Reach Global works closely with its local partner Reach India to monitor ways in which adolescent girls are adopting new knowledge, skills and practices after participating in Reach education. I've reported some of the exciting impacts we've seen in India among girls as a result the work you support. Given these impacts, we have looked for opportunities to apply our learning and expertise to support girls elsewhere while we continue work in India.
In May, for example, Reach Global traveled to Istanbul, Turkey for the International Summit of Child and Youth Finance. During the Summit, we trained the staffs of 10 African microfinance institutions on "Monitoring Financial and Non-Financial Outcomes for Youth.” This training was designed specifically to help institutions regularly measure how well they are supporting boys and girls to save, adopt positive money management practices and increase their economic security.
We've since followed up this training to provide on-site support to the staffs of these 10 institutions in their home countries across Africa. One of the institutions we support is PAMACAS in Senegal, which is providing youth a safe place to save and reminding them to save regularly for their future using text messages, such as the one below:
HAVE YOU THOUGHT OF YOUR FUTURE?
Set your savings goal!
Don't forget “little by little the bird makes its nest.”
Reach Global is excited to assist organizations like PAMECAS in Africa to support youth, especially adolescent girls, and to help them leverage technology like mobile phones, to do this in ways that are appropriate and effective. We’re also excited to be taking learning from Africa back to India to continue our work there supporting adolescent girls.
I invite you to make a donation at the link below or at our website to continue supporting this work on behalf of girls.
Thank you again!
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.
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:
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.
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!
P.S. As always, your tax-deductible donation made online through Global Giving or at Reach Global's website is quick, easy and safe.
This Fall has brought some exciting new developments at Reach Global!
We've recently partnered with Equality & Opportunity Foundation to support a pioneering new approach to low-cost housing for poor women, girls and their families in India and Bangladesh.
Poor quality housing leaves families vulnerable to financial, health and environmental hazards, which contribute to illness, low productivity and greater vulnerability. Moreover, current housing is very expensive for poor families. In peri-urban Dhaka, for example, a 120 square foot shelter of bamboo mat, tin, bricks and mud, costs $1,500 - $3,000 for a family that typically makes $1,000 - $3,000 per year. And sub-standard building practices mean a family faces this cost every 2-4 years just to maintain their structure. Reach Global is supporting Equality & Opportunity Foundation to provide houses that are:
Thank you for your continued support! It enables us to continue innovating on behalf of, and supporting 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.
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