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2 teen girls run mental health awareness programs at govt schools, orphanages

Two teenage girls, Rhea Thakkal and Ankitha Reddy, from Hyderabad have been running a successful initiative ‘Vishwasa’ to create awareness about mental health and teach life skills to students at government schools and orphanages across the city.

The 16-year-old duo founded the NGO ‘Vishwasa’ in 2019 with an aim to create awareness about mental health in school children alongside conducting life skill sessions.

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The two girls said that after conducting around 70 interviews in government schools and orphanages, they found out that most of the children have self-doubts about their goals, so they decided to encourage them to reach their dream goal.

“We encourage them to dream. We conduct sessions on concentration, gender equality, body shaming, racism, and several other aspects as a part of life skills teaching program,” Rhea added.

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