Yuwa is a nonprofit organization in a village in rural Jharkhand, India that uses sports and education help girls escape child marriage, break the cycle of poverty, and powerfully take control of their own futures. Since April 2015, Yuwa School has been providing a world-class, life-changing education for the 90 girls enrolled.
In our third academic year, the girls and teachers of Yuwa School have two big requests: supplies for a Science Lab and more books for our library.
WHY A SCIENCE LAB?
Yuwa School's current high school Science teacher, Adelyn Smith, explains:
"When you enter a Yuwa classroom, the hunger and eagerness to learn is overwhelming; the girls are constantly going beyond the question at hand to understand the reasoning behind everything they are taught. Over the past several years, the oldest class at Yuwa, a group of nine enthusiastic budding scientists, has been learning the ins and outs of chemistry, biology, and physics.
"However, as everybody knows, it’s always better to learn by DOING than by SEEING, which is why we’re working to stock a complete science laboratory at Yuwa School.
"The girls have devised a list of supplies that every good science lab should have on hand, and they are asking for your help and support to see this goal realized. This lab will not only serve this class in their upcoming exam practical (which they will take in April 2018), but will be a gift for all the girls who come after them to continue to grow and foster. These girls can’t wait to see the secret lives of cells under a microscope and to observe what happens when you mix A with B. And the Yuwa girls promise to remember the first rule of chemistry lab – never lick the spoon!"
WHY LIBRARY BOOKS?
Yuwa School currently has a limited library of donated books ranging from basic storybooks and enclypedias to young adult novels and classic literature. For the ninety girls currently studying in Yuwa School, the library is their gateway to the world.
Most of our students do not have books at home because many of their parents cannot read or write (6 out of 10 women in Jharkhand are illiterate). But through the Yuwa School library, girls can check books out and take them home to read while grazing the goats, making dinner, or before going to sleep.
As Yuwa School grows and the students become more advanced readers, it's necessary to keep our library well stocked. The funds raised in this campaign will be used to purchase books for our growing library, better text books for our classrooms, and sets of novels to read in English classes.