international women’s day with sister india

just over 3 years ago, sean and i traveled to northern india to visit the ministry that our church supports there, called Empart.  the main focus of that ministry is to spread the gospel and plant 100,000 churches in northern india.  but in that process of spreading the gospel, they are also creating children’s homes and sewing centers.
IMG_4122-560x373
i was especially passionate about learning more about the sewing centers, and was so blessed when we were able to visit one!  these sewing centers help to give women hope: they are trained with a skill to tailor clothes , and graduate with the ability to generate an income and gain dignity and status in their community, something these women would never have otherwise.
IMG_4097-560x373
 
Sister India is another foundation that gives hope to women in India.  they provide these women with an education that helps to break the cycle of poverty in their families.  when i was approached again about this project with Sister India, i knew i wanted to be involved this year.   the following story told below is by Sister India founder, Charlotte:

I don’t know her yet, but I love her.

After 10 months of peeing on sticks to no avail, in November I saw the tiny double line I’d been longing for. I soon learned Baby likes pancakes and Dad shows his love by coming home with 8 kinds of crackers to keep the nausea at bay. And in the grab bag of first trimester surprises, something unexpected happened.

Baby was still the size of an olive and we had months to go before learning our little creature’s gender. I was watching a documentary I’d already seen twice— about the dangers girls face all over the world. And three quarters of the way through, I lost it. I ugly-cried in a way I’ve never done so abruptly.
All it took was one thought: “It’s a terrifying thing to bring a girl into this world.”

Terrifying to love a treasure so full of promise in a world that’s primed to break her spirit and beat her body.

As the 8 inch baby girl inside me grows, I can’t wait to meet her, to celebrate her. And more than ever, I’m passionate about creating a world that prizes her innocence, creativity, compassion and dreams.

In honor of International Women’s Day, here’s one way we can celebrate and protect the daughters of the world…

 

14 million girls were child brides last year.

 

 

Childbirth is the leading cause of death of girls aged 15-19.

 

 

70 million girls aged 6-12 do not attend school, often because they are forced to provide for their families.

 

 

50 million girls are missing in India— that’s as if every girl in America were to disappear.


47% of all girls in India are married as children

 



India is home to more illiterate moms than any other nation. They are strong-armed into aborting their girls, selling them or sending them to work in order for the family to survive.

When we educate a mom, we break the cycle of poverty and abuse for generations! We give her the power to give her daughters the safety and opportunity that she’s always been denied.

One amazing way we can help is by sponsoring a student through Sister India. Just $30 sends an illiterate woman to school for an entire year— where she’ll learn reading, writing, math, business skills, family health and how to make right choices for her children.

After one year 80% of students graduate with a 5th grade level of reading, writing and math! Before the class only 59% of students oppose child marriage, and by the end 95% oppose it! And by the end of the class 96% of students send their sons and daughters to school.

This literacy program, taught by caring, Indian Christian volunteers has already educated over 500,000 students in the last 30 years. Just $5,000 more would complete the funding for this year’s classes in Delhi and Haryana— two of the most dangerous regions to be a woman.

By skipping out on 1 blouse or one shellac mani, you can transform an entire family in India. You can stand with your sister in India and give her something others said she wasn’t worthy of: an education.

 

A world without girls is utterly incomplete. Let’s celebrate everything we love about them— their laughter, their ideas, their heart— by creating a safer world for girls everywhere! Please be a voice for girls by sharing this post with the hashtag #letgirlsbe.

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Comments

  1. 1

    Years and years ago when I was in HS I was part of the Model UN club – one of the conferences was basically on helping teams create projects like this – I m so happy to learn of this and how amazing to give women the gift of their own business – control of their own destiny.

  2. 2

    Where do I even begin… Having seen both sides of life, I feel angst that the image I see of my nation portrayed is so much similar to the reality I have seen back home. It hurts my ego but at the same time, its a necessary evil. My country has huge population of people who are villagers and poor and farming is still the main resource of work in all the rural areas. But I have also seen the exponential growth cities have had, the amount of modernism that have changed lives. But the inherent truth and reality is that, even in the world’s largest republic, populous and democratic country, women are claimed to be treated equal but are not. The divide has gotten deeper between the rich and the poor, while the middle class slogs on. In so many ways, its no different from so many other nations, but it is still the epic center of a lot of women related discussion because of its presence in the world politics and its place among the developing nations. Female infanticide, early age marriage, treating women as sub human’s are rampant in the really poor neighborhoods where education is scarce and societal norms are huge. I will also give you a very impartial view of what people actually feel of missions…Religion in a big part in the country, God worshipers and idol worshipers etc. Everyone mostly live in harmony, but when tensions are high, they target missions because to them, these missions have the main motive of spreading the gospel whether anyone converts or not is a different thing, but that is the only thing people see.. the don’t see the actual good work done by the mission…Anyways, this was more for of a heartfelt and loud thinking than anything else..

    • 3

      Hi Willfully Elegant! I love your website. And I love India! It was great to be able to read your thoughts. Our goal at Sister India is to come alongside our sisters in India as supportive friends. As I’m sure you know, India has passed many great laws protecting women and girls. Now the challenge is helping hearts and minds to find a better way. Our work supports the people of India in their efforts to serve their own people. Our teachers are educated local Indian Christians, who are sensitive to the culture and love their country. And we are seeing many wonderful results.

      • 4

        Thanks Deborah for hearing out my very loud vent, if not anything else… I have had friends who have not only donated but also worked along side missions in India, and to see how far this has come is certainly a huge thing. I love my country, just not blindly enough I guess, I see the good and the bad and I see how things should be perceived vs how it is.. anyways, its all one step at a time, and one can only hope things get better for the poor and underprivileged. Its more frustrating to me, that the world and so many people see what’s wrong while the people within often turn a blind eye..

  3. 5

    Thank you for this blog post. I made a small donation. Have you read the book “Homeless Bird” by Gloria Whelan? It is a children’s chapter book and is an excellent introduction for young people to the plight of girls in India.

  4. 6

    Thank you for your support, Lindsey and Leslie! I am familiar with Empart, and agree that they are also a great organization working in India. Like Sister India, they support the work of the Indian people, seeking to serve their own country. I haven’t read “Homeless Bird” but I’ll order it on Amazon today. Can’t wait to read it!

Speak Your Mind

*