Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India

by FFLV USA
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Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India
Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 180 Girls in India

Heaps of solid waste dumped around street cornersgarbage bins kept at various points..neither emptied nor cleaned& trash being burnt in open - causing pollution. There is no check on the garbage being strewn or consigned to flames releasing highly toxic pollutants into the air. This plastic pollution has been causing a great harm to the environment and animals especially the cows. Cows consume plastic along with the food they find in trash piles and being unable to digest it die in the streets. Disposing the garbage carelessly in drains and on the banks of Yamuna river has led to the clogging and stagnation resulting in waterborne diseases. The list of problems is endless but where is the solution? Cleanliness is not a matter of instinct, it is a matter of education, and like most great things, a taste for it should be cultivated. It plays a vital role in our lives so that all can lead a healthy life. To promote cleanliness, a very important campaign- Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan was launched by our honourable prime minister- Mr Narendra M\\odi. Recently, Food for Life Vrindavan organised a Cleaning Drive under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in Vrindavan. The main purpose of this program is to create awareness among the students and the people regarding cleanliness and its benefits. The Sandipani Muni School girls cleaned the road that led to their school. Seeing the girls dedicatedly working hard, some of the locals also joined in and helped them in cleaning. Food for Life Vrindavan shall continue to organise this drive every Saturday and will endeavour to clean different areas in Vrindavan week by week. The cleaning drive continued for 2 hours, after which everyone assembled at the school. Thereafter, the girls had their lunch and shared their experience about the whole cleaning drive. It was a unique experience for all of them. They were all very proud to be a part of this program. "The clean person is not the one that runs away from dirt, but the one, who takes time to clean the dirty environment. And cleanliness is not meant for one person alone, it is meant for the whole humanity present on earth". - Kranti  (13 yrs) - Grade 8 "I got an opportunity to clean my city for the first time in my life. I am happy and thank my school for giving me this chance. I request everyone to keep their surroundings clean, just as they would keep their own houses. After all, Vrindavan is our home". - Radha, SMS (12 yrs) - Grade 7 "We have to take strong steps towards making our country clean. This is the first step that can take our country forward. Each and every one of us has to be conscious of maintaining cleanliness in our surroundings, which will encourage others to follow our foot-steps". - Sangam  (13 yrs) - Grade 8

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A father at the school with her daughter
A father at the school with her daughter

Dear friends,

We recently organised a parent-teacher meet and awareness program at the FFLV schools and invited the parents of our school girls hoping to involve them more into their daughters’ education.

 Our previous experience with such meets was always average with a very few parents turning up. This is because there was is concept of education in these families. Therefore the parents seldom showed interest in their girl's education. 

However, to everyone’s surprise, this year we saw a 400% higher number of parents attend the event compared to the previous year. Over a 1000 parents attended the meet compared to the 250 families last year.

We can see that the perception of society towards girl education is changing with every passing year. The parents are starting to take the education of their girls more seriously now.

We took this opportunity to create awareness against Child Marriage through a play performed by the girls of Sandipani Muni School. See below to watch the play. 

Girls performing the play
Girls performing the play
Over a 1000 parents turned up
Over a 1000 parents turned up
Parents at the meet
Parents at the meet

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Rashmi before marriage was stopped
Rashmi before marriage was stopped

Dear Friends, 

1 in 9 girls is forced into marriage before her 15th Birthday!

And We are determined to change this. This is a story of Rashmi & Gauri, the two sisters at FFLV schools who were being forced to marry as young as 16 & 12!!

Their father fixed their marriage date for the 27th of July 2017, adamant that this was best for their future. We had little hope fighting against a man whose rigid orthodox beliefs were not scared of the law or any legal action against him. However, we were rigid too!

Our Child Protection Team worked day in and out with the police and every government department that could help.

After a few police visits and a letter of warning from the government, their father finally gave in and allowed his daughters to come back to school. They are happy to be back and are now looking forward to a very different life ahead. 

We thank you all because of your support hundreds of girls are safe in our schools. 

The story of Rashmi was covered as a part of a series of Short Films by Without Exception films, under the #SheMustCount Campaign by Marie Avgeropoulos. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch it in the Link "Watch Rashmi's Story"

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Rashmi before marrige was stopped
Rashmi before marrige was stopped
Child Protection Team with Rashmi's Father
Child Protection Team with Rashmi's Father
Rashmi Today (Back in her Classroom)
Rashmi Today (Back in her Classroom)
Thank you!
Thank you!

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Dear Friend,

Here is a great opportunity for you to make double the difference in the life of a girl with your donation.

Starting June 27th until August 8th Global Giving is running #HerVoice Campaign where they are matching any donation from $1 to $1500 by 50%. If you support girl education and believe that every girl deserves to go to school, please support us. You can donate via the link given at the bottom of the page.

You should be able to make a donation to our project from all around the world. In addition, US donors can do so tax-efficiently, while UK eligible donors can add another 25% Gift Aid on top of their donation when making their donation (Just make sure that you pick GBP currency).

If our project wins the campaign, we will also receive bonus prizes. You can see our ranking in the campaign under link number two at the bottom of the page. 

So please spread the word & help your favourite charity win!

Sincerely Yours

Rupa Raghunath Das

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Marie Learning About Embroidery Program
Marie Learning About Embroidery Program

Dear Friends, 

We want to share some exciting news with you. Coming up on June 15th in Los Angeles, California, we have a fabulous event for the campaign we are running to grow our community #SheMustCount where we will be screening the short films by Without Exception Films, hosted by Marie Avgeropoulos.

Marie, star of TV show “The 100” will be live at the event sharing about her experience on her recent visit to Vrindavan and you will be able to ask her questions about her trip and her involvement with the FFLV.

A Night Of Food, Drinks & Giving- Hosted By Marie Avgeropoulos!

Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017

Time: 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Venue: ESTRELLA 8800 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

You can buy tickets online at https://fflvindia.ticketleap.com/shemustcount/

Background:

In the first week of April, FFLV was honoured by a visit from Marie Avgeropoulos, a renowned actress and one of the stars of the popular sci-fi series “The 100”. In a weeklong visit, Marie spent her time trying to understand and document the problems girls face in the underprivileged sections of society. Marie’s visit was a very moving one, to say the least, and she shared her experience with us:

“My experience in Vrindavan, India, with the FFLV girls was life-changing. I went into this project unsure of what to expect. I was quickly greeted with a very warm welcome by the amazing young girls at the FFLV schools and began an incredible journey and lasting friendships. They inspired me. They live in such a chaotic city, in complete poverty, but even with so many obstacles, they are so positive and thankful. The school program is a pathway to transform each and every one of the students into confident, healthy and brilliant young women. The schools equip them with the tools they need to become educated and therefore independent, and in the process end the cycle of child marriage and have a career. They will be able to lead a life that doesn’t include old-fashioned traditions that are, unfortunately, the fate of so many without the opportunity to attend school. Sponsorship is so important to save a girl's life; for such a small price, it makes a huge impact. I will never forget my experience in Vrindavan, and I feel so honoured and privileged to have had this opportunity.

 “I will continue to follow and support the girls and FFLV. To find out more about what happened in Vrindavan while I was there, you can follow our campaign #SheMustCount on Twitter @fflvIndia, Instagram - fflvIndia and Marie Avgeropoulos; also on Facebook - Food For Life Vrindavan. And look out for a series of short films about my visit coming out in June.

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For those of you interested in following FFLV on social media, we also have some new things to follow on Twitter and Instagram. As we expand and grow the numbers of girls in school in Vrindavan at Sandipani Muni Schools, we must also grow and expand our support to find a sustainable flow of funds to ensure a strong future. Follow the journey online and be part of building this wonderful future for girls’ education in India.

The #SheMustCount series will be launched on Youtube and Facebook starting on the 12th June, so don’t forget to like and share and start to get involved with what’s going on with FFLV here in the US. We look forward to interacting with you more and hope to meet you online and at this and future events.

You can follow, support and share the campaign online through Facebook - Food For Life Vrindavan, Instagram - FFLV India, Twitter @fflvIndia, and always tag us with #SheMustCount

Marie in the Tabla Class
Marie in the Tabla Class
Marie on 12th Grader's Farewell
Marie on 12th Grader's Farewell
Marie visits a family
Marie visits a family

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Location: Magnolia, TX - USA
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Ineke Zondag
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