The Child Brides: Send Them to School instead

by Foundation to Educate Girls Globally
Oct 18, 2011

How rural girl Leela became a girls' leader

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

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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
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Arundhati Bose
Mumbai, MH India
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