Nanhi Kali

A campaign that tugs at the heartstrings

The hard-hitting and emotional story of a little girl narrated by a village buffalo is the premise of a new campaign for Project Nanhi Kali. The tale of two Lajjos evokes some powerful emotions and affects every viewer. The film highlights the discrimination that young girls face in a patriarchal society, and this is what Project Nanhi Kali is working to change.

Nanhi Kali is a pan-India programme, which empowers underprivileged girls with access to quality education. The project is jointly managed by the K.C. Mahindra Education Trust and Naandi Foundation. Designed to support girls from underprivileged families to complete 10 years of schooling, the project has transformed the lives of over 500,000 girls across 14 states in India.

Nanhi Kali believes that education is more than just academic curriculum that is taught at school. Through its holistic development intervention, Nanhi Kali gives young girls a roadmap to grow into independent young women who can re-write their destinies. At Nanhi Kali, girls learn that they matter.

According to Sheetal Mehta, Trustee and Executive Director, K.C. Mahindra Education Trust, “At Nanhi Kali, we believe that every girl should be in school. An educated girl lays the foundation of success not only for herself, but also for her family, her community, and the nation. Nanhi Kali has empowered over 500,000 girls in India with access to quality education. It is not just about the joy of learning, but more importantly, instilling a sense of self-esteem and confidence in the girls.”

Asha Kharga, Chief Customer and Brand Officer, Mahindra Group, stated, “The core purpose of the Mahindra brand is to drive positive change to empower communities so that they Rise. Nanhi Kali’s impact is proof of our purpose in action. It makes Rise come alive. And hence, it was time to own our story.”

Speaking about the film, Kainaz Karmakar and Harshad Rajadhyaksha, Chief Creative Officers, Ogilvy India, said, “Even today, there are corners of India where the girl is deprived of education. As a result, her confidence and her self-worth take a huge beating. Nanhi Kali believes that education is not just a human right; it is a way for many girls to feel human. The story told through the eyes of an animal, ‘Lajjo’ does just that. We want to make a special mention of our film director, Afshan Hussain, for telling the story so beautifully. And of Ms Ila Arun, for lending the perfect emotion to the ‘voice of Lajjo’.”

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