Since your gift to Reach Global in December 2009, Reach Global's work in India has progressed to extend life changing education to an additional 13,904 adolescent girls. This education has focused on two themes for adolescent girls: health and money management.
Investing in girls is the right thing to do on moral, ethical, and human rights grounds. No other segment of global society faces as much exploitation and injustice. Adolescent girls in the poorest countries bear the heaviest burden of work, particularly in rural areas. They care for younger children, carry water, collect firewood and tend livestock. Girls also face discrimination, sexual exploitation and forced marriage. Between 25% and 50% of girls in poor countries become mothers before age 18. The highest fertility rates among adolescents are in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, where more than 90 percent of maternal deaths occur. Early childbearing is closely correlated with poverty.
However, as increasing evidence confirms, investing in girls is also smart. If a girl remains healthy and gains knowledge and skills, she will marry later, have fewer and healthier children, and invest in herself, her family and her community. A girl’s welfare today shapes her family’s prospects for tomorrow. And the next generation of mothers, caretakers, and household money managers are more likely to invest in the education, nutrition, and health of their children, helping to break the cycle of poverty.
It’s clear that momentum is building and others believe, as we do, that investing in adolescent girls is smart. We thank you for your belief in our work empowering girls to help break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families.
To enable Reach Global to continue to extend education to adolescent girls in India, we need your ongoing support. We invite you to support our work by making a donation at our website: www.reach-global.org.
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