Only 5 percent of women in India attend college and only 29 percent are a part of the country's formal labor force. Girls who are not in school are most vulnerable to trafficking, forced marriage, and child labor. Going to college is not possible for most at-risk girls in India because they come from families that earn less than a dollar a day.
Shadhika will provide full scholarships including tuition, books, nutritious meals, tutoring, transportation, and housing for 19 at-risk young women to attend college so they can escape the threat of trafficking, forced marriage, and child labor and have the opportunity to live an independent, self-sustaining life and begin to break the cycle of poverty in their communities.
This project will give young women the opportunity to further their education, allowing them to break the cycle of poverty, earn an income, provide for their families, and challenge the rigid cultural norms that promote gender discrimination in India. "I will work hard to achieve my dreams, because my dreams are not mine alone; they are the dreams of the girls in my village. I want to accomplish something for them. I want to help them obtain their own identity and find their own strength."