Rashmi, a young girl in India, has a simple dream: of passing class 10. For many of us, this isn't even an aspiration. But for almost 80 million girls, this is where it begins. Girls in India live with restrictions: from being taught early that they will always be second best, to being married off at a young age. Rarely do girls get a say in their own lives. Yet they dream. And you can help girls realise that their dreams aren't impossible to fulfill.
On reaching adolescence, girls are often married to men much older than them, well before they're of legal age. Once married, they fail to deal with the power dynamics in their new homes and are likely to face domestic violence or sexual abuse. These child brides go on to become mothers when they should still be going to school; thus the cycle continues. The reason: A mindset in which girls are not valued, rendering them powerless to make any decisions about their own lives.
The solution is simple: girls need to be valued as individuals and as members of the community, so that they can have control over their lives and bodies. This is where you come in. When you donate to Breakthrough, you help us support girls like Rashmi. You ensure that they continue their education and are equipped to stand up for themselves. They can become leaders and pave the way for other girls around them. They can do this, because of you.
It starts with one dream, but it doesn't end there. With every young girl who gets to go to school, the barriers around girls' freedom continue to erode and norms begin to change. It becomes unacceptable to treat girls as second grade citizens. This isn't something that can be done in one day or by one person. We need all the help you can give. When the change comes, and it is coming, you can be proud to say that you had a hand in it.