avantika Malhautra, Lavanya Agarwal,

                                 Samar Jodha, Anupriya Khare

Two groups consisting 25 boys and girls (15-19 years) from Dharavi Mumbai (SNEHA Ngo) participated in week long workshops on Anti-trafficking and Sexual Abuse Awareness led by artist activist Leena Kejriwal, Missing Link Team and RB facilitators.Through expressive arts sessions, storytelling, movement activities, sharing circles and informative presentations the participants were engaged in conversations about sexual violence, self awareness, personal vulnerabilities, ways of prevention and the psycho-social aspects of trafficking. Under mentor guidance, they created focused narratives, public engagement games and finally a project titled 'Hum Azaad Panchhi' and 'Birds of Happiness' consisting conceptual art murals and tech enabled interactive chat bots to be used for further public engagement.

Links to the chat-bots created by the participants:


"I learnt how to express emotions through creativity and what are the different leadership qualities that we may explore in ourselves to be able to help victims of violence."

Mansi, Participant

"Art, especially engaging children in an interactive social setting, can help them and spark their motivation and desire to change the community they live in. We find our association with Red Balloon immensely relevant and meaningful. Together we are able to provide a platform for children to reflect, collaborate and get inspired to navigate increasing social risks that they face in their surroundings, especially that of sex trafficking."

Preeti Harkare, Supporting Facilitator

Missing Link Trust

"Missing has been conducting anti trafficking awareness programs for the last 3 years now. The workshop we did with Red Balloon Global was truly unique. Their program module gave us an amazing opportunity to create a much deeper conversation with the children from vulnerable areas of a city. Every day unfolded to more insights for us as well as the children. By the end the girls took centre stage and demonstrated a depth of awareness on the issue which even surprised us! True leaders in the making! This leadership program had tremendous potential! We hope to do more such with them!"

Leena Kejriwal, Lead Mentor

Artist and Founder - Missing Link Trust

The Privileges That They Got

"Art can create major impact and most importantly influence, persuade and move people to lead change."

SAMAR S JODHA, Artist and Red Balloon Founder

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