Student awarded Davis Projects for Peace Award for mental health focused social project, Humsafar
Astitva Jindal, a final year BSc Economics and Finance student within the School of Economics and Finance has recently been awarded a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace Award for his social start up Humsafar (We are together).
Humsafar (We are together), is a social organisation launched in New Delhi, India, which aims to break free from the stigma associated with mental health problems by starting a conversation amongst economically and socially deprived children at government schools.
The name ‘Humsafar’ is an Urdu word, which literally means companion.
Speaking about the project, Astivita said:
“Through this project, I want people to realise that they are not alone in this journey of mental peace and stability. The only way to fight is to stand together holding each other with love, encouragement and support.”
“While this programme will be a first step for these communities towards mental wellbeing, our aim is to highlight its importance to the school administration and create an opportunity for students to talk openly about their problems. We will measure the short-term impact of the project while ensuring a long-term solution.”
The project is expected to take place in schools in July-August 2022.
Keep up to date about the Humsafar project via LinkedIn.
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