Adolescent Health and Education

Our work empowers adolescent girls through life skill training, completion of secondary education, and improving their awareness on health and access to services. We work with adolescent girls from Scheduled Castes/Tribes (SC/ST) and devadasi/traditional female sex worker communities. Rigorous research that identify the barriers to education and vulnerabilities in health for girls informs our interventions.

The multi-layered programmes work with a range of stakeholders, such as the community, government, schools, and health service providers. They build leaders from among girls and strengthen their capacities to assert their rights. Families and communities begin to recognise the equal value of girls and participate in their empowerment process. Girls learn to challenge entrenched social norms, demand their equal space in the communities and aspire for a better life.

Current Projects


Empowering adolescent girls through peer leader role models

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Keeping girls in secondary school

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Concluded Projects

  • Sabala: Providing health awareness and life skills for adolescent girls

    Project Sabala was launched under the Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls by the Ministry of Women and Child, Government of India in 2010. The project aimed to address the mutlidimensional problems of adoelscent girls. Bijapur district in Karnataka was one of the 200 districts chosen from across the country to pilot the scheme. KHPT implemented Sabala in Mudhol, Jamkhandi and Biligi talukas in the district. The project reached adolescent girls, aged 9 to 17 years, from scheduled caste and tribes and devadasi or traditional female sex worker communities primarily focusing on giving them health awareness and life skills. It covered 750 adolescent girls and their families from 2010 to 2012.