ASK Columns were monthly Q & A's published in a popular English daily to discuss sexuality and HIV/AIDS with young readers, who mailed their questions. This was the first time taboo issues were discussed openly in a public forum.
20 issues of ASK were compiled as the ASK Booklet and launched at the Kolkata Bookfair. Thousands of copies sold over the years, and later became a resource for our Peer Counselling Curriculum and Adolescent Reproductive health kits.
The Champa kit was the first toolkit using Games to discuss Adolescent Reproductive Health with rural girls. For the first time, sex-ed was fun, not threatening; both for rural girls, and the diffident 'barefoot' fieldworkers who would use the kit.
As word of the Champa kit spread, organisations came forward to use it for their contexts. The Hindi version, Paro kit was created for communities in Madhya Pradesh. The kit has been adapted into 7 languages, and is still in production (2022).
1995 - 2013
HIV/AIDS was a rising concern through the 90's and the new millennium. We produced several multimedia communication products for specific audiences. Films like Aakrant, Suhana Safar, Disha, Shuru, are archived in our youtube channel
Work on the Shankar kit, a sex-ed kit for boys, had begun soon after the Champa kit was published. Several tests later, we realised that it needed a Gendered approach. The re-designed kit has since reached an estimated one million boys.
It's My Life was a unique toolkit using chemistry magic, audio plays and games to discuss HIV/AIDS. The kit was widely used by youth and organisations, and later became a central component of the Youth Awards for Social Initiatives.
The WATSAN kit involved creation of images around Water & Sanitation. We built on the PHAST methodology of using images to guide critical thinking. These principles would be used by many tools that followed.
We worked with rural women in self help groups across West Bengal, in partnership with the Credit & Savings for Household Enterprise [CASHE] Project, to developed the SHG kit, a set of picture-stories and games to strengthen ledership in SHGs.
2003 - ongoing
The pictorial Gender toolkit was a result of a long partnership with Oxfam GB gender practitioners and grassroots leaders in jharkhand and Orissa. This seminal toolkit continues to be used by organisation across Indian and the region.
The We Can Campaign to End Violence against Women created 5 million changemakers across 6 South Asian countries. We led communications, in collaboration with partners across the region, and witnessed change at scale. Our tools were used by millions of users.
2009 - ongoing
Exploring My World is an activity book for young people on a journey of self discovery. The popularity of the first book encouraged us to we create variants for different age groups over the next few years. The series became an important part of our work with young people.
2009 - ongoing
No Marriage Now, a picture book on Child Marriage Prevention, was developed for UNICEF partners. This became the first of a series of popular pictorial booklets on laws relevant for kids.
2010 - ongoing
I am One, I am Many is a playway, non-threatening approach to discussing multiple identities, stereotypes and conflicts. During development, we got several opportunities to test this with youth leaders and field practitioners from South and South-East Asia.
Working with persons with disability and activists at Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy, we developed Lead-Ability, a pictorial toolkit on raising awareness on the rights of persons with disabilities. It helped us expand our pictorial language to include individuals with special needs.
2013 - 2020
Safal Fasal is a toolkit to enable women farmers to learn crucial steps of a new farming method adapted for higher yield at lower costs. This was for a programme to ensure food security of tribal communities across 8 states of India, led by Central India Initiatives (CinI)
2013 - 2018
The WEL kit is a play-way workshop kit created in collaboration with Oxfam GB, in response to the challenge raising the ambition of projects working on women's economic leadership. The kit was used across a range of developing countries including Srilanka, Philippines and India.
The Land Rights tool is based on the Right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent. It was designed to be used by facilitators to empower tribal communities who have struggled to protect their way of life against forces that subscribe to a conflicting version of development.
2016 - 2019
Laws in Pictures booklets cover the basics of Indian laws that protect the rights of women and children, against Child Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence, Child Labour, Trafficking, Cyber Safety. These are used by a range of grassroot organisations and communities in multiple languages.
A series of pictorial and child-friendly Child Safeguarding Policy Posters were developed collaboratively for all grassroot organisations connected with the funding organisation DKA