Big Hug Foundation provides shelter, education, food and healthcare to underprivileged children in India.

6 million children aged 6-13 are out of the school system in India

47 million youth dropout of school after age 16

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. Read on to find out what we’re doing to change this…. 

Quick facts

Age Group: 14+
Number of children supported: 50 girls from rural areas
Project set up: 2017
Big Hug has supported since: 2017
Partner project: Women Development Welfare Society
Location: Karimnagar, Telangana, India


Background

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.  


Big Hug’s impact:
 

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: 

  • Conducting camps to generate awareness of girl's education rights, the importance of education and counselling parents who remove their daughter's from school 
  • Regularly monitoring the school dropout rates to ensure there are no more cases like Ruthvika's
  • Work in collaboration with schools and welfare offices to connect students who are eligible for scholarships and further support in their higher education 


Parnter Project::

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. 

 

Quick facts

Age Group: 14+
Number of children supported: 50 girls from rural areas
Project set up: 2017
Big Hug has supported since: 2017
Partner project: Women Development Welfare Society
Location: Karimnagar, Telangana, India