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Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 150 Girls in India

 
$49,843
$14,157
Raised
Remaining

Summary

Help some of poorest girls in Uttar Pradesh avoid child marriages and break the cycle of poverty by sending them to school & helping them save for the future. 150 girls will receive free tuition, healthy meals, clothes, school supplies, healthcare & family support services and, upon graduation, proceeds from a savings account that grows with every year of their schooling. The fund, free education and other services provide a strong disincentive to child marriage, still a common practice here.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The terrible practice of child marriage is still very common in this area of Uttar Pradesh. Many poor parents see girls as a burden, marry them off by 12 or 13 and send them to live with their husbands' families. Many are little more than servants in their new homes and often bear children while still children themselves. Unable to read & write, unprepared to care for their children & unaware of their rights, they are easily exploited and abused, & destined for lives of deep, continuing poverty

How will this project solve this problem?

Education & delaying marriage are two proven pathways out of poverty for girls. 80% of the 1400 students in FFLV's schools are very poor, low-caste girls. We create many incentives to get parents to enroll their daughters: free tuition, clothing, daily meals, health care, & priority in admission for siblings. Our Save the Girls Fund creates individual savings accounts girls access when they graduate & may use however they choose: for higher education, to start a business, or for their dowries.

Potential Long Term Impact

FFLV empowers girls in & around Vrindavan to escape poverty. By delaying marriage until adulthood, girls will be healthier & more capable of caring for themselves and their families. Literate and aware of their rights, they will better advocate for themselves & raiser healthier, better educated children. Some will even pursue professions like teaching & nursing, once inconceivable for girls of their caste and economic status. 100 poor girls, their immediate & future families will benefit.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $49,843
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $14,157
Total Funding Goal: $64,000

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Organization

Care for Vrindavan

Saratoga Springs, NY, United States
http://www.fflvrindavan.org

Project Leader

Sri Radhika Dasi

Secretary to the Director
Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh India

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