Project Nanhi Kali currently supports the education of over 100,000 underprivileged girl children across 10 states in India. It is a national sponsorship program which provides academic and material support to underprivileged girl children in primary and secondary classes, so that they can achieve grade specific learning competency levels. The project helps in curtailing the high drop out rate of girl children and aims to strengthen the existing education system in India.
India has 1/6th of the world's population and 1/3rd of the world's poor. The socio-economic composition of children who drop out of school in India suggests that education deprivation occurs most among urban poor, rural and tribal children and within each category the situation of girls is worse than boys because of the perceived and actual costs to households of girls' schooling. Under-educated parents, particularly mothers, do not realize the importance of educating their children.
The project intends to provide academic, material and social support to underprivileged girl children in backward areas of India. The intervention includes academic support in the form of before or after-school classes and material support is provided in the form of schoolbags, shoes, books, uniforms, lunchboxes and other essentials that help a girl go to school with dignity. Project Nanhi Kali also mobilizes communities of parents, teachers and village elders to make them active stakeholders.
1. Reduction in the Drop out rates of girl children. 2. Increase in attendance and performance of the girl children in school 3. Improvement in Child sex ratio 4. Education of girl children deals with social issues like child labour, child marriage and dowry 5. Educated women empowered to handle social and economic problems