Babita, Bijerani, Sangeeta and Sanee
Migrant laborers have begun trickling back to the brick kilns of Mewat, Haryana state, from their homes in the neighboring state of Uttar Pradesh. Visiting on October 19, we found the family of Rameshwar and Anguri Devi was among the first to arrive after the kilns' closure for the summer monsoons. We were happy to see that their children Babita, Bijerani, Sangeeta and Shanshee would be riding our bus transportation to school again this year, one grade up from the last time we saw them. Moreover, the Devis hope to find work delivering bricks throughout the region when the monsoons come next summer, allowing them to stay in Mewat year round. If they are successful, there will be no disruption to the children's attendance either at the end of this academic year or at the start of the new one.
Also with the Devis was another migrant family they knew in their home town outside of Agra (the city of the Taj Majal). This year they opted to migrate with the Devis to Mewat to try working in the kilns, and when our bus - funded by YOU - comes to pick up the Devis' children, their son Sanee will go to school for the first time in his life.
GUESS WHAT? WE HAVE EXCITING NEWS!
We know you care about Indian children's right to education, so we thought we would tell you about another GlobalGiving project that was recently selected to participate in an exciting competition happening RIGHT NOW!
Girls in rural India face enormous challenges when it comes to getting to school. With secondary school located as much as ten kilometers away, they are subject to harrassment or even aggression when walking through unfamiliar villages. This is why we provide safe, chaperoned bus transportation to approximately 100 girls in Mewat, Haryana—the most regressive districts in terms of girls’ education in all of India.
Lotus Outreach has been selected to participate in the first ever Girl Effect Challenge. Between now and November 15, we are competing with approximately 50 other organizations around the world to become one of six beneficiaries of the Girl Effect Fund, a collective giving pool that has raised nearly $700,000 to date.
By becoming a Girl Effect partner, we will not only receive significant financial support for our Blossom Bus project in 2012, but we will also get critical exposure to Girl Effect fans around the world. Need proof that this will make a difference? The Girl Effect has 17,500 followers on Twitter, 260,000 "likes" on Facebook and nearly 1,000,000 views on YouTube! And it isn't hard to see why the Girl Effect is so popular: watch this video to learn why.
WE CAN’T WIN WITHOUT YOUR HELP
Between now and November 15, our Blossom Bus project must recruit as many unique donors as possible. We are asking all of our supporters to give just $10 during this time period to help us win the competition. Every donation raised during this period will not only bring us one step closer to our dream of partnering with Girl Effect, but will ensure adolescent girls in Mewat, India can safely return to school. By providing bus transportation, we will help many of these girls escape childhood marriage and become the first girls to reach high school in the history of their villages!
You can make your $10 donation today.
HELP US GO GUERRILLA
We know we can do this! You helped Lotus Outreach win a similar challenge in 2009. But we also know how important it is to get our supporters mobilized and engaged. Please tell your friends, family and colleagues about this competition and ask them to pledge their support. Every donation counts so please help us spread the word far and wide through email, Facebook and Twitter!
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Blossom Bus girls in rural Mewat