Gather for Girls

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‘Gather for Girls’ is the name of Shadhika’s campus clubs, which are driven by students who want to play an important role in a girl’s life and the future of our world. Student fundraisers are a vital part of Shadhika’s mission to inspire and empower generations of young women in India for their lives, for India, and for our world.

The goal of Shadhika’s Gather for Girls program is to connect with students with a common philanthropic spirit as well as a strong desire to partner with us so that together we can combat the injustices women in India face and stand up for their rights to enable them to achieve equality and independence.

 

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Functions of a Gather for Girls Club

Education:
Shadhika’s Gather for Girls Program focuses on the value of learning. Shadhika provides students with a variety of materials and opportunities to use that knowledge to make a positive difference in themselves and the lives of others. As a member of a Gather for Girls club, you are expected to educate yourself, your fellow members, your peers and your community about Shadhika’s work. You can do this with international dinners, lectures, movies or discussions, and by accessing the educational resources that will be provided to you by Shadhika. Through education, students are exposed to authentic experiences, a deep insight into Indian culture, and practical facts about the challenges girls and women face in India.
Advocacy:
Shadhika provides students with an insightful international perspective as it relates to the economic, social, and global implications of girls’ lack of value. We empower students to engage their leadership skills and use their voice to educate others so they too can recognize the importance of advocating for female empowerment and education in India.

Fundraising:
Fundraising is the most critical part of any Gather for Girls club and is a fundamental component of Shadhika’s work overall. Clubs may hold fundraisers at their schools and in the community. A club’s fundraising action plan is entirely up the club members to decide- Shadhika will provide support as needed. We welcome your creativity and are open to other ideas that help raise awareness. Feel free to contact us with your ideas and let us collectively make an impact!

Read about University of San Diego’s Gather for Girls Group!

 

 

Martha Thomson

 

Martha Thomson – Gather for Girls Event

I first learned about Shadhika from a dear friend. She encouraged me to learn more about Shadhika and join her on the donor trip to India in January 2017.  I readily agreed. In the past I had focused my volunteer time, energy and monetary contributions on local groups supporting women and children, but I was just beginning to explore ways to make an impact beyond my community… along the lines of the Butterfly Effect (one small act in one part of the world can cause change globally).

Shadhika’s mission to educate and empower girls with targeted actions, like providing college scholarships, inspired me to join the donor trip.  After meeting so many of the scholarship students, learning about their lives, visiting their homes, and traveling across India I not only wanted to continue my support of Shadhika, but wanted to bring the girls stories home to share with my family and friends. It inspired me to host a Gather for Girls event this past May, where I decided to share the challenges girls and women face in India to receive education and credibility through my photos, my souvenirs, and videos provided by Shadhika.

By putting a face to the personal life stories of the girls I met, I believe my impact was much greater.  My event was small (7 attendees) and quite simple: Indian-inspired refreshments and light bites followed by a presentation, but it led to a great conversation, many questions and increased awareness.  It was quite an eye opening experience for many of the women who attended. I am now in contact with a few local high schools in hopes of inspiring students there to begin Gather for Girls clubs to their schools.

I would like to think that my volunteer efforts for Shadhika are that small act that can create global change. I am honored to be able to help girls achieve their educational goals, and become independent, self-sufficient women who can make an impact on their community, and in turn, the global economy. I want to make a special note that I respect the way Kim and her board keep in touch with the programs and the girls they support and the expectations of accountability that they set forth. It is important to me to know that organizations I support are true stewards of my contributions (time and money).

The greatest reward for me as a Shadhika volunteer is to see the light in the eyes of the beneficiaries that Shadhika’s supports such as:  the young girls at Bale Mane when they demonstrate their music and dance or the scholarship students when they talk about their post-graduate plans with confidence and pride, and to know that my volunteer actions have helped them to achieve their goals.

 

Contact Us!

Shadhika
1031 33rd Street, Suite 174
Denver, CO 80205
Main Office: (303) 455-1819

Email: fsalisbury@shadhika.org