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Sep 17, 2018

You made it possible!

        “Education is extremely important for girls. It is a tool to break free and be independent.”

Rajkumari comes from a village called Faridpur where she lives with her parents and five siblings. “Being a girl, I have always felt I didn’t have an identity of my own: I had always been known by my father or my elder brother’s name,” says Rajkumari.

This is the reason why Rajkumari aspires to become a District Magistrate to make her own identity and be known by HER name. When this 18-year-old came to the Girl Icon Program two years back she lacked self confidence. Rajkumari comes from a feudal community where women do not enjoy the same freedom as men. Initially she was not allowed to travel alone outside of her community. “Being a Girl Icon has given me the strength and confidence to fight for my rights. I can travel alone now because my family has the confidence in me and most importantly because I have confidence in myself,” says Rajkumari.

Rajkumari has passed her Class 12 examinations. She wants to pursue higher education but her elder brother discourages her. However, with her father’s support, she knows she will get into a good college. “Milaan has been very supportive. They are a family. They not only support me but they are counselling my parents and helping me to identify colleges. Because of Milaan I can continue my education.” says Rajkumari.

Rajkumari feels she has gained a lot of knowledge around health, gender and rights through the Girl Icon trainings. Her learnings and exposure during the trainings have helped her facilitate better meetings with her peer members. As part of her larger initiative as a Girl Icon, Rajkumari has helped girls in her community go back to school.

I have helped 16 girls from my village to go back to education. It was tough to convince the families, but I was not ready to give up.” The girls are now enrolled in Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh.

You made it possible for Rajkumari  to bring a lasting change in many lives. With your continued support many Rajkumari's are weaving stories that inspire and driving inter-generational and systemic change, especially in economically and socially challenged communities, transforming their communities into inclusive places of opportunity and equality.

Jun 22, 2018

Wave of change!

Girl Icon Rajeshwari
Girl Icon Rajeshwari

Dear Milaan Champions,

Girl Icon Rajeshwari from Hubbali, Karnataka is brining in a wave of change this summer in her community at Hubbali, Karnataka. 

Rajeshwari shares “My father is a farmer and my mother works as labour in farm. We have 5 members in our family. My parents are not well educated but my father is able to teach us basic subjects, he helps us in our homework too. His dream was to be educated but his situations did not allow him to be, now he wants to fulfill our dreams at any cost. We love our parents. Sometime i think about the situation at the time of my father, had he got a supportive environment he might have been at a good post and status”. So I want to provide education to every child and it’s their right. Being a Girl icon I will make sure compulsory education for everyone.

Rajeshwari has formed a peer group of 20 girls and is firecessly moving ahead to achieve her goal. Recently under her social action project she conducted a program and invited her village Gram Panchayat President as chief guest along with community members. Seeing her sheer determination and vision the Panchayat president announced and extended support to Rajeshwari from Panchayat to ensure every child especially girls are enrolled in schools and continue their education.

Today, with your support Rajeshwari is confident to achieve her goal. Your continued support is building a movement a girl leaders like Rajeshwari who will use their voice, choice and power to advocate for girl rights. 

As always, thank you for your support for the program! Stay up to date and in touch with us. We always look forward to hearing from you on our program or on our larger work in India.

Rajeshwari addressing community members
Rajeshwari addressing community members
Community members attending the program
Community members attending the program
Jan 22, 2018

Our grassroots leaders are expanding to Hubballi!

Dear Milaan Champion,

We're excited to relay that thanks to your support we are now expanding the program to Karnataka, India! Our team has already recieved over 1000 applications in the district of Hubballi and we will be selecting 25 girl leaders at the end of this month!

We will start the training with our Development Center which will feature 45 girls and then move into our training with the top 25 girls having worked with a total of 45 amazing girls.

We will be sharing photos and videos as we walk along with these girls and we hope you will follow along with us on on our social media channels which are shared below. 

Thank you for your continued support and for being a leader in making this expansion happen!

Milaan Facebook: MilaanBetheChange

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