Women's Empowerment through Scholarships, Computer Classes, Tailoring Classes and Beautician Program
Every July, girls and young women in India begin their new school year, either primary or secondary school, college, or vocational program. For those who can attend school, it is a time of great excitement and full of dreams of the future. For others, those who cannot attend, it is a time of disappointment and discouragement.
There are many reasons the girls in the tribal area north of Mumbai cannot fulfill their dreams of education. The primary reason is lack of financial resources. Sometimes there is no father in the house due to early death, alcoholism, or even suicide. Most of the fathers in our area earn their income from subsistence farming.
Tribal girls of rural India are still 10-20 years behind boys in access to education due to cultural preference for boys. Girls are held back from school to help the mother with household chores, such as fetching water at the well 3-8 times daily, collecting fire wood, washing clothes at the well or in the river, cooking, and minding their younger siblings. Some girls become substitute mothers when a widowed mother has to take on outside work to pay for household expenses.
Occasionally we interview girls whose fathers prohibit them from attending school or don't agree to pay the expenses of school because the father sees it a waste of money. They think, "why spend valuable resources on a daughter who will marry and move away. This investment of family resources will not bring us any return." They do not think or maybe don't have the financial freedom, to help their daughters become the best they can be.
This fundraiser intends to raise the necessary funds
1) to help over seventy young ladies pay their tuition, exam, and laboratory fees, and various expenses of transportation, uniforms, textbooks, hostels, and incidentals.
2) to help fund our existing computer classes at the Prof. Joshi Computer Lab that are offered free of charge to hundreds of tribal girls each month.
3) to double the size of our tailoring classes from 40 to 80 girls a year.
4) to begin a beautician program so that there is a beautician in each of our local villages.
TMA Seva (www.tmaseva.org) has been assisting various NGOs or charities in India with scholarships and vocational training for tribal girls for eight years. This year the program has been expanded to identify and help more girls. Each applicant is screened for her real need for help in her home. School fees and expenses are verified by contacting the schools.
Classes have already started and the young ladies are asking daily if any scholarships are available. Will you be one to say "yes, I will help?"
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