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Social Advocacy campaigns to raise awareness of female gendercide 

 

Girls’ rights are human rights, yet girls in societies all over the world are often denied their basic rights, simply because of their gender. "Save the Girl Child" is actively working to raise awareness about gendercide through public presentations in cultural centers, Asian communities, private social settings, and the slums of India. We have written articles and blogs, distributed over 40,000 gendercide brochures, created a social media platform with 8000 followers, and presented a policy brief on the global spread of female gendercide to the Johns Creek City Council and Congresswoman Lucy McBath to press for Georgia to enact a law against sex-selective abortion.

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Minicamps for refugee and immigrant girls in Clarkston, Georgia

Dubbed "the most diverse square mile in America," Clarkston is a large refugee settlement area in Georgia, home to over 100 multi-ethnic immigrant groups. Outcasts United traces its transformational history. Refugee girls come from troubled backgrounds of war, famine, oppression, and religious persecution, and arrive in the US with limited English speaking skills. They struggle in school and frequently drop out of higher education which perpetuates the illiteracy and poverty cycle in their communities. Himani was inspired to help them, because her immigrant parents had also faced struggles when they came to the US.

Collaborating with missionaries of SEND International, 'Save the Girl Child' has organized minicamps and worked with 150 immigrant girls to promote literacy through classical reading and science lessons, teach first aid, and engage in round table discussions to help with school. Cross-cultural events have been arranged for refugee girls to meet American peers of the Karis Community Church to help them adapt to life in the US and balance traditional restrictions of their patriarchal families. The learning program has reflected in strong grade improvement and students reporting increased confidence and social assimilation.

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"Aequora" Classical Reading and "For The Love of Science" programs to support learning for refugee girls

"Save the Girl Child" has used The Paideia Institute's Aequora Program to support classical reading for refugee girls. It has created a 30 unit curriculum "For the Love of Science" to support science learning and promote interest in future STEM careers in which girls are traditionally underrepresented. Himani compiled the science curriculum through her years of study for science bees organized by the North South Foundation which funds education for underprivileged children. The curriculum had been made available through a website portal, and during the Covid-19 lockdown, Zoom online classes were organized to keep learning and social engagement ongoing. The website encourages donations to the North South Foundation to support education scholarships for marginalized children and is being used by the Mathus Academy ScienceGenius learning program. 

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Letter Drives for girls in India

"Save the Girl Child" has partnered with the Invisible Girl Project, a US nonprofit working to rescue girls from high risk home situations in India and to rehabilitate their lives through the RICE (Rescue, Intervention, Care, Empowerment) campaign. IGP asks for letters or cards of support and encouragement to be written and delivered to these girls because they come from backgrounds that do not care about them or remind them that their lives are valued and precious. The letters generate great excitement when they arrive. The girls love reading them and knowing that there are people across the world who are rooting for their success. Through letter drives and community participation - "Save the Girl Child" has delivered 500 letters to over 400 rescued girls.

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Rural Village Schools providing free education for girls in North India

Save the Girl Child' has fundraised to help set up five rural schools in North India with the Ekal Foundation which will provide free education for 225 girls. These schools have received books, writing supplies, and educational aids that have been collected through community donations, sponsorships from local corporate businesses, charity dance recital events, organizing a 5K run, and funding from the "Save the Girl Child" nonprofit. Ekal's mission is to promote literacy by bringing education to children in rural villages since their circumstances prevent them from going to school. Ekal maintains a low running cost of $365 per year for 35 students through a local single-teacher model and volunteers that donate supplies and free meals for the students. 

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Education for girls in the Bhalswa Slums in Delhi, India

The Bhalwa Slums is one of India's most populated and poorest areas and has among the lowest gender ratios in the world, with only  850 girls for 1000 boys. During her annual trips to Delhi, Himani worked in this area every summer with her grandparents as they treated patients. She was moved by the poverty and the high infant girl mortality due to infections, and the obstacles girls' faced in accessing education and basic schooling. Partnering with two NGOs - Care India and the Society for Promotion of Woman and Child Welfare, 'Save the Girl Child' has funded and regularly distributes educational kits with books and writing supplies for girls and connects their families to the Kusumpur Pahari Learning Center providing free education for girls and teaching women tailoring and beautician skills for small home businesss.  Over 4,800 books and writing supply kits and 32,000 gendercide awareness brochures have been distributed in this area.

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Youth Brand Ambassador for the Invisible Girl Project

'Save the Girl Child' is a Youth Brand Ambassador for the Invisible Girl Project (IGP), working to rescue girls from high risk home situations in India and help them through a RICE campaign (Rescue, Intervention, Counseling, Empowerment). These girls are at risk for being killed or sold and trafficked by families living in poverty. Working with the local Gram Panchayats, a watchful eye is maintained on homes in local villages and rescued girls are provided with medical care, shelter, and eventual adoptions. Save the Girl Child is sponsoring two sisters for healthcare and education till the 6th grade and also provides young girls with stuffed animals symbolizing love, care, and protection. These are a rare gift to receive and brings them great joy and excitement. 

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Gender Equity Leader of the Meddling Kids Movement

"I would have gotten away with it too, if it hadn't been for those meddling kids" is the catchy tagline for the Meddling Kids Movement which promotes youth activism globally and supports trailblazing young people who refuse to be silent about things that matter by spotlighting their work. Himani is a Gender Equity Team Leader for the Meddling Kids Movement which has members in 25 countries across the globe - India, Malaysia, England, Canada, Singapore, Australia, South America, and multiple US states. Members play two-fold roles - they actively work for their own causes while also promoting the mission of others, to collectively amplify our voices. Some are spearheading literacy initiatives for girls in their local communities. Coding classes for a girl today can create a scientist or engineer tomorrow and reading inspirational books weekly can build a future CEO. Small actions build huge positive waves in the life of an underprivileged  girl. We must all become agents of change to make our world a better place for others.

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