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Classes for refugee and immigrant girls in Clarkston, Georgia
Clarkston is a large refugee settlement area in Georgia which is home to over 75 multi-ethnic immigrant groups. Refugee girls come from troubled backgrounds of war, religious persecution, and oppression, and arrive in the US with limited English speaking skills. They struggle in school and frequently drop out of higher education and marry early which perpetuates the illiteracy cycle in their communities. Himani was captured by the book Outcasts United which traced the transformational history of Clarkston. Her own parents were first generation immigrants who faced early struggles as they settled in the US.
With her avid love for classical Greek and Roman literature and an equal interest in science through a self-designed curriculum "For the Love of Science" that she created after studying for contests organized by the North South Foundation to support education for underprivileged children in India, Himani collaborated with missionaries and interns of SEND International to help refugee girls. 'Save the Girl Child' has organized minicamps for 150 immigrant girls to promote literacy through classical reading and science lessons, teach first aid, and engage in round table discussions about school. She has planned cross-cultural events for refugee girls to meet American peers of the Karis Community Church to help them adjust to life in the US and balance the traditional restrictions of their patriarchal families. During the Covid lockdown, she organized Zoom online classes to keep learning going.
Rural Village Schools providing free education for girls in North India
Save the Girl Child' has helped to set up five rural schools in North India through fundraising events for the Ekal Foundation which will provide free education for 225 girls. These schools have received books and writing supplies that have been collected through community donations, sponsorships from local corporate businesses, charity dance recital events, organizing a 5K run, and funding from her nonprofit. Ekal's mission is to promote literacy by bringing education to children in rural villages. It maintains a low running cost of $365 per year for 35 students through a local single-teacher model and volunteers who provide free meals for the students.
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 life of the girls she met. Girls are rarely sent to school and infant mortality is very high. Partnering with the NGO 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 which provides free education for girls and teaches women tailoring and beautician skills for small home businesses. Over 36,000 supplies and books have been distributed and 22,000 gendercide awareness brochures.
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 gives girls stuffed toys which are a rare and expensive treat to receive and brings them great excitement.
Letter Drives for girls in India
The Invisible Girl Project rescues many girls each year and asks for letters or cards of support and encouragement to be written and delivered to them because these girls 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 from high school and college students, Girl Scouts, and residents of assisted living homes, "Save the Girl Child" has delivered 500 letters for over 400 rescued girls.
Social Advocacy campaign to raise awareness of female gendercide
Girls’ rights are human rights, yet girls in societies all over the world are denied their basic rights often simply because of their gender. Each year, 12 million girls enter into child marriages, 130 million girls ages 6-17 are out of school, 3 million girls undergo female genital mutilation, and gendercide has claimed the lives of over 200 million girls globally. "Save the Girl Child" has delivered public presentations in cultural centers and Asian communities to raise awareness about gendercide, written articles and blogs, distributed over 22,000 gendercide brochures, created a social media platform with 7300 followers, and done independent research on women's fertility issues and reproductive health with five professors at the Morehouse School of Medicine.
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 (MKM). MKM 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 students across the globe - in India, Malaysia, England, Canada, Singapore, Australia, South America, and multiple states of the US. 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 initiative's for girls in their local communities. Coding classes for a girl today can be a scientist or engineer created tomorrow and reading inspirational books weekly can build a future CEO. Small actions can create huge positive waves in the life of an underprivileged girl. Become an agent of change and promote gender equality through literacy.