New Delhi: The world came to a standstill when all hope seemed to go down due to the prevailing pandemic. Civil society organisations took charge of providing the essentials to the marginalised community and anyone who couldn't cater for themselves during this pandemic. One such organisation is Ladli Foundation Trust – (A National Youth Award-winning Non-Profit & accredited with special consultative status with ECOSOC since 2020).
From providing relief materials to the needy to now teaching slum kids through their Pathanshala Initiative and their JOSH project, they are diverting the young minds of juveniles and at-risk boys' from substance abuse and criminal activities.
Resurgence of JOSH
Ladli first inaugurated project JOSH in 2019 with Delhi Police, and several dignitaries like Mary Kom supported the cause. Ladli Foundation Trust, with the support of Delhi Police, launched this project specially designed to divert young boys & juveniles from Crimes & Consumption of Substance Abuse in the slums of Delhi. The project gathered positive responses from the beneficiaries and the community. Impact of the project was discernible that led to the further development of the project and inaugurating JOSH 2.0 in March 2021 associated with Delhi Police, and supported by Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan, and Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India. Introducing the project in Delhi's 20 locations aims to sensitise and benefit a large population.
Yuva Josh in the right direction
Engaging young (at-risk) boys and juveniles in activities like volleyball, fitness dance, yoga, and mental health counselling give them a chance to explore the areas they have never before; it provides them a different lens through which to see the world. With a vision of changing 1100+ (direct) beneficiaries' lives, Ladli started this project with zeal in March 2021. Following Covid-19 protocols, taking precautions, JOSH's activities had restarted and went on with the same enthusiasm with which it initially began.
More than a tournament
Through JOSH, 1000+ people are getting sensitised daily. They are getting a chance to change their lives and rise from their situation that contributed to their diligence into substance abuse, smoking activities. On August 27, 2021, under the program JOSH, a tournament was organised in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 8, RK Puram, in which Deputy Commissioner of Delhi Police (South-West District), Ingit Pratap Singh, and Additional Deputy Commissioner Amit Goel met many young adults of the city to inspire them to reject drugs and crime. They actively engaged with the youth, sharing personal experiences and the importance of sports, discipline, and teamwork, and explained the importance of their families' prestige in society. They also assured the youth of all possible efforts to ensure jobs for them through skill development through the YUVA program of the Delhi Police.
Chance at a better life
Young boys used to be name-calling by their community, and close ones often termed with zero hope, or no future found a ray of sunshine through Ladli's JOSH initiative, which has transformed their lives and provided them a chance at a better future. Sensitisation of these boys and their community was a priority to engage them in the program entirely, and that's precisely what the organisation did. The impact was visible from the performance of beneficiaries in this tournament; it was not just a match for them but a platform that was changing their lives for good, giving them a chance to get out of the dark tunnels they have been engaged in throughout their lives.