More than 430 million people in India still live on less than $1 a day—the majority are rural and female. This picture is particularly grave for the estimated 100 million adolescent girls between the ages of 10 and 19 years who are often caught in a cycle of poor health and poverty.
Reach Global is currently developing new education for adolescent girls to equip them to make better decisions about their sexual and reproductive rights and health, including when to marry and when to have their first child. These two decisions have tremendous implications for girls’ health and livelihoods.
I look forward to communicating with you again when many community organizations across rural India have begun facilitating this education among groups of girls, and girls have begun acting on their newfound knowledge, negotiation skills and health practices.
In the meantime, I want to share with you that a photo of one girl we met in rural India is a finalist in Global Giving's Photo Contest. If this photo wins this contest, Reach Global will receive $1,000 and be highlighted on Global Giving's Home Page. So, the single best way you can support our work today is to vote for this photo here. It's that easy!
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