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Girls in India do not have the opportunities to educate themselves, despite education being a fundamental right in the constitution. Girls are often taken out of school to help with family responsibilities such as caring for younger siblings, fetching water or cooking at the time of harvest. For high school girls, if there is no transportation available they are immediately taken out of school.
One of the main reasons for a high dropout rate in rural India is because schools are too far and there is no public transport. Due to safety concerns, girls are forced to stay home.
Ruthvika, a 12 year old girl from a local village in Karumnagar, approached our partner project and said, “I have passed my seventh grade with distinction and want to continue studying in year eight but there is no bus from my village to the high school so my parents are withdrawing my name from the school."
At this point, we decided to support the Women Development Welfare Society (WDWS) by funding and providing 50 girls, just like Ruthvika with bicycles so that they can continue their higher education. In addition to this, through our funding, WDWS is also:
We recently formed a partnership with the Women Development Welfare Society (WDWS) based in Karimnagar, India.
Below are some photos of the girls we are supporting. Click on an image to enlarge it.