Why did we choose to educate & empower girls?

mnakappan
Posted August 25, 2017 from United States
Surya-Chandra Foundation
Empowering women to eclipse poverty and inequality
Stop early marriage by keeping them in School
Stop early marriage by keeping them in School: Girls who complete primary school earn 27% more over lifetime. An extra year of secondary school increases a girl’s potential income by 15-25%. Girls with secondary schooling are up to six times less likely to be child brides than those with little or no education. (1/1)

My mother and my sisters were instrumental in shaping my views on women starting at an early age of 6, subsequent to my father's untimely demise. My mother got married at 16, became a widow by 40, and raised us on her own with no marketable skills. I witnessed the ordeal of suffering and numerous sacrifices made by them for the sake of my welfare. None of my sisters were able to complete high school given the pressures of the family and the need to work at odd jobs singing and dancing at weddings and other social events of friends and neighbors. They worked very hard and long hours to earn much needed money to sustain the family in the absence of the traditional father figure. I believe that millions encounter similar tragic situation as a result of complete dependence on the male head of family. My wife, Sue and I felt that educating and empowering young girls is the only way to make a difference in the lives of many unfortunate, disadvantaged and underprivileged segments of society.

We started by helping six female students pursue higher education in India. We created Surya- Chandra Foundation in the names of two of my sisters in April 2013 as a Platform to empower girls and women to rise above poverty and inequality.

Our Vision is Simple, yet impactful. Change the lives of 20,000 girls for the better in 20 years. We can do this by helping 1) the girls stay in school, complete secondary education. 2) pursue vocational training to acquire job related skills.

Our mission is:

To stop violence against women, and empower underprivileged women to rise above poverty and inequality through encouragement, basic education and vocational skills.

We educate and empower girls from very low income families and distraught segments of society.

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Nakinti
Aug 25, 2017
Aug 25, 2017

Dear Mnakappan,

Awww! I can relate to your story. Thank you so much for sharing your story that talks to me directly. My parents struggled with borrowed money to send my siblings and I to school, but I watched many of my girl friends drop out of school because their parents could not sacrifice for them. They dropped out, became pregnant, got marrcied early. Some even contracted HIV and some died along the line. In 2013, I started my organization called Rescue Women Cameroon, and we started by offering scholarship to girls. We started with 8 girls in 2014 academic year and today we have 85 girls.

Dear Mnakappan, don't relent your efforts in fighting for the education rights of girls, that is a good investment in the life of the girls and the progress of your nation. It is a good thing you are doing. Keep doing it. You can check our website www.rescuewomencameroon.org

Sending you love.

Nakinti

Jill Langhus
Aug 26, 2017
Aug 26, 2017

Hi Mnakappan. Welcome to World Pulse:-) Thanks for sharing your mission and Foundation. Do you have a website and social media pages to share?

Jill Langhus
Aug 27, 2017
Aug 27, 2017

Great. Thanks for sharing these. I will follow them:-)

Feka
Aug 26, 2017
Aug 26, 2017

Dear mnakappan,

This is very good job you are doing. Girls education is very important because it is generations to come that will all benefit from that.

I pray you continue to teach many more girls and have all the support you want to get things done.

mnakappan
Aug 26, 2017
Aug 26, 2017

Thank you!

Education is the greatest equalizer!!

Mariatu Lawan
Aug 27, 2017
Aug 27, 2017

Hello mnakappa that's a great jop you are doing courage, just want to know if your activities is base in a particular country or region

mnakappan
Aug 27, 2017
Aug 27, 2017

Currently with limited resources and our ability to perform due diligence, we are only helping girls in South India.

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