We're in India this month exploring new innovative ways to put self-help solutions into the hands of very poor adolescent girls and women—those most vulnerable to, and at the same time, most instrumental in changing the landscape of poverty here and elsewhere across the developing world. A rigorous, independent, three-year study of the impact of our education illustrates how our work supports positive changes in the lives of girls and women:
Girls who participated in Reach education are:
Mothers who participated in Reach education are:
- More confident talking to their family about a healthy diet and treating diarrhea
- More confident prioritizing spending
- 14 times more likely to give advice about condoms to peers
- 3 times more likely to have heard of sexually transmitted diseases, know: how HIV is transmitted; that condoms can prevent HIV; that HIV can be transferred from mother to infant; where to get an HIV test; to ask for clean needles.
- More confident preventing diarrhea
- More confident bargaining and prioritizing spending
- More knowledgeable about HIV and how it is transmitted
- 3 times more likely to ask for clean needles
- 5 times more likely to give advice about using condoms to their peers
And, of course, across all of our work, we want to see these positive changes for many girls and women. Since our last report, Reach Global has extended its life changing education to an additional 7,662 adolescent girls for a total of 126,413 since launching in India in 2007.
It’s clear that momentum is building and others believe, as we do, that investing in adolescent girls and women is both the right thing to do and smart. We thank you for your belief in our work empowering girls to help break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families and invite you to support our work by making a donation that you feel is personally meaningful via Global Giving or Reach India's website.
Thank you again!