WHAT IS THIS CAUSE?
Pratham USA - We specifically would like to focus our donations to Pratham's 'Second Chance' program. This program supports young girls over 14 who couldn't finish their education because they were either child brides or their parents didn't think that the girls needed to be educated further! Many of these girls did not want to drop out of school, but they were forced to do so because of socioeconomic circumstances and cultural attitudes. Pratham's alternative education model engages these girls in a safe, supportive environment and helps them obtain their diploma, improving their prospects for higher education and employment. Pratham's model allows girls to attend classes in or near their villages in the afternoon, once their chores have been completed.
WHY DID WE PICK IT? This cause really spoke to me and my parents. I have been so incredibly privileged to have been blessed with a family (and now future life partner) who have always supported me in my education, my career, my passions. Every woman should have that right and that freedom. Marriage should be a reflection of a loving commitment between two compassionate, compatible & equal partners - not a transaction. We firmly believe in Pratham's noble cause.
-Kriti & her parents.