Hummingbird Raise was both a programme and a coalition. The goal of the Hummingbird Raise was to ensure that the maximum number of adolescents in 24 North and South Parganas, West Bengal had the knowledge, skills, peer support and leadership to bring about change in themselves, their family and peers, and their communities to prevent gender based violence and prevent trafficking.
Through this programme, Hummingbird financially supported one technical partner, Equal Community Foundation, and twelve implementation partner organisations in West Bengal. This programme was implemented in 68 villages and reached out to 4,984 adolescent boys. Towards the end of the programme, 65% boys demonstrated gender-equitable attitudes.
The Hummingbird Raise programme formally ended in August 2017. Partners of the Hummingbird Raise coalition have individual and collective plans for continuing to engage adolescents for the prevention of gender-based violence and trafficking.
To learn more about Equal Community Foundation’s Action for Equality Programme – on which Hummingbird Raise is based – please visit their website.