Hello! I am Ayushi Bhardwaj, a High School student from Irvine, California.
DeviPower is my simple gesture of giving, and is a project to encapsulate all of the zest and passion I have for women's rights into a manifested path towards societal change in India. By fundraising for Self-Defense training sessions and sharing Self-Defense lessons in Hindi for Indian girls to practice at home, I aim to contribute the most I can towards positive societal change.
As a martial artist who directs every kick and punch with utmost conviction and heartfelt intention, I am grateful to have realized the abundance of confidence, composure and self-esteem that Self-Defense can gift an individual, notably a girl.
Self-Defense involves both internal confidence and physical strength, along with an assured voice. While training can gift a sense of external firmness, an individual's Self-Defense journey starts with an unwavering belief in themselves.
It is known that India has a high incidence of rape, and while this stark reality brings me despair, I am consistently trying to convert that feeling into one of motivation and desperation to help.
As our beloved Mahatma Gandhi once advised: "Be the Change in the World you want to See!" Change, whether minute, or expansive, is positive progression all the same.
Please help me take part in change and illuminate girls in India by visiting the "Nourish and Cherish" tab and contributing your part to worldwide happiness, through instilling inner confidence and cultivating outer strength in Indian girls.
Ayushi Bhardwaj - Founder
Girls in India are talented, kind and beautiful young manifestations of goddesses. At DeviPower, we aim to help them wear inner confidence on their sleeves and help them cultivate a warm sense of personal protection through Self-Defense. They are all on a quest to accomplishing their dreams despite adversity, and are performing well.
Numbers don't lie. It is reported that an Indian woman is raped every 15 minutes, which is an intensely painful and infuriating statistic. Young girls whose realities don't consist of more than innocent smiles and playing with dolls are also in danger. Countless stories of toddlers and older women alike reveal that rape and sexual assault is a crisis in India.
Girls in India need to be empowered so that their ambitions in life are not overshadowed by societal threats. DeviPower shares educational resources to show the powerful art of inner and outer strength, and raises money to fund Self-Defense training so that small-town Indian girls who commute can always walk forwards with an unconcerned smile.
"AAS" in Hindi means Hope: Whole-hearted, passionate and sweet hope for goodness.
AAS is located in Indore, India and was established in 2005.
AAS aims to "serve the society and make it more capable to face challenges of deprived groups, especially women and children." Having trained over 100,000 little ones on safe touch, and having rescued over 5000 children from abusive situations, the movement serves as a beacon of positivity. DeviPower has partnered with AAS to teach Self-Defense to young girls, and empower them with utmost conviction and overflowing Hope.
Asha, a victorious rape survivor and empowered woman, will be leading the Self-Defense training that DeviPower is sponsoring through your generous support. Having won international awards in martial arts, Asha is not only physically capable, but also internally powerful, serving as a influential teacher and an inspiration to all around the globe.
Watch girls learn moves with trainers in the AAS organization and master them with a huge smile. It can be seen with each move they perform that they are entirely capable, and only need a chance to learn.
Watch how the AAs organization has vibrantly sparked young joy through its "Safe Childhood" project by promoting soft skills like Self-Defense, Child Protection, and Gender.
Urvashi Sahni shares a heartfelt narrative about the unequal opportunities for girls in India and the threatening circumstances. She emphasizes that the trauma that many women in India endure is from nothing less than stark chauvinistic and patriarchal terrorism. Sahni describes the immense capacity education has as a tool to battle the heartbreaking thought within 50% of Indian girls' minds: "I don't want to be a girl".
Flavia Agnia shares her personal story as an abuse survivor and takes a judicial perspective to reveal how the immediate solution of creating a law amending for societal imperfections, notably sexual assault, can often falter and fall inadequate. She explains how the rape crisis in India derives to corrupted views, but its genesis is also in the broken law system, with hundreds of thousands of rape cases pending without resolution.