Working in extremely marginalised and disadvantaged communities, to empower women & children through learning opportunities, that can help them break the cycle of poverty.
Insight Walk works in villages that have no direct access to basic facilities, where parents work very long hours and where average household incomes are lower than INR 5,000 – 6,000 per month.
The Innovation and Passion Lab: A community centre that offers programs for children to learn through practical application and develop ways to express themselves. The curriculum includes exposure to subjects like farming, basic electronics, stitching, crafts and product design and also involves bringing artists & musicians from the communities to share their skills.
The Insight Walk Fellowship: A program that engages local women to be inspired into agents of change, thereby strengthening the community ecosystem. Typically, a fellow is someone who couldn’t complete her education for reasons beyond her control. Insight Walk trains the fellows on the Door Step School curriculum, which focuses on basic literacy, practical experiments and hobby development. The fellows also receive weekly mentorship to address their challenges at the lab as well as at home.
The curriculum is focused on hands-on learning, innovation, scientific curiosity and engaging the child’s immediate surroundings. Parents & families are frequently engaged at the lab so they feel invested in their child’s progress.
Through the program, both the children and the fellows develop communication skills, interpersonal skills and self-awareness. They are encouraged to address local problems pertaining to their communities and to use materials readily available to them for their solutions.
Bansuri incubated Insight Walk with seed funding to test their unique model and provided mentorship on areas like organisation structure, leadership and financial systems
Bansuri funding and support has helped scale the program from the pilot project of 3 villages in 2018 to 9 villages by 2020.
The children made eco-friendly rakhis and Ganapati idols, where even the dyes were made from vegetables and flowers. These were then sold, and the money collected was gifted to the Gram Panchayat towards flood relief.
While the children are learning to organically farm the patch of land near their school, they have begun to develop practical solutions to problems of farming – such as an electronic grass cutter and farm umbrellas to ease their farming efforts.