In April 2016, the Shadhika Board of Directors approved $80,000 in grants to our grantee partners in India. These grants ensure over 400 girls in six cities receive an education, learn new job skills, and become leaders in their communities and that over 200 boys participate in programs that teach them to respect women and girls.
We are currently supporting the following organizations:
- Baale Mane (Bangalore): Baale Mane provides a safe and loving home for over 60 girls who have been orphaned or who have been rescued from child labor. Shadhika’s support ensures that over 40 girls receive skills training to prepare them for independence after the age of 18.
- Buddha’s Smile School (Varanasi): Shadhika covers the costs for 35 girls from the ‘Dalit’, or untouchable caste, to attend secondary school in the coming year. Our grant supports all school expenses, including transportation to and from school, daily lunch, and after-school tutoring.
- Centre for Women’s Research and Development (Chennai): Our grant provides support for life skill and sex education workshops for 300 girls and 20 boys from villages and bastis (slums) in and around Chennai. The girls will also participate in a street theater program that educates the public on women’s rights.
- STOP India (Delhi): Another new grantee, our support underwrites the costs for 15 survivors of sex trafficking to launch a new handicrafts and textiles business, enabling them to reach self-sufficiency through entrepreneurship.
- Uddami (Kolkata): Uddami provides computer training for disadvantaged young women. Shadhika’s support will enable Uddami to launch a job readiness training program for their graduate.
- VACHA (Mumbai): VACHA provides after-school programming for over 120 girls and 50 boys in two bastis (slums) in greater Mumbai. Their programs focus on English language skills, computers, and leadership development as well as community outreach events on critical issues impacting girls’ lives.
- Paripurnata (Kolkata): As part of our Founders’ Legacy program, we continue our operational support to this halfway house for women who have experienced mental illness due to domestic violence.