AN INDIAN GIRL'S LIFE
In India, only 3 out of 10 girls who enroll in Grade 1 complete Grade 10. The following narrative depicts a common reason why this is the case:
In some places in India, the Indian girl grows up in a society where sons are idolized and girls are mourned. During childhood her brother will get new shoes, clothes, and schoolbooks while she gets nothing. As a teenager, her brother will be fed first and she’ll be given the leftovers. And while her brother attends college, she's already been married off, or worse, sold into sex slavery. But the girl child knows no different. So when she has her own child, the cycle continues.
BROUGHT TO YOU BY PROJECT NANHI KALI
The Girl Store along with Mahindra Foundation USA helps garner donations and support for the education of underprivileged girls in India, through Project Nanhi Kali. The project was initiated in 1996 by Anand Mahindra, Managing Director of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., with the aim of providing girl children primary education. In 2005 K C Mahindra Education Trust partnered with Naandi Foundation to ensure that Project Nanhi Kali provides underprivileged girls 10 years of quality education. These two nonprofits work with 21 NGOs to provide yearlong academic support and material support including school uniforms, school bag, shoes etc. In India with millions living below poverty line, it is often because of a lack of these items that parents stop sending girls to school. Project Nanhi Kali helps free the parents from this burden, improving school attendance and enabling girls to go to school with dignity. As a result, 75,000 girls in 9 states of India are receiving educational support and the project aims to reach out to 5,00,000 girls by 2014.