Your gift will help support the Kaliyachak Girls' School in rural Bihar, one of the poorest states in India. With your help and in partnership with our NGO partner in India, FORRAD, we can educate 350 girls in a region where only 53% of women are literate. This village school ensures that girls in this socially and economically vulnerable community can attend school. The school's teachers work to minimize drop-out rates and encourage vocational or higher secondary education for the girls.
It is estimated that 16% of children between 6 and 18 years -- 45 million children -- do not go to school in India. The primary reason is economic, where despite free education, parents cannot do without an extra hand at work. Additionally, parents are too afraid for their daughters' safety to send them to school when there is no girls' school close by. And children may belong to a community so socially marginalized, that they feel unwelcome and ill-equipped in a government school.
The Kaliyachak Girls' School is located in the village of Kaliyachak in rural Bihar, one of the poorest states in India. The school was opened by a local community-based organization, Samaj Kalyan Mandal, to educate girls whose parents would not permit their daughters to travel 10 km to the nearest government school on their own. The school was forced to close in 2009 due to lack of funding. With new funding in 2016, the school was reopened and now more than 80 girls attend the school.
Education is fundamental to women's economic and political empowerment and basic literacy and numeracy are essential skills to enable agency. With additional financial support, the school can enroll as many as 400 girls from the village and neighboring communities. With education, these girls are likely marry later, they will earn a higher wage, have a healthier family and send their own children to school. Your support helps create this positive ripple effect.