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₹3,050 will keep a girl in school

Focus: Children and Youth , Education , Girl Child

40% Funded
CHILDREN from poor families in rural Rajasthan already have the odds against them trying to get an education - and for girls it's worse. Fund their schooling expenses, so penury doesn't force them out of class.

The parents of most of these girls living in the outskirts of Ajmer work menial jobs such as pulling rickshaws, and earn a daily wage that barely covers the needs of their families. Such economic constraints often compel young girls to drop out of school.

This fundraiser will provide for uniforms, school bags, books and stationery for 30 girls to spare families the extra school expenses for their daughters.

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₹3,050 will fund school supplies for one girl in rural Ajmer.

The funds raised will keep 12 girls in school.

WHY SCHOOL SUPPLIES MATTER

Girls in poor families in rural Ajmer are more likely to drop out than boys as their education is seen as less of an asset to the family. Instead, they are married at a very young age and become mothers, or join their parents as daily-wage earners - limiting their future opportunities. If a large part of the costs for school supplies for the girls are covered, parents will be more encouraged to ensure their daughters get an education.

The girls are in need of notebooks, uniforms, stationery and school bags.
WHY AJMER

Rajasthan's drop-out rate of 6-14-year-old children is over 13lakh according to the 2013-14 Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan report, and the state’s literacy rate is just 67.41%. In Ajmer, Census reports show the female literacy rate is only 56% and the school enrolment rate for girls is 47%. These dismal numbers indicate the need for the kind of interventions RSKS carry out, and especially highlight how girls are the most marginalised.

The passion you put into your work is unbelievable and you have an enormous impact on all the woman you work with.

Lizzie Hobbs, field evaluator, UK

Education is one of the most critical areas of empowerment for women. It is also an area that offers some of the clearest examples of discrimination women suffer. Among children not attending school there are twice as many girls as boys.

The State of the World's Children Report, UNICEF, 1996
THE PLAN

RSKS will first conduct a baseline survey in the Peesangan Block of Ajmer district in order to identify school-aged girls who are at risk of being forced to drop out of school. Once the fundraiser is complete, the school supplies will be purchased and distributed. Each girl will receive two school uniforms, a school bag, a pair of shoes and socks, a set of books and notebooks, and a stationery set.

Education will ensure a more empowered future for the girls.