• Gita Banks

Fall Newsletter 2019


Starting to Dream


Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao - ‘I love going to the school and learning new things.’

Friends, 


As we head into the latter half of 2019, we're most pleased to share that our girls are doing incredibly well.


All 57 of them have settled into the school year, and we've received very positive feedback from their educators about their enthusiasm and commitment.


Our girls receiving Mariam Bursaries, at Grameen Foundation offices


"Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao" - Save the Daughter, Educate the Daughter


The Mariam Society's Education Bursary Program is proudly part of a larger India-wide initiative "Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao", sponsored by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and spearheaded by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and the Minister of Human Resource Development.


The objectives of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao are to increase awareness and address the deeply entrenched issues of female foeticide (sex selective abortion), female infanticide, education and health concerns of girls, most especially in rural communities.


Through our involvement in this program, the Mariam Society and GFI hosted an event for a group of our girls, asking them to interpret through poster art - "save the daughter, educate the daughter".


Check out their truly amazing and inspiring works of art below!  


Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao poster, by Tanushri Ranteke - "In our society girls are not allowed to speak up, to express their feelings or voice their opinions. It makes me sad. Girls must be sent to school and educated so they can overcome challenges."

Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao poster - "The girl deserves to be loved as much as a boy."

Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao poster - "If you let me live, I will grow up to be famous and successful, and make you proud.’"


Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao poster by Ankita Ramteke - "Let me fly today...just a little...just a little."

Your support of their education is truly changing the perspectives and lives of these girls, and they are indeed making us VERY PROUD!




Mentorship Program Update


We will be launching the Mariam Society Mentorship Program pilot this Winter to test the concept effectiveness, technology/connectivity, and logistics.


Four of our Mariam Ambassadors are involved in the pilot, and we can't wait to get started.

Watch for updates on mentorship in our next Newsletter. 




There's still time to sponsor!


You too can be part of our life-changing work by becoming a Mariam Ambassador.

Every Ambassador changes a girl's life directly, so take the time today to make your commitment to her. 


Click here to donate online. Or call/text me directly at (647) 390-8331 to find out how you can send a girl to school.

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