Help Educate Girls in India

by Snehalaya 'Home of Love'
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Help Educate Girls in India
Help Educate Girls in India
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Help Educate Girls in India
Help Educate Girls in India
Help Educate Girls in India
Help Educate Girls in India
Help Educate Girls in India
Help Educate Girls in India
Help Educate Girls in India
Help Educate Girls in India
Help Educate Girls in India
Mar 19, 2018

Peer empowerment

Meena's confidence is growing day-by-day
Meena's confidence is growing day-by-day

Thank you for your support of girls education. With over 4 million Indian girls missing from classrooms we still have a long way to go to balance the gender gap in education. We are currently over half way through our Educate. Empower. Lead, campaign in partnership with Malala Fund. We have already delivered 20 workshops with our own beneficiaries and are now taking the campaign on the road. As well as promoting girls’ education, women and child rights and laws and gender equality through these workshops and presentations we are also striving to give girls the practical life skills and experiences that will help empower them further.

One way we are doing this is through the recruitment and development of peer mentors, girls aged between 13 and 17 who are the children of sex workers, living with HIV/AIDS and slum dwellers. We want to hear from them how we should be running the campaign, what issues they face as girls and their soutions to redress the balance in education. It is also really important that they have the opportunity to present their views to change and policy-makers.

Meet Meena

One highlight of our current campaign was a program of eight hours of self-defence training to nearly 200 girls which was delivered by US-NGO, Green Tara Project. The organisation visited our projects last year and three girls who had completed the level 1 training were recruited to act as teaching assistants to four classes completing the same level this year.

All three girls did such a fantastic job taking the lead demonstrating and encouraging participants to pass the course we invited them to become peer mentors. They are really throwing themselves into every element and taking up the opportunities to develop personally including speaking and presenting workshops, taking photos, shooting videos, attending training and interviewing and selecting new peer mentors.

One of them, Meena is a strong and confident 16-year-old who enjoys playing cricket, reading and studying geography and has the ambitions of becoming a police officer. She and her brother have been living at our shelter home since 2009 when her father died, and their illiterate mother was no longer able to offer them a safe home and education. Meena is determined to break the cycle of poverty she was born into by succeeding in her own future, saying: “Snehalaya staff and children are very supportive and encouraging in making sure I get the best education. My mother wants me to return home and start working to help support her, but I know I need to stay here to achieve my ambition of becoming an Indian Police Service officer.”

She adds: “I am really enjoying taking part in the campaign. I get to visit new places and enjoy working alongside the Malala staff team and I feel like I have an equal responsibility to make the campaign a success. At first, I was nervous about speaking in front of large crowds, but I am now very confident, especially after girls have come up to me to thank me for sharing my presentation.

“I am proud to be standing with Snehalaya and Malala to help improve girls’ education and empower girls by explaining their rights and giving them inspiration to do the same. Before this campaign I saw boys as being above girls but by telling other people about gender equality I have begun to believe in myself and can see we are equal.”

With your support we aim to reach over 3,000 more girls living in our district and improve the outlook for them. Thank you.

Over 30 mentors are completing regular training
Over 30 mentors are completing regular training
14 mentors helped organise & lead our youth camp
14 mentors helped organise & lead our youth camp
Putting the 'POW' in empowerment
Putting the 'POW' in empowerment
Our Educate. Empower. Lead. youth camp was a hit
Our Educate. Empower. Lead. youth camp was a hit

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Snehalaya 'Home of Love'

Location: Ahmednagar, Maharashtra - India
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Project Leader:
Joyce Connolly
Epsom,, Surrey United Kingdom
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