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.
Jul 5, 2012

Helping Srimati and Her Family Sleep Better...and Safer

Srimati with her husband and daughter
Srimati with her husband and daughter

Reach Global’s work continues at an exciting pace. Since 2007, we’ve equipped more than 1,310,732 adolescent girls and women in community-based savings groups (called self-help groups) with critical knowledge and skills about home-based health practices, livelihoods and money management.

These numbers reflect the importance we place on supporting many women, girls and their families. However, what reminds us most that this work is important are individual stories that bring the numbers to life, and exemplify the smart, important role each of us can play in the lives of others.

One special woman our education supports is Srimati Krisku, who lives with her husband and little daughter, Priya, in a rural village north of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). Srimati gathered with the other women in her group to tell us about the impact malaria education has had on their lives. "There is an awakening for us,” Srimati said. “We never knew how malaria works. The program taught us a lot and we are grateful."

Since joining her group, Srimati has seen many changes in her life. “Now there are no problems in the house to manage, because of our self-help group,” Srimati said. “The group comes to help if I cannot work in the field. We build houses together. If there is a wedding, everyone helps. We can solve our problems peacefully.”

When Srimati is not working in the field with her husband, she buys and then sells vegetables at her village market. She has saved enough money to purchase a goat. However, she’s pleased to say she’s even prouder of another purchase she made: a bed net. Reach's Learning Conversations education taught her to treat the net with insecticide to protect her family from malaria. Malaria is widespread in rural areas such as Srimati’s village. In one nearby village, 40 people died of malaria in less than a year.

“I use the mosquito net to prevent malaria. I put the ‘medicine’ on the net. We saw the mosquitoes and flies die. We could sleep better and we are happy.”

We know that when a woman changes the practices in her household the entire family benefits. Girls, the next generation of mothers and entrepreneurs, absorb these practices and integrate them into their future households. This is the powerful multiplier effect of investing in girls and women.

As always, your tax-deductible donation made online through GlobalGiving (see link below) or at Reach Global's website is quick, easy and safe. Your support is vital to our continued support to women like Srimati.

Thank you!

Sean Kline

Executive Director

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Feb 29, 2012

The Importance of Family Planning

Reach Global’s work continues at an exciting pace. Since 2007, we’ve equipped more than 1,290,726 adolescent girls and women in community-based savings groups (called self-help groups) with critical knowledge and skills about home-based health practices, livelihoods and money management.

We know that when a woman changes the practices in her household the entire family benefits. Girls, the next generation of mothers and entrepreneurs, absorb these practices and integrate them into their future households. This is the powerful multiplier effect of investing in girls and women.

Our work this year in India will focus, in particular, on empowering girls and women to make sound choices about their reproductive health. I’ve attached an infographic that highlights why family planning saves the lives of mothers and infants and, therefore why it's such an important area for all of us to support women and girls.

Your support of this work is vital. So, I invite you to consider making a recurring donation at a level that you feel is personally meaningful. We’re excited to announce that an anonymous donor will match a recurring donation made today. Whether a single or recurring donation, your tax-deductible gift made online through GlobalGiving (see link below) or at Reach Global's website is quick, easy and safe.

Thank you again for your support!

Sean Kline

Executive Director

P.S. Follow us on twitter and facebook

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Nov 1, 2011

Bringing Greater Certainty To Poor Girls and Their Families

Dear friends,

Poor girls and their families throughout the developing world live lives of constant uncertainty. From frequent fever from malaria, to diarrhea and dehydration from water-borne diseases, to a poor farming season that leaves family members, especially girls, undernourished.

However, as 17-year-old Neelam Kumari in Jharkhand, India reminded us during a visit, participating in Reach's health and finance "Learning Games" education equips girls and young women like her with life saving and life changing knowledge and skills: “I'm now washing my hands properly” and "able to save something for the future.” Such changes in home-based health and money management practices can change a life of uncertainty to one of greater stability and prosperity.

Please help us to continue supporting girls and their families by donating to Reach Global during the Global Giving Girl Effect Challenge, which ends November 15. Donating a tax-deductable gift online now is quick, easy and safe. Donate here.

Please also take moment to share this message with your friends and colleagues so we can build a larger circle of supporters like you!

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