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 16, 2011

Spring Project Update—Reporting from India

We're in India this month exploring new innovative ways to put self-help solutions into the hands of very poor adolescent girls and women—those most vulnerable to, and at the same time, most instrumental in changing the landscape of poverty here and elsewhere across the developing world. A rigorous, independent, three-year study of the impact of our education illustrates how our work supports positive changes in the lives of girls and women:

Girls who participated in Reach education are:

  • 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, 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; to ask for clean needles.
Mothers who participated in Reach education are:
  • 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

And, of course, across all of our work, we want to see these positive changes for many girls and women. Since our last report, Reach Global has extended its life changing education to an additional 7,662 adolescent girls for a total of 126,413 since launching in India in 2007.

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 empowering girls to help break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families and invite you to support our work by making a donation that you feel is personally meaningful via Global Giving or Reach India's website.

Thank you again!

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Jan 21, 2011

New Year Update on Reach Global's work

Nothing causes more anxiety in a family than when a member faces a life-threatening illness. This is true whether one lives in Europe or North America or in the poorest rural communities of India. There, families often turn to village moneylenders to finance treatment of illnesses at the 11th hour. Consequently, nearly 65% of India’s poor are estimated to fall into debt each year paying for serious health problems, leading them to fall even deeper into poverty. Such poverty impact girls and women disproportionately.

In response, the Indian Government recently launched a nationwide health insurance program—referred to as Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana or RSBY—to provide low-cost health care to millions of families living below the poverty line. The objective of RSBY is to help very poor families protect their household from major health shocks that involve hospitalization. Eligible families are entitled to receive treatment costing up to the equivalent of $700 a year for a nominal fee of just 60¢. The implementation of this health insurance program is an important step toward improving the health security of India’s 100+ million poor families.

However, those who could benefit most from this health insurance are unaware of the program and its benefits. Equipping families with essential information to understand and enroll in the program is a critical step. That’s where Reach comes in.

Reach has partnered with the David & Lucile Packard Foundation to design and disseminate education across 14 of the poorest states of India to equip very poor families to understand and take advantage of this health insurance program.

In 2010 Reach staff members field-tested this important new education among self-help groups of poor women. Women learned how to enroll themselves and family members and access services under RSBY. Reach has just begun training many local organizations to deliver this education to thousands of self-help groups, empowering hundreds of thousands of very poor women with knowledge for a healthier future. 

Since our last report, Reach Global has extended life changing education to an additional 14,167 adolescent girls for a total of 118,751 since launching in India in 2006. It’s clear that momentum is building and others believe, as we do, that investing in adolescent girls and women is smart. We thank you for your belief in our work empowering girls to help break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families and invite you to support our work by making a donation that you feel is personally meaningful via Global Giving or Reach India's website.

Thank you!

 

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Oct 26, 2010

Update on project: "Equipping Poor Girls with Life

Since your gift to Reach Global in December 2009, Reach Global's work in India has progressed to extend life changing education to an additional 17,138 adolescent girls. This education has focused on two themes for adolescent girls: health and money management. To provide you a sense of our work in India, I've attached a link to a short video. We hope you enjoy it!

As we end the calendar year, we are working hard to bring our education to a new generation of girls. Specifically, we hope to launch a new effort in the state of Bihar, India, in which we bring new education on early marriage and sexual and reproductive health to girls. We also seek to couple this with greater availability of condoms, HIV testing and health counseling, to provide girls and young women with the knowledge, products and services they need to start their family when and how they want and need to.

It’s clear that momentum is building and others believe, as we do, that investing in adolescent girls is smart. We thank you for your belief in our work empowering girls to help break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families.

To enable Reach Global to continue to extend education to adolescent girls in India, we need your ongoing support. We invite you to support our work by making a donation at our website: www.reach-global.org.

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