Educate Girls

Our Vision "We aim to achieve behavioral, social and economic transformation towards an India, where all children have equal opportunities to access quality education." Our Mission Educate Girls works to reform government schools for girls' education by leveraging existing community and government resources. Our goal is to improve access and quality of education for 4 million children living in underserved communities in India by 2016.
Oct 18, 2011

How rural girl Leela became a girls' leader

Leela, 15, part-time enrolled, rural Rajasthan
Leela, 15, part-time enrolled, rural Rajasthan

On October 19th, it is GlobalGiving's LAST Bonus Day of the year! Starting at 12:01 am EDT, GlobalGiving will be matching all donations (up to $1,000 per donor, per project) at 30%. GlobalGiving has $100,000 available in matching funds. Don't miss a special opportunity to make a small donation with a big impact! 

Lately, we posted the story of Timi, a 13-year old girl from the tribal belt in Rajasthan. The fact that Timi is a farmer's only child and a girl reduces the chance that her parents will ever let her go to school, because who would then tend the goats? And who would do all the hard work young girls in rural India are often condemned to? Nevertheless, our field workers keep on visiting her home regularly and try convincing her father to enroll his girl at least part-time, a deal that can often be agreed on.

This was the case with Leela, a 15-year old girl, now part-time enrolled to a public school in Bali tribal belt, Rajasthan. Her parents finally agreed on sending her to school half a day, so she could still manage to do her duties.

In the morning, she studies Hindi, English and Maths. Very eager to learn, she has made great progress and grown a confident young lady. Leela was recently elected as one of the school’s Bal Sabhas members. As a girl’s leader she participates in life skills activites and motivates other girls to learn.

Back home in the afternoon, she helps her sisters with the rural girl’s everyday duties: fetching water and collecting fire wood for the evening meal. Finally having time for homework, Leela teaches her younger sisters what she has learned at school.

There are still more than 5000 girls out there in rural Rajasthan with the potential of Leela. Normally, a donation of 30$ will send 10 girls to school, providing them with a basic education and turning them into an active part of society. On October 19th however – with a little luck and fingers crossed – GlobalGiving will multiply the impact of your donation.

Thanks again for your support.

 

 

 

 

 

A happy girl packs her schoolbag
A happy girl packs her schoolbag
She
She's made great progress in Hindi reading & Math
She has many friends now and loves to go to school
She has many friends now and loves to go to school
After school she helps her sisters with the chores
After school she helps her sisters with the chores
She can teach her sisters what she has learned
She can teach her sisters what she has learned

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Oct 18, 2011

How to turn a rural girl into a confident leader

Leela, 15, part-time enrolled, rural Rajasthan
Leela, 15, part-time enrolled, rural Rajasthan

There is a special opportunity to make a small donation with a big impact: On October 19th, it is GlobalGiving's LAST Bonus Day of the year! Starting at 12:01 am EDT, GlobalGiving will be matching all donations (up to $1,000 per donor, per project) at 30%. GlobalGiving has $100,000 available in matching funds. What you can achieve with only US$ 20? 

A small donation can turn a rural girl into a girls' leader, like Leela, 15 years old, from the tribal belt in Rajasthan. Her parents finally agreed on sending her to school half a day, so she could still manage to do her duties. 

In the morning, she studies Hindi, English and Maths in a public school in Bali. Very eager to learn, she has made great progress and grown a confident young lady. Leela was recently elected as one of the school’s Bal Sabhas members. As a girl’s leader she participates in life skills activites and motivates other girls to learn.

Back home in the afternoon, she helps her sisters with the rural girl’s everyday duties: fetching water and collecting fire wood for the evening meal. Finally having time for homework, Leela teaches her younger sisters what she has learned at school.

Please help us making more deals with parents and turn many more girls like Leela into confident young leaders!

 

 

 

 

A happy girl packs her schoolbag
A happy girl packs her schoolbag
On the way to school
On the way to school
Leela enjoys her morning classes
Leela enjoys her morning classes
She
She's made many friends at school
After school she helps her sisters with the chores
After school she helps her sisters with the chores
Finally, after dinner she has time for homework!
Finally, after dinner she has time for homework!
And time to teach her sisters what she has learned
And time to teach her sisters what she has learned

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Oct 12, 2011

Spending a day with rural girl Timi

Timi, 13, never enrolled, possible child bride
Timi, 13, never enrolled, possible child bride

Here's a sneak-peak into life of one of the many farmers' girls from the tribal belt in Rajasthan. Timi is an only child, her father suffers from a handicapped foot and is unable to work. Her mother leaves the village every day for a small town nearby where she carries out general level work to procure the family’s miniscule daily wages.

2 Educate Girls interns recently spent a day with Timi at her home to learn more about the daily life of a non-school going girl in rural India. They watched her carry out her duties from the cleaning of the family home and preparation of rotis before sunrise to the feeding and milking of the family’s goats, collection of water and firewood, preparation of the family dinner and another cleanup of the home before taking rest.

Particularly unsettling was a moment when Timi, on the farm tending to the goats, witnessed a band of girls walking together in uniform to the local school.

When asked, Timi described her feeling toward her current situation as “confused and torn” – she feels a very strong sense of duty to her mother and father but would also love to be at school with the other children her age. Without and education she voiced that she sees a future of early marriage, children and the same repetitive daily duties that she undertakes today.

Educate Girls recognizes the enormity of work of, in particular, farming families and how valuable a resource the children are on the farms. Many individual cases have been negotiated between Educate Girls and the out-of-school-girl families, in which girls may attend a half-day at school so that house and farm work does not suffer. On this particular day, Timi’s father approached Educate Girls to discuss the prospect of re-enrolling Timi in school.

 

Looking after the family
Looking after the family's most valuable asset
Witnessing other girls on their way to school
Witnessing other girls on their way to school
Collecting firewood is one of Timi
Collecting firewood is one of Timi's daily duties
Timi eats her lunch in solitude, with the goats
Timi eats her lunch in solitude, with the goats
Milking the few goats in the herd that aren
Milking the few goats in the herd that aren't dry
Preparing the sabjee for the family
Preparing the sabjee for the family's dinner
Cleaning up after dinner before she can take rest
Cleaning up after dinner before she can take rest

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