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The Girl Fund

by World's Children
The Girl Fund

Summary

World's Children helps orphans and vulnerable children in India. The Girl Fund is a project that helps vulnerable girls stay in school, receive a high school diploma, obtain vocational training or a college degree. The Girl Fund also helps girls who need sanctuary from child marriage or child trafficking. 100% of the donations we receive through GlobalGiving will help girls.

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Challenge

The gender gap persists. In India, for example, 47% of girls still get married before reaching the legal marriage age of 18. The adult literacy rate for Indian women is only 2/3 that of their male counterparts (that is, for every 3 men who are literate, there are 2 women).

Solution

When girls are educated, they delay marriage and childbearing, resulting in smaller, healthier families. They recognize the importance of health care and know how to seek it for themselves and their children. They also have more opportunities to generate income and they are more likely to invest in their families and communities to provide the same opportunities for more girls. "Education helps girls and women to know their rights and to gain confidence to claim them." -UNFPA (United Nations)

Long-Term Impact

An investment in girls' education yields the best return in the developing world; for each additional year of primary school a girl attends, her future earnings increase by 10-20%. And the return is even higher for secondary school - 15-25%. Educating girls doesn't just benefit families, it helps the economy. When educated women join the workforce, productivity goes up and GDP increases. If there were a silver bullet for ending the cycle of poverty, it would be girls' education.

Resources

http:/​/​www.worldschildren.org
Blog featuring 3 women WC scholarship recipients

Organization Information

World's Children

Location: Sisters, OR - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @Worlds_Children
Project Leader:
Jean Purviance
Corvallls, OR United States

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