Yoga Gives Back Supports Education for Girls

Mon, April 17, 2017 1:37pm

Yoga Gives Back Supports Education for Girls

posted by YGB in Success Stories , Tags: Pure International, SHE


Girls are essential agents of change in breaking the poverty and discrimination cycle. YGB is truly grateful to have the support of our first corporate sponsor Pure International, headquartered in Hong Kong, through its Corporate Responsibility Program (CSR) initiative, commit to fund higher education for ten underprivileged girls in the backward villages of Parganas of West Bengal with a five-year commitment to YGB's SHE (Scholarship for Higher Education) program.

Early marriage is quite common here.  YGB’s SHE (Scholarship for Higher Education) is helping girls to get a college degree. Our biggest achievement has been that all participating  girls continue their education without dropping out of school or being forced into marriage.  This is Tusi, one of our girls saved from early marriage and looking forward to an independent future.

 

Tusi is 20 years old and lives in Manikjor village of Julpiya, West Bengal. She comes from an extremely poor and vulnerable family of six. Tusi is the smallest among her four sisters. Her father, Bimal is a farmer who works on his small plot of land and also works as daily laborer on other’s land. Her mother Kamala is a house wife.
                                       
                               



Even after working hard her father’s income was not enough to educate four girls. All her elder sisters were just able to complete their secondary education before being married off. 

YGB's local NGO parnter NISHTHA supported Tusi's continuing her education and it has been the turning point of her life.  Tusi completed her secondary exams successfully until NISHTHA could no longer support her due to lack of funds. It was then that Yoga Gives Back created SHE (Scholarship for Higher Education) program and Pure International stepped forward. Tusi is grateful to the SHE project and Pure International for helping her carry on her education which otherwise would have been an impossible dream.
 

Tusi is the first from her family to be enrolled into college and pursuing higher education. She knows that without the help of PURE she too would have faced the same fate of her sisters and would have been married off by now. She has just one more year to go before she graduates and Tusi believes that after graduation she can find herself a good job and support her family.

Tusi is a group leader of SHE scholarship students and often gives training and information to her peers. She is also an active member of the adolescent group of NISHTHA. She has been speaking with panchayats (local officials), addressing publicly on various issues including girls rights for higher education. She has evolved into a beautiful and confident woman looking forward to a bright future.