Girls growing up in India face discrimination at every turn.
The child sex ratio in the country is unnaturally low with only 919 girls present for every 1000 boys, due to sex-selective abortion of female children by their own parents. Girls who do survive are less likely to be given sufficient nutritious food and medical care compared to their brothers. Young girls face a high risk of child marriage and underage pregnancy with 33% of girls being married under 18 according to the 2011 Census of India.
Education is a proven way of helping young women realize their potential, increase their earnings and delay marriage until adulthood.
Unfortunately, the state of public education in the country is highly lacking. This means that most girls are never given opportunities to establish independence and challenge the social malpractices they face.
Girls in rural India are more likely to be impoverished, less likely to graduate from school, more likely to be married underage and more likely to suffer from domestic violence than girls in urban India, as the National Health and Family Survey demonstrates.
We believe that we can create maximum social impact by providing quality education to rural Indian girls.