Reach Global

Reach Global is an international nongovernmental, non-sectarian organization whose mission is to equip millions of very poor girls and women with the knowledge and skills to activate their most powerful asset-themselves. Reach does this by designing life changing education on health, livelihoods and family finance, and replicating its delivery in the world's poorest communities.
May 7, 2013

Promoting Positive Deviance!

The power of Positive Deviants!
The power of Positive Deviants!

In our effort to build on what’s working in communities already, we pay a lot of attention to "positive deviants"—girls and women in a community who model smart practices, such as hand washing, using a mosquito net, saving for a goal or eating nutritional food.

In addition to equipping girls and women with new knowledge and skills, Reach education highlights the practices of positive deviants to make educational lessons even more relevant and powerful for their peers, and family and community members.

If you'd like to read more about the power of positive deviants, check out this New York Times article from March.

It’s clear that momentum is building and others believe, as we do, that investing in adolescent girls and women is both the right thing to do and smart for families, communities and society. We thank you for your belief in our work and invite you to contribute to it by making a donation at the link below or at our website.

Thank you again!

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Jan 25, 2013

Continually Learning to Support Women and Girls

In addition to designing education, training and building partnerships and new programs to support women and adolescent girls across the developing world, we undertake research to help understand the impact of our work.

We recently published an article on the results of such research in the International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health titled, "Leveraging Microfinance to Impact HIV and Financial Behaviors Among Adolescents and their Mothers in West Bengal, India." The article is based on a rigorous, independent, three-year study of the impact of our education on the lives of women and girls. I've summarized some of the findings below.

Girls who participated in Reach education were:

  • More confident talking to their family about a healthy diet and treating diarrhea
  • More confident prioritizing spending
  • 14 times more likely to give advice about condoms to peers
  • 3 times more likely to have heard of sexually transmitted diseases and know how HIV is transmitted; that condoms can prevent HIV; that HIV can be transferred from mother to infant; where to get an HIV test; and to ask for clean needles.
Mothers who participated in Reach education were:
  • More confident preventing diarrhea
  • More confident bargaining and prioritizing spending
  • More knowledgeable about HIV and how it is transmitted
  • 3 times more likely to ask for clean needles
  • 5 times more likely to give advice about using condoms to their peers

It’s clear that momentum is building and others believe, as we do, that investing in adolescent girls and women is both the right thing to do and smart. We thank you for your belief in our work and invite you to support it by making a donation.

Thank you again!

Links:

Dec 26, 2012

Wishing you a happy festival of light!

Reach Global wishes you all a happy festival of light!

Early in the New Year we'll be finalizing new education for adolescent girls to equip them to make better decisions about their sexual and reproductive rights and health, including age of marriage and first child. These two decisions have tremendous implications for girls’ health and livelihoods. I'll share more of this exciting work shortly in another update. 

For now I want to thank you for your continued support!

Sean Kline

Executive Director

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