THE POWER OF A SECOND CHANCE

Meena Bhati (pictured above with a girl from the village) was born into a Rajput family living in the Chanud Village of Pali district in Rajasthan, India. The Rajput community does not believe in educating a girl child; many families there do not even wish to bring a girl into this world because she is…

EVERY CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING

Seema is a 16 year old girl from Pali, Rajasthan. She lost her father at the age of 11, a tragedy that people in her village blamed her for, saying she was cursed. Seema was miserable. To add to her despair, she was married off to an abusive alcoholic who was twice her age. Eventually,…

REACHING OUT FOR HELP: THE STORY OF ANJALI AND RANI

Anjali is a 9 year old from Rajasthan, India. She loves drawing, watching movies and painting her hands with beautiful henna designs. She goes to school every day and her parents support her desire for education. Anjali is lucky because not every girl in her village has the opportunity to study. Her cousin, Rani, who…

EDUCATE GIRLS SHOWED THE RIGHT PATH: NAVLI’S STORY

I am Navli Kumari from Abu Road Block in Sirohi district, Rajasthan. I was fortunate to have been able to live with my father in Abu Road, a relatively developed area that facilitated my studies. Sadly, after my father passed away, I had to move back to my native village which is an Adivasi area…

LAUNCH OF EDUCATE GIRLS’ PROGRAM IN SIROHI DISTRICT

After operating for 5 years in the gender-gap districts of Pali and Jalore, Educate Girls has proven to be a sustainable solution when it comes to improving government schools. This is the reason why we are now launching our program in Sirohi, a district where the current literacy rate is merely 56.02% and where many…

LOCAL GIRL LEADERS SHINE AT TEAM BALIKA MEETING

The rallying cry roused the young women assembled for Educate Girls’ monthly Team Balika meeting in the desert town of Bar, Rajasthan. This being the second week of her six-week placement at Educate Girls’ regional office to conduct a research study into girls’ education and empowerment, Elizabeth Shaw was happy to be invited to observe…