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Thus far, we have implemented our initiative in Bihar and Rajasthan. In Bihar, we chose to focus on the two districts of Begusarai and Saharsa, which are among one of the worst faring in terms of availability of a safe and clean source of lighting. Out of the 488062 rural households in Begusarai, 86.5 percent use kerosene as a lighting source. This accounts for about 4.2 lakh rural households facing such a crisis.
The situation in Saharsa is even more desolate. Around 92 percent of rural households rely almost entirely on kerosene for lighting. Girl children who are responsible for managing the daily housework from cleaning to cooking find it extremely challenging to cope with their studies as they move in to higher grades. The only time that they find to study is after sun set and kerosene lamps being expensive are used sparingly. With the prevalent indifference towards the girl children in general and their education in particular any effort to make a kerosene lamp available for studying in their free time, takes a backseat.
This is where we intervened with the distribution of 3003 battery operated LED lamps to girl students enrolled in 13 schools and studying in grades 6-12.
Because we believe that when a girl is drops out of school, it isn’t just her who loses out on a future of upward mobility and better life conditions. The nation as a whole suffers. The education and empowerment of girls is a collective responsibility in a country like ours.
En-Light a Girl Child is helping more girls finish school and avoid early marriage and childbearing through awareness and empowerment programs geared towards creating positive discrimination for girl students in India. Take a look at our Rajasthan Project Report Album on our Facebook page to see just how:
YOU can also help girls acquire the education they need to achieve their dreams through small interventions and acts of everyday heroism by changing the attitude of your community toward girls’ education, marriage and childbearing. Share your ideas with us using the hashtag #enlightagirlchild ! We are curating tweets, Facebook and Tumblr posts, Instagram images, and more!
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