Directly Funded "Sister Aid" Programs
India ranks 122nd of 138 nations on gender equality. In some rural areas, more than fifty percent of girls are married before age fifteen. An estimated six thousand women are killed every year due to low dowry. Female literacy is still considerably lower than male literacy. However, women make the best poverty fighters. Women use their earnings not only to feed their families, but to improve their families' quality of life as well as fund their children's education, giving the next generation a much better chance to live out of poverty.
In 2010, YGB developed "Sister Aid" to directly provide impoverished mothers with micro-loans and young daughters and orphans with education funds. So far, we have selected, visited, and partnered with successful Non Governmental Organizations NISHTHA in West Bengal, Deenabandhu in Chamarajnagar, Karnataka, in addition to continued support for Jayashree, a micro finance recipient in Bangalore since 2008.
Education and Economic Independence: The Keys to Sustainability
Since the "Sister Aid" program began in 2010, we have been able to double the number of fund recipients every year, now reaching nearly 900 mothers and children in Karnataka and West Bengal. YGB also added a five-year program "SHE" (Scholarhip for Higher Educaiton) to support destitute teen boys and girls to complete high school and aim for college degree. We receive regular reports from our partners in India to update you on how your donation is working there.
Here are some highlights:
- Nearly 400 mothers are funded with micro-loans, the average income increase is 600%, each mother also saving every month for her daughter's higher education
- 300 daughters remain in school, avoiding child labor or child marriage
- 21 orphaned children are being funded for their education and living, 1 girl is now in college
- 1 boy entered into the master's course at Dental Medical College, expecting to become a dental surgeon
- Nearly 150 destitute teen girls and boys are provided with a new five-year program "SHE" (Scholarship for Higher Education)" to complete high school and aim for a college degree
Read how your contribution is making a real impact in so many lives within each of these three programs.