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Adolescent Health

Abbreviations used in this page
ARH, RH, RCH : Adolescent, Reproductive, Child, Health
TOT : Training of Trainers


    We have been developing research based resources and services on adolescent reproductive health issues since 1996.

    The Champa / Paro / Shankar methodologies were designed as easy to use generic resources. These kits are being used by a number of large scale ARH projects, as well as small organisations who are in the process of building their skills.

BCC Strategies and Tools for Targeted Interventions

Adaptation for Project Samriddhi

The Paro and Shankar Kits were field tested, adapted and translated into Telugu. Thoughtshop Foundation provided training for field workers, and developed a new Trainers Manual based on the needs assessed by Youthreach India.

(Partner : Youthreach India, 2009)

ARH Manual   download preview
ARH Manual 2009
more on Project Samriddhi

Fieldworkers Tools on Adolescence

This tool, comprising a facilitators guidebook, illlustrated cards and activity mats, belong in a series of flipcharts and tools developed as aids for fieldworkers.

(Partner : CCF, 2008)

Ado kit 08


Champa / Paro Kit

This package comprises comprehensive and structured participatory modules on reproductive health education for rural and slum based adolescent girls.

Champa kit, the original Bengali version, developed in partnership with CINI in 1997. Paro was the Hindi adaptation developed a year later for CARE India projects in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

(Champa kit developed in partnership with CINI, 1997; Paro kit developed in partnership with CARE India, 1998)


testing Paro
more about the Champa / Paro Kit


Shankar Kit

This is the male counterpart of the Champa / Paro kits. Although similar to the module for girls, the Shankar kit has been designed around the theme of male responsibility.

(Partner - CINI, West Bengal, 2001)


I am Shankar
more about the Shankar Kit

Projects using the Champa / Paro / Shankar Methodologies
  Project Name Organisation
Project location
Funded by
17 ARC
Pailan (WB)
Save the Children
100 Champa Kits were provided for ongoing Adolescent Resource Centres (ARC) run by Child In Need Institute (CINI). CINI ARC reaches 5,00,000 adolescents and young people in West Bengal and Jharkhand, and has 6,000 trained peer educators in villages (ref).
16 Adolescent Health


Save the Children
Apnalaya Adolescent Health progrmme reaches over 1200 adolescent boys and girls in Govandi area of Mumbai. 20 Paro and 20 Shankar Kits were provided, along with TOT to a batch of 20 field workers, to complement ongoing outreach work on health, education and empowerment.
15 Its My Body


36 Paro Kits used for an ongoing program on Reproductive Health and Rights of Adolescent Girls. Implemented in collaboration with community-based partner organisations in eight rural districts across Bihar, Jharkhand, and Uttar Pradesh. By 2016, the programme aims to reach out to over 6000 adolescent girls (12-16 years), directly and indirectly.
14 Shushasthya

Street Survivors India
West Bengal
PHF India

This year long project, ending in March 2013, was implemented in Murshidabad district of West Bengal, India, and aims to reach 500 adolescent girls in 10 villages. Thoughtshop Foundation provided Champa kits and training for field workers and supervisors.
13 Rural Health Mission

Social Welfare Department
Govt. of Meghalaya
Trial of the Champa Shankar methodolgies in 7 districts of Meghalaya.
12 Project Samriddhi

Youthreach India
New Delhi
Reprisal of the Youthreach project of 2009, this time focussed on the National Capital Region of Delhi. Thoughtshop Foundation provided training for field workers.
11 Project Samriddhi
(Planning for life)

Youthreach India
New Delhi, Hyderabad, Amalapuram, Bhimavaram
This project was designed to empower Youthreach India partner organisations to work with ARH issues, and equip 5000 disadvantaged young people in Andhra Pradesh and National Capital Region of Delhi. The Paro and Shankar Kits were field tested, adapted and translated into Telugu. Thoughtshop Foundation provided training for field workers.
10 Sakhi Saheli
Training Manual

Population Council
Instituto Promundo
, USAID, McArthur
Parts of the Paro Kit were adapted and included in the publication named "Sakhi Saheli, Promoting Gender Equity and Empowering Young Women, A Training Manual."
9 Adolescent Girl's Health Project

Madhya Pradesh : Jabalpur city
This project was designed to address the reproductive health needs of nearly 32,000 adolescent girls living in the slums. The Champa Kit was field tested, adapted and renamed the Paro Kit. Thoughtshop Foundation provided orientation to CARE health workers and did the first training of peer leaders in use of the Paro Kit.
8 Women's Health and Family Spacing

Uttar Pradesh : Allahabad city
This project aimed to empower 3,49,000 rural women to make informed decisions about their reproductive health, including family planning, and to improve their access to quality RH services. CARE used the Paro methodology for RH education of girls aged 10 -19 years. Games and models from the kit were also used at the community level to facilitate the understanding of contraception and conception.
7 Integrating Adolescent Livelihood Activities Within a Reproductive Health Programme For Urban Slum Dwellers In India

Uttar Pradesh : Allahabad city
Population Council
This pilot intervention was launched in 2001 and integrated livelihood activities for adolescent girls aged 14-19, into CARE-India’s existing ARH programme for slum dwellers. CARE used the Paro methodology for RH education of adolescent girls aged 10-19.
6 Reproductive and Child Health, Nutrition and HIV/AIDS (RACHNA)

Jharkhand, Rajasthan
This programme aims to improve the health of women and children, provide reproductive health and hygiene education, improve the quality and availability of health services and advocate for policies that prioritise the needs of poor and vulnerable families. Paro / Shankar methodologies were adopted for ARH education.
5 Adolescent Health Management

West Bengal
Children International
This programme aims at the overall development of young people with a focus on RCH. Sahay implemented this project through 11 partners across West Bengal. The Champa / Paro / Shankar methodologies were adopted for ARH education.
4 Sahas

Jharkhand : East and West Singhbhum Districts FPIA,
The Sahas project is implemented by Tata Steel Family Initiatives Foundation and Tribal Cultural Society. The project adolescents aged 14-18 years, living in nearby residential and slum areas, as well as those whose parents work in the company. Specific objectives for its education and health service program are preventing / minimizing child marriage, unwed pregnancies, deaths of young mothers, gender based violence, STIs and HIV. The project adopted the Paro/Shankar methodology for ARH education. Thoughtshop Foundation provided TOT for the health workers in use of the kits.
3 West Bengal Reproductive Child Health Project

West Bengal Government
West Bengal: Malda, Uttar and Dakhin Dinajpur
To improve the reproductive health facilities in 3 districts, the Government of West Bengal, with support from DFID, implemented the West Bengal Reproductive and Child Health Project. The important components of the project were provision of safe abortion services, contraceptive social marketing and adolescent health care. The government health workers adopted the Champa/Shankar methodology for ARH education. Thoughtshop Foundation provided a series of TOTs for the government health workers in use of the kits.
2 Healthy Adolescent Project in India (HAPI)

West Bengal
Lucille Packard Foundation
This project aimed to incorporate reproductive and general health curriculum into Girl Guides and Boy Scouts programmes in seven project communities in West Bengal, along the Eastern and South-Eastern Railways. The project aim was to train 900 Guides/Scouts peer educators through a series of health education activities, each of whom would make 25 contacts, reaching as many as 22,500 young people. The project adopted the Champa/Shankar methodology for RH education of the peer educators. Thoughtshop Foundation provided TOTs for the health workers in use of the kits.

Uttaranchal : Dehradun, Udham Singh Nagar, Nainital
, Dorabji Tata Trust
The Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust initiated a pilot project exclusively on health and development of adolescents, focused on 13 - 19 year olds, addressing their overall health and developmental needs. This project adopted the Paro/Shankar methodology. Thoughtshop Foundation field tested the kits and provided orientation training for the health workers in their use.


The Ask Project

Askline, a free tele-counselling service for young people, was initiated by Thoughtshop Foundation in October 1999, at a time when no such service existed in the region.

In 5 years, Askline logged over 10,000 calls on issues related to sexuality, HIV/AIDS and other adolescent problems. All calls were documented and analysed to plan different kinds of intervention strategies, including Ignited Minds, the It's My Life series of workshops and the HIV Kit.



askline poster
more about the ASK project

Mass Media Campaigns


Newspaper Series: Ask Columns

Thoughtshop Foundation ran a monthly interactive feature called ASK (AIDS, Sex and Knowledge for young people), in a leading English newspaper, to answer young people's questions on HIV/AIDS and reproductive health. The overwhelming response to this feature led to a compilation called the Ask booklet, which is still popular among students.

(March 1995- June 1996)


ASK booklets in schools
ASK project | research summary


Radio Series: Gyaner Alo Zindabad

This was a 12-episode radio programme on HIV/AIDS awareness for young people. This programme was conducted in Bengali, and involved young people from different schools and institutions in a quiz on HIV/AIDS. Listeners could also call in with their queries on HIV/AIDS, some of which were aired on the programme.

(Aired from April - June 2001. Supported by DFID and State AIDS Prevention and Control Society)


at the recording studio
more about the radio programme



Training of Trainers

We conduct 3-day TOT sessions for health workers and peer leaders to equip them to conduct participatory awareness programmes on ARH issues.

(1998 Ongoing)





We conduct participatory ARH and Family life Education programmes with schools, colleges, youth clubs and communities. Different methodologies are used with different target groups, ranging from comprehensive 6-day sessions to short 3 hour interactive workshops.

(2002 Ongoing)


orientation workshop



Needs Assessment Study Young People's Sexual Health Project in West Bengal

We conducted a needs assessment study on young people's sexual health awareness in West Bengal. The study included boys and girls in the age group of 12-19. School and non-school going youth, in both urban and rural areas were covered. The study conducted in 1997 helped guide our youth programme.

(Researched in 1997 in collaboration with AIMS Research. Supported by the West Bengal Sexual Health Project, DFID)


research summary


Analysis of calls received on the Askline

Askline calls have been documented and analysed from a number of different perspectives.

(1999 - 2005)


other reports


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