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Apr 26, 2016

Action through plays!

Students put on a play for their school
Students put on a play for their school

Since our last update, Milaan has been working with students on activating their peer groups and communities surrounding key issues. This Holi, students at a KGBV (Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya), a government school for marginalized girls, in Balrampur, Uttar Pradesh, presented a play on the importance of girls in society.

The play was led by a Milaan Girl Icon Fellow and performed in front of the entire school. The smiling faces that cheered the play on represent students challenged by circumstances and societal attitudes, many with dreams to change their community themselves.

Girls from rural backgrounds, like many of these students, face daunting barriers in completing their education. Only 1 in 100 girls complete 12th grade in rural India according to Dasra.

Later, the Milaan Team visited the surrounding village of another student, at her request, and spoke with her family on allowing all the girls in the family to attend school.

It’s students like this who Milaan believes can create a real and lasting shift in societal views surrounding educating girls. We’re looking forward to continuing to work with these changemakers – with your help!

We’d love to stay in touch, so please reach out regarding our work and the wonderful changemakers we work with!

Creating a difference with peers!
Creating a difference with peers!
Jan 29, 2016

Girls Taking Action in Their Communities

Sahiba speaks with interested participants
Sahiba speaks with interested participants

Dear Milaan Champions,

This past December, girls who had passed out of our first capacity building training in October for Girl Icon Fellows, reached out to their communities as part of the UnManifesto Program.

Working in cordination with the non-profits Commutiny and Pravah, two young women from the state of Uttar Pradesh, presented what they felt their youth manifesto for their communities should be in Delhi and Lucknow.

Khushboo, 18 years old, and Sahiba, 17 years old, worked tiresly with the Milaan team to examine how the youth of her community wants to create change in their communities.

Thank you for your support, and please stay in touch for more on the wonderful hereos we work with!

Speaking with the community
Speaking with the community
Khushboo speaks out in Lucknow
Khushboo speaks out in Lucknow

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Nov 10, 2015

You did it!

The library in September
The library in September

Dear Milaan Reading Champions,

 

You did it! Over the past several months, it has been overwhelming to see the international encouragement for Milaan and our budding library. Together, we've raised enough money to create a space of imagination and reading in rural Sitapur District, India.

It's thanks to you that our once empty library space is now host to bright tables and shelves and a projector stands ready to educate students with same langauge subtitles. We have you to thank for the hundreds of books that students now have access to in the rural village of Kantain.

In the coming months, we're looking forward to using our new library for storytelling, tutoring, movie showings, rehersals, and expanding young minds.

In the meantime, as it gets colder in the Milaan School, we're opening up another project to support the Milaan Outreach Program. This program works to target adolescent girls in government schools located around Uttar Pradesh.

Understanding that 1 in 100 girls makes it to Class 12 in India, Milaan works to equip adolescent girls with the training and learning to educate and transform their own rural communities surrounding educating girls.

We would like to invite you to be the first to check out our new project below. We're looking forward to your continued support!

 

Warmly,

Library desks are ready to be placed!
Library desks are ready to be placed!
New paintings attract students
New paintings attract students

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