Empowering Poor Girls in India with life skills

 
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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

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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!

Oct 26, 2011

Fall Update: Equipping Poor Girls with Life Skills

Greetings friends,

Since my last report to you, we’ve been busy identifying ways to strengthen our support to girls in India. We've also achieved an exciting milestone. Since launching our flagship program in India in January 2007, Reach has equipped more than 1,183,858 adolescent girls and women in community savings groups with life changing education.

Equipping women and girls with basic knowledge and skills about home-based health practices, livelihoods and family finance, enables them to take greater control over resources to protect their health, improve their families’ income, and manage money. 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.

I know you share my belief that investing in adolescent girls and women is both the right thing to do and smart, and I invite you to support our work this Fall by making a donation that you feel is personally meaningful.

Thank you again!

Sean Kline

Executive Director

P.S. Follow us on twitter and facebook

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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Reach Global

Oakland, CA, United States
http://www.reach-global.org

Project Leader

Sean Kline

Executive Director
Berkeley, CA United States

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