Education
 India
Project #11202

Provide scholarship for 8 bright girls in India

by Greenlight for Girls, asbl
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Our team in India supporting our g4g girls!
Our team in India supporting our g4g girls!

We often write about the transition we have seen in our scholarship students in India.  From young shy girls who spoke few words of English, we have seen them blossom in their courageous journey throughout their studies.  These young students are now prominent ambassadors for learning in their communities - and it doesn't stop there!

We began our scholarship project a few years ago - and thanks to all your tremendous support, these girls in the Bangalore region have been able to realise their drem - to go to university!  They are studying chemistry, biology, engineering & business -- and they all are doing incredibly, some already advancing to their next degree on their own.

This now paves the way for our next scholarship recipients - this time exending beyond Bangalore to Rajastan and Calcutta - and our first scholarship girls are helping to make this happen.

As Ambassadors, they are ready to take on running events, workshops, science learning activities in their community & they are already making a difference in the environment around them.  They are now working with our Board of Director in India to help lead the initiative to start our scholarships in Rajasthan & Calcutta.

In the last few months, your recent support has given them the tuition, books & expenses to continue their university studies of these very special young women.  And now, we are ready for our next scholarship girls!!

g4g Founder & Board of Director in India
g4g Founder & Board of Director in India
The Journey from Student to Ambassador
The Journey from Student to Ambassador

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Sindhu & team getting ready to teach!
Sindhu & team getting ready to teach!

For our last report, we were excited to report about role models -- the news that our scholarship recipients, girls from less advantaged communities in Bangalore, were now becoming role models for others to follow.  Well, these special girls continue to amaze us - because now, they have led their own workshops in a special Festival of Science!! 

Your support has made it possible for a set of very special girls to have the chance to study in university - and without your support, this would not have been possible.  In addition to their successful studies in Engineering, Biology and Physicis, they now wish to be Ambassadors for local communities.  Sindhu, Srilaksmi, Supriya and Sindhu had the chance to share their learning and passion with hundreds of children from all over the Bangalore region.  We are so incredibly proud of all of you!!!  We can't help but think back to just a few years ago when you were all so shy and just learning english - and now you are teaching others!! 

Plus - this special opportunity was the collaboration between both our education partners in India -- the scholarship girls from Nele participated in this Festival of Science by Parikrma - the students had the chance to meet one another!!

And... several kilometers away but also in India, greenlight for girls has now launched activities in GOA!!!  Over an amazing weekend, we held events in both North and South Goa reaching more than 250 children from a variety of schools, education systems and orphanages.  With the help of some incredible role models in the region & special guests who travelled from California and Brussels to support this endeavour, these girls had a special day just for them in which they could build their skills and interests in science, technology, engineering and math.  This first event was just a beginning and we aim to continue these events as well as see how our scholarship program can help more girls in this region.

PLUS -- we are also exploring the regions of Rajasthan and Calcutta for our next scholarship girls!!!

The wall of science at the Festival
The wall of science at the Festival
Festival of Science in Bangalore
Festival of Science in Bangalore
In the classroom at the Festival
In the classroom at the Festival
Encouraging questions in Goa India
Encouraging questions in Goa India
250 incredible girls in Goa
250 incredible girls in Goa
Hands-on learning from one another
Hands-on learning from one another

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Founder with g4g Scholarship recipient
Founder with g4g Scholarship recipient

We started out with a dream... could we figure out how to create university scholarships to those who needed it most?  And so it began -- first in Bangalore with 8 special students. 

These 8 girls have surpassed our expectations.  They are now role models in their communities -- not only excelling in their studies but also now reaching out out to local schools to inspire learning science, math, engineering and technology  - to those who need it most.

In the past weeks, our scholarship students have created opportunities to reach out to their local schools to encourage science learning - and we wish to continue to encourage them - so we have some big events in the midst for the months ahead.  One of girls, Sindhu, has begun teaching school children in her community about physics and science - her passions.  Another of our scholarship girls, Srilaksmi, has just finished her first internship at an amazing company in Bangalore learning practical skills to become an engineer, her dream.

With our scholarship girls, we now gear up to our next big events in India!

In January, greenlight for girls will be holding our first g4g day in Goa - bringing together 200 school kids from local schools for a day just for them, full of workshops and learning about science.  On the same trip, we will be visiting our community centre in Rajisthan where we are providing 31 girls education stipends to encourage them them to continue their school studies up to high school and we hope, beyond.  Finally, we end in Bangalore, the home of our 8 original scholarship girls, where we are planning our first g4g@work project to invite local school girls to one of our corporate partnerships to introduce them to a future workplace!

Thank you everyone for your continue support of our scholarship initiatives -- you are making it possible for these girls to become future engineers and scientists - and to change the community around them.

g4g with Parikrma school
g4g with Parikrma school
Parikrma school - g4g scholarship students attend
Parikrma school - g4g scholarship students attend
g4g Board Director with Nele scholarship girls
g4g Board Director with Nele scholarship girls

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In Rajasthan for our next scholarship!
In Rajasthan for our next scholarship!

It now seems ages ago when we started our scholarship programme in India - when in fact, it has only been a few short years.  Why do we feel as if more time has passed?  We are simply awe-struck as to the incredible accomplishments of the girls who have benefited so far from being able to go to university.

We are as proud as parents!

You should hear us... when we speak of our greenlight girls in India, we talk about them as if they are our children.  We boast about their accomplishments.  We talk about their latest grades in their courses.  We are truly so proud of what they are doing - so, please allow us to boast a bit more to all of you!  Here is some news from just a few our girls:

Sindhu is reaching her last year in university and has already captured the teaching contagion.  She just "taught" her first group of small children in her neighbourhood about the subject of physics and had so much fun that she is already planning her next class.

Srilaksmi is off to her first internship!  That's right!  With the help of one of our greenlight partners in India, she will get the chance to work as an engineer in a local manufacturing plant for a few months to put her studies into practice.  She is SO excited!

When we decided to provide this scholarship opportunity, it wasn't only the funds we were seeking to provide.  We are also a mentor to these girls - someone to encourage them to keep going and to reach for more possibilities.  This is why the idea of continuous learning and education makes us so proud.  The fact that Sindhu is already taking her education to educate another future generation makes our heart grow with pride.  The incredible opportunity that Srilaksmi has now to start working in her field before she even graduates makes our eyes tear up with the thought of the incredible path she is starting for herself and as a role model for others.

Getting ready for the next events in India

Sindu, Srilaksmi and all our greenlight girls in India will be helping us bring our greenlight for girls activities to a few cities - so these next few months will be our preparation time to gear up for these great moments to-come. 

Where are we going?  Well, in addition to working with our great educational partners in Bangalore - and previously announced with our new scholarship in Rajasthan - we will also be going to GOA!  We will be holding a greenlight for girls day in Goa, India in January 2016. 

Our greenlight girls are Ambassadors, they are role models, they are an inspiration to all of us.  Congratulations to all of you!

Our girls from Nele at one of our partners!
Our girls from Nele at one of our partners!
Our partner school with future scholarship girls!
Our partner school with future scholarship girls!

We have learned that inspiration has no limits.  Once again, our scholarship girls in India have shared with us their passion for learning and for science - so much, it makes us wish we were university students again too!

In January this year, we had an amazing opportunity with our greenlight children in India....

-  greenlight for girls was a part of a multiple school-wide Parikrma Festival of Science with 200 children - bringing forward important societal issues related to science.  This year was focused on the issues of water and the children learned by hands-on activities on how to measure the quality and reach of water to their communities.  They learned that their city doesn't have enough daily needs for water and we discussed with them what we could all do to make a difference.  Parikrma is our partner to help identify potential greenlight scholarships - they are an incredible educational system aimed to help children who live in slums and orphanages around Bangalore. 

- we met our scholarship girls to brainstorm our strategy for the upcoming year on how we could involve them as role models to encourage more children to aspire to university education.  The girls were so thrilled to give their good news - their latest exam scores (which were incredible!), their plans for their next degree (!!), their desire to get an internship to start learning in the science, engineering and IT fields, and how much they just love to learn.  Again - we couldn't help by be inspired by their enthusiasm. 

- we had the chance to meet local partners who also work to teach science to children - and look forward to work together to hold greenlight for girls events in the community.

And with all this, we can't wait to tell you our really big news -- we are setting up a new scholarship for a community in Rajasthan and will have the chance to help 31 girls through their formative years to encourage the completion of high school and eventually to start their university studies.

Look to our future news as we will start our greenlight for girls activities in Calcutta & Mumbai!

200 children at the Festival of Science
200 children at the Festival of Science
At the end of the day....
At the end of the day....
One of our scholarship girls & founder of Parikrma
One of our scholarship girls & founder of Parikrma
Chandana and our scholarship girls!
Chandana and our scholarship girls!
Hands-on science in action
Hands-on science in action
Girls in discussion
Girls in discussion
Inspiring smiles
Inspiring smiles
 

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Greenlight for Girls, asbl

Location: Brussels - Belgium
Website: http:/​/​www.greenlightforgirls.org
Project Leader:
Melissa Rancourt
Brussels, Belgium

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