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India: Faces of Hope

Education initiative for young women from poor families

Urbanization in poor countries, and especially in emerging countries, is causing poverty to grow, especially in cities. For the people in the slums and slums, life is a daily struggle for survival. Schooling is becoming a luxury. Girls and young women are particularly affected. For many of them, a high school diploma or even a degree is just a pipe dream. So also in India.


Across India, inequality between women and men is extreme. In 2018, India ranked 122nd out of 162 countries in the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) index of gender inequality. This is also reflected in the education system. Every year, fewer girls than boys go to school, 70% of whom drop out before the age of 14. In 2018, only 39% of all Indian women had a secondary school leaving certificate.

The reason for this is - besides a lack of money - above all the role model of women in India. Girls play only a subordinate role, especially in the traditionally shaped population groups in rural areas or in the slums. Many have to drop out of school to support their families or to earn their dowry. They - and thus also their children - are denied the chance to use their talents to break the vicious circle of a lack of education and poverty.

Heera (19) grew up in a remote village in the state of Madhya Pradesh

Heera's family belongs to a tribal people (tribals) and lives from what the fields throw off. With a lot of diligence and perseverance, the young woman managed to finish school and went to college - until at some point there was no more money. Today it is sponsored by ChildFund. “I want to become a teacher and show children how important education is,” she says with a smile.

Studies show: educated women are better protected from poverty, they marry later and are more likely to take action to achieve improvements - for themselves and for their families. Education is also the best answer to heteronomy and exploitation that affects millions of Indian women. Many young women who are about to graduate from school today dream of becoming teachers, engineers and nurses. They rebel against traditional notions that set narrow boundaries for women, that encourage early school leaving and child marriages. This requires courage and assertiveness - and deserves every conceivable support!

ChildFund's commitment

With the “Faces of Hope” educational program, ChildFund has been supporting talented young women since 2013 and giving them the opportunity to graduate from school, gain a qualification or study through grants. In doing so, we are breaking new ground, because so far educational programs have focused on the elementary education of women in rural areas. “Faces of Hope”, on the other hand, is aimed at poor young women in urban areas.

They get the opportunity to develop their potential, to develop concrete life perspectives and to realize them. They show that through education, social advancement is also possible for young women from the poorest of backgrounds. Your success breaks old thought patterns in your social environment and opens up a chance for other young women to get a higher education. The well-educated women, as multipliers over generations, contribute to sustainable change.

The range of courses and subjects chosen ranges from business administration to nursing and obstetrics to computer science and engineering. The tuition and training fees incurred are covered by the scholarship. In addition to their studies, the scholarship holders take part in courses and workshops on topics such as career planning, lifestyle, dealing with their own finances and health. The aim is to additionally strengthen their personality and everyday skills.

Together with us, set an example for a better, a more just India!

Educational opportunities for young women from poor families: your donation creates a future!

25 euros

enable a student to be equipped with books, exercise books and other material.

94 euros

are enough to finance a scholarship holder's studies for a month.

130 euros

costs a group training to strengthen personality and the right career choice.

Project information at a glance

Aims:Overcoming the disadvantage of young women from poor families. Opening up better career prospects through higher school qualifications, training or studies. Strengthening the personality and life skills of the scholarship holders. Show education for girls as a way out of poverty in awareness to the people around them.

Target group: 72 young women (15-24 years) who belong to the disadvantaged castes, indigenous people (Adivasi) or other poor groups.

Place: South Indian states of Andra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu

Partner:ChildFund India

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