The Child Brides: Send Them to School instead

by Foundation to Educate Girls Globally

On behalf of the entire team of Educate Girls I would like to thank you for encouraging us in our journey to empower girls through education. So much has happened in the last few months that we wanted to briefly update you on the progress.

You will be pleased to know that in February I was invited by TEDxASB to speak to an audience of international educators about rejuvenating government schools. Here is a link to the talk,

The Indian Philanthropy Forum’s (IPF) Annual Conference in March 2012 organized by Dasra gave me an opportunity to speak about the issues that adolescent girls in India face at a panel discussion titled “Owning Her Future: Empowering Adolescent Girls in India”. The IPF also saw the release of the Indian Philanthropy Report, 2012 published by Bain and Company. We are happy to report that Educate Girls is featured in the report! Please click -

Our programs are going strong with over 20,000 girls enrolled in schools since last year and almost 1186 teachers in Pali and Jalore trained in Creative Learning Techniques. In addition Educate Girls has launched a new initiative in December last year. As part of this, Educate Girls is building a cadre of village based education volunteers known as Team Balika. Over 500 Team Balika members have been recruited and trained across Pali and Jalore. These educated youth are champions for girl education and support Educate Girls’ programs to ensure enrollment and retention of every girl along with provision of quality education. We are delighted to share the Team Balika logo with you.

Our efforts and your support have been appreciated and recognized, we were nominated for the WomenChangeMakers Award and have also been shortlisted for the second stage of the Stars Impact Awards. The results will be declared soon!

We thank you for your continuous support and encouragement for every milestone achieved.

Sukhi - Shy yet Confident!
Sukhi - Shy yet Confident!

Sukhi, an 18 year old village based volunteer popularly known as Team Balika identified two girls in the village of Mohra who had never attended school. But the school headmaster refused admission to them on the grounds that the school was already in session and thegirls could come back in the next academic year.   

Sukhi  immediately contacted the EducateGirls' regional office in Pali and spoke to staff member Miss Harshwardhane. Acting on her advice, Sukhi marched up to the headmaster's office the next day and demanded a written statement. Shocked by her confidence and taken aback by her complete lack of fear, he admitted the girls in the school. Sukhi is an inspiration to us all!

Sukhi's father believes in her and supports her!

Thanks to your support and contributions we have achieved your fund raising goal and our field staff is working diligently to enroll the remaining 3210 out of school girls in Pali into transformed schools.

We have identified 19956 out of school girls in Jalore district of Rajasthan out of which 9346 have already been enrolled in schools. We request your continued support to help us enroll the remaining 10610 out of school girls into rejuvenated schools.

To overcome the challenge of working with first generation learners whose parents are unable to impact learning outcomes Educate Girls has created village based volunteers recognized as “Team Balika”

Team Balika are village based volunteers who facilitate scalable and sustainable community owned programs.

Team Balika encourage enrollment of girls in school by mentoring the girls as well as their parents. Team Balika along with the School Management Committees (SMCs), work towards creating girl friendly schools. Through their collaborating efforts of Team Balika and SMCs the number of schools with separate girls' toilets and drinking water facilities has increased from 44% to 71% and from 46% to 82% respectively.

For every girl that gets enrolled in school, there is one less a Child Bride. These champions for girl child education animate the principles of ‘My Village, My Problems and I am the Solution’. They spread awareness on the importance of girl child education and prevent girls from becoming child brides.  


Dear Friends,

On behalf of the entire team of Educate Girls I would like to thank each one of you for encouraging us in our journey to empower girls. We are diligently moving towards our goal to improve access and quality of education for children living in underserved communities in India and towards closing the gender gap.

While the government invited us to scale our intervention to the neighboring Jalore district, in Pali we are only a few steps away from 100% girls’ enrollment. A year has passed and to date we have enrolled over 8,033 girls who are now enjoying their right to education. 

Thanks to your support we are also approaching our fund raising goal. There are only 3,210 girls remaining and we seek your ongoing support to bring them back to school!

You will be pleased to know that this year our efforts and your support have been appreciated and recognized by the EdelGive Social Innovation Honors, the World Banks’ Development Marketplace Award and the ‘Karmaveer Puraskar’.  

Make a donation this Thanksgiving and help us prevent all remaining 3,210 out-of-school girls from becoming child brides.

We are thankful for every milestone achieved and the continuous and generous support from you. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Safeena Husain
Executive Director


Leader of Girls Council Vidya with her mother
Leader of Girls Council Vidya with her mother
12 year old Kusum with her father Vijay Singh
12 year old Kusum with her father Vijay Singh
Pinka, not in school due to household duties
Pinka, not in school due to household duties


Leela, 15, part-time enrolled, rural Rajasthan
Leela, 15, part-time enrolled, rural Rajasthan

On October 19th, it is GlobalGiving's LAST Bonus Day of the year! Starting at 12:01 am EDT, GlobalGiving will be matching all donations (up to $1,000 per donor, per project) at 30%. GlobalGiving has $100,000 available in matching funds. Don't miss a special opportunity to make a small donation with a big impact! 

Lately, we posted the story of Timi, a 13-year old girl from the tribal belt in Rajasthan. The fact that Timi is a farmer's only child and a girl reduces the chance that her parents will ever let her go to school, because who would then tend the goats? And who would do all the hard work young girls in rural India are often condemned to? Nevertheless, our field workers keep on visiting her home regularly and try convincing her father to enroll his girl at least part-time, a deal that can often be agreed on.

This was the case with Leela, a 15-year old girl, now part-time enrolled to a public school in Bali tribal belt, Rajasthan. Her parents finally agreed on sending her to school half a day, so she could still manage to do her duties.

In the morning, she studies Hindi, English and Maths. Very eager to learn, she has made great progress and grown a confident young lady. Leela was recently elected as one of the school’s Bal Sabhas members. As a girl’s leader she participates in life skills activites and motivates other girls to learn.

Back home in the afternoon, she helps her sisters with the rural girl’s everyday duties: fetching water and collecting fire wood for the evening meal. Finally having time for homework, Leela teaches her younger sisters what she has learned at school.

There are still more than 5000 girls out there in rural Rajasthan with the potential of Leela. Normally, a donation of 30$ will send 10 girls to school, providing them with a basic education and turning them into an active part of society. On October 19th however – with a little luck and fingers crossed – GlobalGiving will multiply the impact of your donation.

Thanks again for your support.






A happy girl packs her schoolbag
A happy girl packs her schoolbag
She's made great progress in Hindi reading & Math
She has many friends now and loves to go to school
She has many friends now and loves to go to school
After school she helps her sisters with the chores
After school she helps her sisters with the chores
She can teach her sisters what she has learned
She can teach her sisters what she has learned



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Foundation to Educate Girls Globally

Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra - India
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Arundhati Bose
Mumbai, MH India

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