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CoVid-19 Education Resilience Fund for 900 adolescent Girls



       

Listening to Yasmeen, Lavanya, and many more adolescent girls through our work with them in Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (government schools) in rural Haryana, has built our awareness and understanding of their dreams and aspirations, and also on the many odds that are stacked against them in realising their dreams.

We, at SwaTaleem Foundation, are working with the mission of increasing decision-making, agency and foundation skills in adolescent girls by implementing a transformative educational process -- one where the girls, teachers and community leaders choose and problem solve on educational challenges in Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya schools (KGBV's). KGBV’s are upper-primary, residential schools, run by the Government with a vision of providing quality education to girls coming from rural, marginalized communities -- Dalit, Tribal, Meo-Muslim communities -- and who have previously been left out (or dropped out) from their schooling. So KGBV’s support them by providing them a second chance at pursuing their education. We are currently working with 900 adolescent girls, 32 teachers and government officials across 6 KGBV schools in Mewat and Panipat, rural Haryana.

The Challenge
Adolescent girls we work with are most vulnerable and under-represented. They are especially being left behind in their access to resources and opportunities -- from nutritious food to safe water to healthcare services to mobile phones to the internet to financial support to education. Till today, their struggles rooted in poverty, gender inequality and systemic exclusion  have been normalized for them. With CoVid-19 deepening existing inequities, the realities of these adolescent girls are only skewed further with their dreams, needs and priorities getting further pushed in the face of school closures, uncertainty and financial burdens their families are facing.

Their challenges  are further amplified by lack of access to support systems and learning opportunities during the lockdown. Not only do more than 65% of the girls we work with don’t have access to smartphones or the internet; in many cases even when they do have access to mobile phones, they are unable to access learning due to the gender divide (for example: they are expected to take on more household chores, they aren’t trusted with a mobile phone, preference is given to their brothers). All these make it extremely hard to establish a connection with them and ensure their continuity with learning, positioning them as extremely vulnerable. They are directly at-risk of dropping out of schooling, at-risk of domestic violence and at-risk of  early, child marriages. If we don’t ensure that adolescent girls from marginalized communities are reached out to and supported immediately then they, who are already at the margins, will be further left unheard and unsupported.

Our experiences in working together with the girls have taught us that they greatly value their education, are interested and invested, despite all the challenges. They aren’t easily discouraged by the strength and prevalence of patriarchal norms and practices in our communities -- they dream big and challenge the status quo, just like Lavanya and Yasmeen. Their courage, strength and determination gives them and us hope. But the truth is that they are opportunities away from feeling valued, supported and encouraged.

Our Approach
We believe that we need to do more than connecting with girls, reopening schools and continuing with the existing curriculum that focus on only academics and reinforce gender stereotypes. We have to reimagine their education and learning, if we have to truly support the most marginalized girls become self-reliant. At SwaTaleem Foundation, we are trying to address this chronic but under-discussed problem of gender divide in education in the current times: How do we ensure support and learning continuity for adolescent girls from rural, marginalized communities who don’t have access to technology?

Establishing low-tech and context appropriate platforms; creating safe spaces; providing opportunities for girls to express themselves, to meaningfully connect with their peers and teachers; access multi-lingual, gender-sensitive and contextually relevant learning content and exposure to socio-emotional life skills are all critically needed to engage with and retain the girls in school. Else the disconnect they experience with what they study and the pressure of ‘completing the syllabus’ will push them away from schools.

While we have been working towards facilitating such spaces and educational practices across 6 KGBV schools over the last 2 years, continuing this work and adapting to change, with and through the girls and teachers, assumes greater significance now. To connect with, to ensure learning continuity and to prevent drop-outs of all 900 adolescent girls, we are working on a 2-pronged approach:-

Everyone can support our girls' dreams. Here's the impact you can create.
We believe in the collective voice and power of many to bring about change. Indeed, this is needed now more than ever.

Your support will help us directly support 900 adolescent girls from rural, marginalized communities -- keeping them engaged through the lockdown, minimizing their drop-outs and ensuring their retainment once schools re-open. 
  • At INR 1500 / USD 20 per year you can support an adolescent girl have access to resources and appropriate technology platform (example: IVR System, mobile recharge) to stay connected during and after the lockdown.
  • At INR 3600 / USD 50 per year you can support an adolescent girl have access to support spaces, gender-sensitive and contextually relevant learning content and activities. Such engagements will enable us to prevent girls from dropping out of schooling.
  • At INR 4000 / USD 75 per month  you can support a teacher access learning opportunities to build her capacity and practices, in the process making the learning process engaging and meaningful for the girls.
  • At INR 5000 / USD 71 per month you can support a young, women leader from the community, our field coordinator, mobilize local communities to support girls’ education and directly work with the girls at the village level.
To avail tax receipts (only for INR donors), please write to us at swataleem@gmail.com.

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16th July 2020
As on 16th July 2020:
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your belief and trust in us and in our Girls potential -- we are extremely grateful to each one of you for supporting us. We are excited to share what we have been working on over the last 2 weeks. Go ahead and watch the video here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGqSB6EpyzQ&feature=emb_logo

Thank you again for your support. With you by our side, we know we are not alone in this journey. From July 17th, 8:00 PM IST/ 9:30 AM US CT to July 20th, 10:00 AM IST / 11:30 PM CT, one of Milaap's Impact Partners has agreed to match all donations by 15%. The intention is to involve as many people in creating the world we want for our Girls. Please do continue to engage with and share this campaign far and wide in your social circles too. Let us collectively inspire many more to join in this journey of ours.

For Indian donors who wish to avail 80G tax receipt, please fill in this google form here:

https://forms.gle/Z57S1LgW5JmiuJwH8

For those who have already written to us, we will be sharing the receipt very soon.

Lots of love and gratitude,
Team SwaTaleem



As on 16th July 2020:
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your belief and trust in us and in our Girls potential -- we are extremely grateful to each one of you for supporting us. We are excited to share what we have been working on over the last 2 weeks. Go ahead and watch the video here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGqSB6EpyzQ&feature=emb_logo

Thank you again for your support. With you by our side, we know we are not alone in this journey. From July 17th, 8:00 PM IST/ 9:30 AM US CT to July 20th, 10:00 AM IST / 11:30 PM CT, one of Milaap's Impact Partners has agreed to match all donations by 15%. The intention is to involve as many people in creating the world we want for our Girls. Please do continue to engage with and share this campaign far and wide in your social circles too. Let us collectively inspire many more to join in this journey of ours.

For Indian donors who wish to avail 80G tax receipt, please fill in this google form here:

https://forms.gle/Z57S1LgW5JmiuJwH8

For those who have already written to us, we will be sharing the receipt very soon.

Lots of love and gratitude,
Team SwaTaleem



16th July 2020
As on 16th July 2020:
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your belief and trust in us and in our Girls potential -- we are extremely grateful to each one of you for supporting us. We are excited to share what we have been working on over the last 2 weeks.


Thank you again for your support. With you by our side, we know we are not alone in this journey. From July 17th, 8:00 PM IST/ 9:30 AM US CT to July 20th, 10:00 AM IST / 11:30 PM CT, one of Milaap's Impact Partners has agreed to match all donations by 15%. The intention is to involve as many people in creating the world we want for our Girls. Please do continue to engage with and share this campaign far and wide in your social circles too. Let us collectively inspire many more to join in this journey of ours.

For Indian donors who wish to avail 80G tax receipt, please fill in this google form. For those who have already written to us, we will be sharing the receipt very soon.

Lots of love and gratitude,
Team SwaTaleem
As on 16th July 2020:
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your belief and trust in us and in our Girls potential -- we are extremely grateful to each one of you for supporting us. We are excited to share what we have been working on over the last 2 weeks.


Thank you again for your support. With you by our side, we know we are not alone in this journey. From July 17th, 8:00 PM IST/ 9:30 AM US CT to July 20th, 10:00 AM IST / 11:30 PM CT, one of Milaap's Impact Partners has agreed to match all donations by 15%. The intention is to involve as many people in creating the world we want for our Girls. Please do continue to engage with and share this campaign far and wide in your social circles too. Let us collectively inspire many more to join in this journey of ours.

For Indian donors who wish to avail 80G tax receipt, please fill in this google form. For those who have already written to us, we will be sharing the receipt very soon.

Lots of love and gratitude,
Team SwaTaleem
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All the best team SwaTaleem! You're doing terrific work, keep it up! I am so glad the girls are supported in their efforts to gain this education. Very proud to be a supporter

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