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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” 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 …
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.
“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.
You will be happy to know that, Educate Girls' completed five years on 5th December 2012. The last five years wouldn't have been possible without your support and encouragement. We take this opportunity to thank you for supporting us in this journey.
We are in the second year of implementing our project "Child Brides: Send them to School instead" and our presence in 4,425 schools has helped us to make quality education available to almost half a million girls. We have successfully enrolled over 21,000 out of school girls from Pali and Jalore into rejuvenated government schools.We now aspire to reach out to over 64,000 girls by the end of 2016, for which we require your support.
We would also like to thank you for your contribution to our project during the Girl Effect GlobalGiving Challenge. Your donation helped us reach the number seven position. Even though we were unable to be among the six finalists, we were humbled by the overwhelming response and support that we received from each one of you. Once again thank you very much for your generous contributions.
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