The Child Brides: Send Them to School instead

 
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Teaching girls in Rajasthan
Teaching girls in Rajasthan

It’s been an exciting quarter for Educate Girls! We now operate in three districts of Rajasthan and impact more than 5,000 rural schools. Our program is expanding and we recently welcomed 400 new Team Balika members on board! These volunteers act as champions of girls’ education inside their community, where they make sure all girls are enrolled and retained into school.

We were particularly thrilled last July to host our first panel discussions in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. These events publicly introduced our Payment-by-Results (PbR) initiative, a solution to fund our programs depending on their effective results. This financing scheme requires different actors working together to ensure we deliver the best possible outcomes to our beneficiaries!

Our pilot program has already been launched in the district of Sirohi, where it will be run in approximately 200 schools until 2015. During these two years, our team will make sure that more girls benefit from quality education and have access to infrastructures that match their basic needs.

Now it’s your time to help! Your donation can make all the difference by sending Indian girls back to school and offering them the bright future they deserve! Thank you for your generous contribution!

Donate now to educate girls
Donate now to educate girls

 

Thank you again for your donations: with your support we have achieved a lot! These last three years, much has been done to enroll and retain girls into local government schools. In Pali, the number of out-of-school girls as per the government’s child tracking survey has been decreasing from 11,243 in 2010 to 9,438 in 2013. 88% of the out of school girls in this district  are now in school and learning through creative and interactive class room sessions.

Nonetheless there is still a lot to be done, as only 74% of the girls are enrolled in some of the blocks where Educate Girls operates in Jalore district. What is more, many girls from rural Rajasthan are also married off before they reach the legal age. They have to quit school to take care of their husbands  and family without a chance to improve their life conditions.

This is why we have to maintain our efforts to offer these girls the schooling they deserve. Education equips them with skills and knowledge that will prove to be useful for the rest of their life. But to succeed, we need your help! Every cent counts and word-of-mouth can go a long way.

It is quite easy to support our interventions. You can start by telling at least five of your friends about our work and encourage them to donate to our cause.

Remember that on June 11th, on GlobalGiving's Bonus Reward Day your donations may be matched up to 50%! If's never been so easy to create an impact and help girls get educated!  

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Send girls to school!
Send girls to school!

Our latest "Send Child Brides to School" campaign raised awareness on the alarming situation of girls in Rajasthan, where 68% of them are married before the age of 18. To give them a better future and ensure their well-being, this tradition has to change in favor of education. Since 2007, Educate Girls tries to improve the quality of teaching and of school infrastructures by leveraging existing resources and empowering rural communities.

Thanks to your generosity, we have managed to enroll thousands of girls into schools in the last five years. We are proud of this incredible success but we keep in mind that there are still 4,000 young girls who remain out-of-school in the gender-gap districts of Pali and Jalore. This is why our staff works hand in hand with the government, the villagers and the teaching staff to create an impact in the field.

Unfortunately Pali and Jalore are not the only gender-gap districts in India. We have thus recently extended our program to Sirohi, where the literacy rate is alarmingly low (56.02%). We will now supervise another 542 villages, reaching out to 200,000 children - 90,000 of which are girls. We hope to make an impact and to give more options to these girls regarding their choices in life – but to do so we need your help!

We request you to support our interventions by telling at least five of your friends about our work and encourage them to donate.
Let’s change these girls’ lives and send them to school! Donate now to make gender inequality history!

W for Work
W for Work

“W for Work” is the last poster of our campaign. It emphasizes the difficult condition of many young Rajasthani girls who have exchanged school work for household work.

Did you know that …

  • More than 17 million children work in India
  • Rural areas concentrate 90% of the Indian working children

The Right to Education Bill, states that no child is supposed to work.  Yet in India, especially in rural areas such as Rajasthan, millions of children still have to work to help sustain their families. Unfortunately, no laws protect children from doing exhausting house chores or spending several hours a day doing agricultural work.

Education is not part of every child’s daily life. Almost half of the girls who drop out of school do so because their families require them to take care of the household. They lack opportunities to get educated, play and experiment a proper childhood.

Statistics show that a large number of girls aged 6 to 14 spend nearly eight hours a day taking care of their siblings, instead of spending time in a classroom. Educate Girls send these girls to school instead.

Join our “Send Child Brides to School” campaign and support us to send every girl child to school.

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M for Marriage
M for Marriage

“Child marriage is a fundamental human rights violation and impacts all aspects of a girl’s life. It denies a girl of her childhood, disrupts her education, limits her opportunities, increases her risk to be a victim of violence and abuse and jeopardizes her health” – United Nations

In India, the legal age for marriage is 18. The ‘M’ for marriage poster is our attempt to highlight the fact that despite this, a shocking 46% of girls in the country become victims of child marriage.

Pulled out of school and married off for dowry, to pass off the ‘burden’ or just because of village customs, child marriages start from the age of 12-13. It is common knowledge that in these marriages there is a high chance that the girl is subjected to abuse or worse.

Educate Girls, with your help, is trying to change that. By keeping girls in school, we convince the parents to push back the date of marriage. More than that, the girls get empowered. She can make better life decisions, choose her own career and even take care of her family better.

When a girl is educated, she consciously and unconsciously educates those around her. Empower young girls and start a ripple effect. 

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Organization

Educate Girls

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
http://www.educategirls.in

Project Leader

Safeena Husain

Executive Director
Mumbai, MH India

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