Educate a girl. Change the world!
Before you read this post, go here and read what Carrie had to say about the move to Hyderabad and the girls’ acceptance into schools! All 12 girls are now enrolled. They are carrying out an educational sponsorship campaign at the moment, because usually, sending kids to school in India is expensive! Links to help with that need are available in Carrie’s post, as well.
Four of Carrie and Abby’s daughters, *Victoria, *Jeanette, *Phoebe (who has since been adopted), and *Stephanie, have been accepted into a school for the blind in Hyderabad, called Devnar. This is a huge blessing and just one of the improvements to the girls’ lives that has come about with their recent move to the new city. There are so many more resources there, as well!
From Carrie’s Facebook page:
These four amazing girls are going to school! They have started at Devnar School for the Blind. They will be learning to read and write in Braille as well as learning their regular academics! Today was their fourth day at Devnar and they are ecstatic! They each come home with stories of the friends they made, the snacks they ate, and the things they learned that day! One of the many great things about Devnar is that it is completely free for our girls to attend!! Their education, Braille textbooks, uniforms, lunch, and snacks are all free!! The only thing we have to pay for is transportation to get them there each day! *Victoria and *Phoebe already have school sponsors! So we only need two people who can commit to sponsoring either *Stephanie or *Jeanette at $25 a month so they can get to school!
You can read more about *Stephanie on Carrie’s blog here (this link will take you to a list of posts that are labeled as featuring *Steph). You can also go to Abby’s blog here and enter *Stephanie’s name into the search bar at the top to read posts about her.
You can read more about *Phoebe on Carrie’s blog here (this link will take you to a list of posts that are labeled as featuring *Phoebe).You can also go to Abby’s blog here and enter *Phoebe’s name into the search bar at the top to read posts about her.
You can read more about *Victoria on Carrie’s blog here (this link will take you to a list of posts that are labeled as featuring *Victoria). You can also go to Abby’s blog here and enter *Victoria’s name into the search bar at the top to read posts about her.
You can read more about *Jeanette on Carrie’s blog here (this link will take you to a list of posts that are labeled as featuring *Jeanette). You can also go to Abby’s blog here and enter *Jeanette’s name into the search bar at the top to read posts about her.
From SCH’s Joy Home Sponsorship page:
Joy Home Vision – Our vision and hope is to see each girl stabilized in their health, enrolled in full-time school, loved, and nurtured in a healthy family environment. We believe that through specialized schooling, access to quality health care, and a stable home environment, our girls will receive the quality of life they deserve.
Thank you for following me. Visibility is so, so important for these girls, as well as the rest of the kids at SCH. Visibility helps them reach completed sponsorship. Visibility shows others that these girls are important. People who are blind are just as capable of living independent lives as people who are sighted.
These girls are smart, they are important, they are beautiful. *Phoebe speaks two languages, often translating Telugu into English for her foster mothers and other visitors. She also types on the computer, plays the keyboard, writes her name manually using a pencil and no guides, and loves helping out with her younger siblings (2016: *Phoebe has been adopted!).
*Stephanie learned how to use her guide cane when walking within two days of receiving it. She also plays the mini keyboard and has memorized bible verses.
*Victoria, who has a small amount of vision in one eye, is a pro at navigating her surroundings and is learning to ride a bicycle.
*Jeanette loves to explore her environment, and is described as a fearless wild child!
Each of the girls has their own unique personality, as well as their own unique set of skills and strengths.
An adequate education is the key to allowing these girls to reach their full potential. Education opens up new worlds to children. They learn how to read, write, and do math, but they also learn so. Much. More. They learn that they have value, that they can stand up for themselves, and that their unique talents are meaningful. They learn that they can contribute to the world in ways they never dreamed possible.
At their new school, *Phoebe, *Victoria, *Stephanie, and *Jeanette will learn how to read and write Braille, as well as learn all the other academic curriculum elements. They will learn that they can change the world!
“Educate a girl. Change the world.”
This is a popular phrase in empowerment circles, and for good reason! If you would like to read more about how educating girls can change the world, here are some resources (click the links to be redirected to that website’s front page).
Educating girls can break cycles of poverty in just one generation, yet millions of girls aren’t in school. Girl Rising uses storytelling to inspire action that gets girls into classrooms worldwide.
About Girl Rising:
Girl rising “use[s] the power of storytelling to share the simple truth that educating girls can transform societies. Girl Rising unites girls, women, boys and men who believe every girl has the right to go to school and the right to reach her full potential. Our mission is to change the way the world values the girl.” Girl Rising started with a documentary film, and has turned into a worldwide movement.
About Connect to Learn:
Connect To Learn is a global initiative that provides scholarships for girls and boys in impoverished areas to attend secondary school, and implements mobile broadband technology to connect their classrooms to a 21st century education. Through Connect To Learn, a girl in the most remote village can walk into a classroom where she and her teachers have the opportunity to connect to people and information across the globe via the Internet, opening the door to a new world of knowledge and possibility.
About Girl Effect:
Girls can play a crucial role in solving the most persistent development problems we face in the world today. When we include girls in education, health, and economic investment, we have a better chance of preventing issues such as child marriage, teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and breaking the inter-generational cycle of poverty. But girls can’t do it alone; they need the world to listen to them and invest in their potential.
The girl effect is a movement. It’s about leveraging the unique potential of adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves, their families, their communities, their countries and the world. It’s about making girls visible and changing their social and economic dynamics by providing them with specific, powerful and relevant resources.
Thank you for reading and for considering contributing to a child’s sponsorship. If you can’t help financially, please share Carrie’s post and help spread the word about education! This is the next generation of the world – let’s make universal education a reality! We can work together to change how the world views girls and education.