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A young girl’s attempt to save Mizoram’s youth from the trauma of substance & psychological abuse

Hidden away in the extreme corner of the country, Mizoram is filled with luscious green forests, a rolling hilly landscape, limitless love for football and an indomitable Mizo spirit. The state was officially born in 1987 and in more than thirty years from that historic date, currently, its million inhabitants can boast about the fact that it remains only behind Kerala in terms of literacy rate and has a higher GDP per capita than states like Rajasthan, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. But the backbone of this peaceful and quietly successful state can be traced back to the rough transitional phase which shaped its identity. Mizoram’s adolescent period grappled with insecurity, toil and violence. It successfully navigated that crucial and tender period to emerge as a self-sufficient state, but today thousands of its own citizens find themselves at the same crossroads. Coming to terms with their biological growth, increased pressure and an unrelenting thirst to search for their identity, the majority of adolescents lose their way adapting to these changes. Bringing them back on track is one of Mizoram’s own citizen Esther Laltleipuii whose initiative “Grace Foundation” provides adolescent kids with a platform to grow and create a positive outlook for their future.

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