On March 8, in honor of International Women's Day, K.I.D.S. launched "G.I.R.L.S." (Girls in Real Life Situations), a new initiative aimed at helping girls achieve academically, lead healthy, active lives, and discover an interest in science and math. For over 20 years, K.I.D.S. has provided for the basic needs of girls. Through our new program, K.I.D.S. will continue to provide them with these essentials, but also equip women to become active participants in the development of their communities.
The statistics regarding women and girls in poverty are daunting. For example, women perform 66% of the work and produce 50% of this world's food, yet they only earn 10% of the income and own 1% of the property. While many of these large disparities occur in poorer countries overseas, in the U.S., women are paid 77% of what men earn, even with the same qualifications. Furthermore, out of 114 million children not in school, 60% are girls. K.I.D.S. asks for your help in working to change this.
K.I.D.S.' G.I.R.L.S. program will help girls avoid the vicious cycle of poverty and lead healthy and productive lives by providing them access to literacy and educational materials; new active wear and shoes; and programs that encourage them to succeed in their careers. K.I.D.S. will also work with an even greater focus to provide new home goods and apparel to give women in domestic violence shelters a chance at a new life, and safe baby gear and diapers for new moms living high poverty areas.
K.I.D.S. G.I.R.L.S. (Girls In Real Life Situations) program is an initiative to foster the formidable women of the future by helping the girls they are today. According to a 2009 UN World Survey on the Role of Women in Development, "women's access to resources, including education, work, credit, land technology and other assets, have a far stronger impact on child survival, than similar resources in men's hands." K.I.D.S.' girl and women focused distributions will help us accomplish just that.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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