Listening to my father’s mesmerizing childhood stories about India instilled a burning desire to further explore and understand the country that is a part of my heritage. Determined to experience the richness of my culture I knew that I discovered the perfect opportunity to fulfill my pursuit when I was accepted to the, “India an Emerging Giant” exploration seminar.
From the day I set foot outside the New Delhi airport to the day I shared my last goodbye with my family in Mumbai, India truly captivated a part of my heart. It was not the Taj Mahal nor the cups of chai I would wake-up to every morning that I missed, but the people whom I met, and the amazing friends that I made along the way that connected me with the country.
Feeling such unity forced me to observe the country holistically. One aspect of India that caught a great deal of my attention was the lack of women in industry. It was evident to me that there was a significant struggle of gender inequality. As I examined this disparity more closely, I observed the problem began with young girls. In India, girls are taught to marry at a very young age, bear children, stay at home, and are told that they are not smart enough to attend school. Additionally, the lack of financial stability and women empowerment results in low retention and high dropout rates from school in order for them to help provide for their families.
Girls in India are faced with significant barriers that make attending school extremely difficult. Witnessing the struggle first-hand empowered me to help make education easily accessible for them. Through the Girl in Yellow Foundation, a registered 501c3 non-profit organization I can unite with the movement to help increase the number of young girls who will receive an education.
With your help, we will provide financial assistance for tuition, books, testing materials, and other necessities needed to continue their education from 8th-12th standard. Girls who express an interest for higher education will then be eligible to receive assistance for college.
Thank you for helping us start a movement.