ABOUT THE INITIATIVE
The Children’s Health Action Management Project (C.H.A.M.P.) is a social initiative aimed at investigating and addressing the status of healthcare for children in urban India. C.H.A.M.P. originated from our shared interest and passion for public health, community health practices, and young people’s understanding of health rights. Our engagement with the youth community is extremely important to what we do – their opinions and interests form the base of our entire strategy. We believe that young people, especially those from underserved communities, should be aware and take control of their health and wellbeing. We have found that being young people ourselves enables us to collaborate with other young people far more effectively and engage them in useful communication and understanding. We have three primary goals: raising awareness about the prevention and treatment of medical conditions among low-income children in India, enabling access to healthcare resources, and strengthening healthcare systems and options for young people.
Arjun and Kyra are both Grade 10 students at The Shri Ram School, Moulsari, Gurugram. They have joined forces to found C.H.A.M.P. out of a shared interest in community health practices and a passion to foster advocacy and understanding of health rights among young people, particularly from underserved communities. They hope that through C.H.A.M.P. they will be able to facilitate a community-led, grassroots transformation of children’s access to quality healthcare and health knowledge in Delhi NCR. In their spare time, you can find Kyra trying culinary skills and Arjun tinkering with robots.
MENTOR: Ketaki Tyagi
I’m Ketaki Tyagi, a nineteen-year-old gap year student. I’ve been working as a climate activist since 2016 and have had the opportunity to work with some great organizations over the years. Currently, I’m working with Haiyya Foundations on their Jal se Jalashay campaign as a core team member and am also co-leading the Social media team. Along with this, I have been trained by Haiyya Foundation as a campaign mentor and coached people across India to build campaigns through the foundation’s People, Power, Change workshop. I am also in charge of YouthForClimateIndia’s Development team and a part of CareforAir’s Humans of Air Pollution vertical. In 2017, I founded the Happy Seeders, Happy Lungs initiative through which we were able to free 3500 acres of land from stubble burning in the Jhajjar District of Haryana. This has helped me gain extensive experience with crowdfunding on platforms such as Ketto.org and drafting proposals for CSR funds from corporations. I’m a staunch believer in the power of community-led change and am looking forward to working on campaigns with people looking to drive social change!