As many of you know, She's The First (STF) supports girls who will be the first in their families to graduate high school - a cause that is near and dear to us. STF’s simple mandate is to provide scholarships to girls in low-income countries who will be the first in their families to graduate from high school - thereby breaking the cycle of poverty, uplifting communities and making great strides toward gender equality. We support a group of scholars in a school called Shanti Bhavan, an hour away from Bangalore in South India (and pretty close to Chennai where Harish grew up) and it has been wonderful to see them grow up alongside Emma (our seven year old). In fact the first ever STF scholar graduate, Maheshwari, is from Shanti Bhavan - she recently received her Masters in Applied Genetics and currently works in hospital operating rooms around Chennai as a neuro-technologist!! (see the youtube video attached)
STF has continued to grow and has been able to add 200+ scholars over the last year thanks to your support. They also held their first fellowship program in Guatemala, which Harish attended, bringing together 10 scholars from around the world for a week of mentoring and other community-based programs (photo of the Fellows in Antigua, Guatemala). We encourage you to visit the STF website to learn more about the nonprofit at: https://www.shesthefirst.org/about/
Thanks to your support in 2017, we were able to raise nearly $11,000 in one week (and over $20,000 with the match)!! Our goal this year is to raise $15,000 before end of this month, and we hope to double that amount by personally matching the same!! We would be honored to have you participate by donating to this crowdrise page. Any amount you give makes a difference to the work of She's the First - we greatly appreciate you considering this wonderful non-profit among the many noble causes out there. And please, please spread the word! If you would like to donate directly to STF, please either do so through their website or by contacting Henah Parikh (Development Manager at STF; firstname.lastname@example.org; 646.459.3683).
Thank you so much,
Sarah and Harish Nataraj