It’s been 90 days since you took a stand and donated to The Global Fund for Children’s project to provide life-skills training for 340 girls in Jaipur, India. Because of you, we have been able to accomplish so much in three months time.
Every dollar you donated helped an adolescent girl learn, lead, protect her body, and be safe. Because of you, girls who live in an environment with high rates of exploitation, few educational and economic opportunities, and facing gender discrimination can now stand up for their rights.
By having access to HIV education, reproductive health programming, and schooling. You are helping a girl in Jaipur, India overcome social and cultural barriers, successfully navigate the transition into womanhood, and become educated, secured, and empowered.
So far, we have increased the level of awareness among the girls on issues that are highly taboo, including reproductive and sexual health, HIV/AIDS, and STDs. We are helping girls become economically self sustained through vocational training and through micro-loans from local banks, establishing and strengthening households one by one. We're fostering safe spaces where girls' education is a priority and gender discrimination is non-existent.
To get down to the specifics, we've hosted eight focused discussions groups for 60 adolescent girls. These discussion groups uproot the issues society has tried to hide--women's rights, HIV/AIDS, sexual health, child marriage, and violence against women.
And that's only the beginning. So far, we've provided 50 talented young girls with vocational training in carpet weaving and embroidery. That's not including the 15 girl volunteers we're training to help do the same in their community.
Risks and challenges
Illiteracy and ignorance. Those are our biggest challenges we've faced so far, and it doesn't end there. We're facing a lack of health facilities and services in and around our target villages. And of course, there's one challenge we're facing but aiming to eradicate--gender discrimination. Although these issues have arisen, the promising part is that each one of these problems can disappear with the right tools, and it's our goal to do so.
We've been busy these past three months, and we have you to thank. Thank you for believing in our cause. Thank you for believing in girls’ rights. Thank you for taking a stand.
The next step is to make sure we reach our target of empowering 340 adolescent girls within the next year. This means providing them with everything they deserve, and more. With your help, we are making camps and workshops, basic education, and vocational training basic rights for girls in Jaipur. Together, we are going to overcome social and cultural barriers, enabling young girls to navigate the transition into womanhood and become educated, secure, and financially empowered.
As you know, this isn't where it ends. Continue to help us make a difference in girls’ lives around the world. It’s quick and it’s easy:
•Join our amazing team on Catapult, led by Victoria Dunning, our awesome Vice President for Programs.
•Help another girl—visit our newest Catapult project aiding girls in the Dominican Republic.