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Educate & Empower 50 girls from Rural India



Will Urvi realize her dreams? That's a question only you can answer. Because only your support will decide whether she'll take the next big step of secondary education and realise her true potential. Project Nanhi Kali ensures 10 years of quality education for underprivileged girl children in tribal, rural and urban slums in India. Currently it empowers over 75,000 girl children like Urvi through 9 states by providing them with academic, material and social support

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Sheopur, a former dacoit prone area, is situated on a border and by definition border districts are neglected. Forests cover 43% of the district making access difficult. Agriculture is the main occupation and majority of the people are landless labourers who migrate seasonally in search of work. The male-female divide is apparent-female literacy is at 44% compared to male literacy of 70%. As with any poverty-stricken area with a mix of rural & tribal population, crime is rampant.

How will this project solve this problem?

Once a girl is selected as a Nanhi Kali (the primary criteria for selection is poor, economic and social status), she receives academic support, material support (including stationery, school uniforms, shoes and personal hygiene material) and social support. The project ensures that all the Nanhi Kalis are regular in Academic Support Centers to ensure grade specific learning. It is also communicated to the parents that the project will support the girl child's education till class 10.

Potential Long Term Impact

1.Reduction in drop-out rates of girls. 2.Improvement in health, hygiene and nutrition of the children. 3.Improvement in the child sex ratio 4.Education of the girl child deals with issues like child marriage, child labour and dowry 5.The project empowers the girls, their families and communities as a whole 5.An educated woman is well equipped to handle social and economic problems. 6.Investing in girl child education leads to the nation achieving its Millennium development goals.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $3,454
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $1,046
Total Funding Goal: $4,500


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Project Leader

Swati Srivastava

Mumbai, Maharashtra India

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