Bloom & Give
FIGHT GENDER INEQUITY
Nearly 3 million girls in rural India are out of school. They have free access to government schools but centuries-old deep-rooted traditional beliefs stand in the way - beliefs about the role of a girl in her family and in society. We fund programs that employ every trick in the book - awareness campaigns, amateur psychology skills, local knowledge and experience - to get girls into school. They typically increase enrollments in entire villages to 90% within months.
Child marriage and household labor force many girls out of school. For these teens - their way back to school gets harder with each missed year. Some of our funded programs are intense bootcamps that get girls up to the academic literacy needed for them to rejoin school. Other programs help girls who have practical barriers to attending school (such as caring for a newborn) by staffing community learning centers that provide a continuing learning alternative.
Many schools are severely underfunded and lack the most basic amenities such as classrooms, books, and basic sanitary facilities. We provide bridge funds to local non-profit partners so that they can take on infrastructure projects such as construction of classrooms and libraries. We also direct fund wages of teachers where it can directly impact enrollments. Sometimes, the addition of just a single teacher in a school can have a huge impact on attendance.