Sponsor a Girl for Education

For: Garhwal English Medium School
Organizer: Garhwal Organization for Uplifting the Needy
Sponsor a Girl for Education (Garhwal English Medium School)
$3,900
of $6,000 goal
65% Complete
Raised by 41 donors
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The Story

There is a saying in India, "If you educate a boy, you educate a man, but if you educate a girl, you educate a family."

The general sentiment among poor families in India is that one should not invest too heavily in a daughter because she will only get married and go to live with her husband’s family. This perception is noted at Garhwal English Medium School (GEMS). While we have 162 children enrolled in our school, only 51 are girls. We hope to increase this number to 100 girls over the next year. Our girls dream of a better life, and education is the stepping stone to improving their lives and the lives of their families. When we used to ask the children what they want to be when they grow up, the girls would smile and say, "We will be mommies one day."  Now, when we ask this question, the girls smile widely and declare, “I want to be a doctor so I can help the ladies in my village” or “I will become an engineer.” The list goes on to include nurses, teachers, business women, policewomen, even politicians.

Help us make their dreams a reality by sponsoring a GEMS girl who dreams of something more.

The cost of sponsoring one girl for a year is $420.00, or $35.00 a month. This includes her books, uniform, shoes, lunch, transportation, and a percentage of operating costs (wages, electricity, fuel, etc to run the school). We have provided a photo gallery with short bios of ten GEMS girls. If you would like your donation to go to a specific girl, please let us know by clicking on the "Contact the Organizer" blue box at the bottom of this page. Every donation is greatly appreciated and we will keep you up to date through periodic emails with photos and school news. We will apply all donations from this fundraiser to the education of GEMS girls and we hope that all donors will provide their email address so we can stay in touch.

GEMS is a not for profit school situated in the Indian Himalaya. We opened our doors 5 years ago in response to the poor quality education offered by the government. All of our children are from very poor homes, but they have a lot of ambition, and they have dreams. That is what we at GEMS are all about -- making dreams come true. We began with just 8 children 5 years ago in a cow shed. Now we have 162 children, from 15 villages, being educated in a new school facility which includes 9 classrooms, a computer room, library, dining hall, kitchen, bathrooms, and an office. We also have a bus to transport our children to their village homes. Our children know the value of a good education and what it can do for them, their families, and their communities.

To learn more about GEMS please visit our website. With our focus on education sometimes we get behind in updating our website, but updates are underway, including a new portal to view writing and art work by our GEMS girls.
http://gems-school.org/




Donors may also deposit directly into our Canadian bank account, or transfer funds internationally directly to our Indian Bank account. Please contact us for details.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 30, 2014

Posted on October 30, 2014

Tomorrow our children will go to a community sports tournament which means they have to march past important people and stand side by side wealthier children attending wealthier schools. Today I walked the rows of children, many with their toes sticking out of their shoes, and who still do not have long pants or sweaters for winter. I told our children they could whisper in my ear if their papas could not manage to get them new shoes for tomorrow. We will manage somehow. I have a lot of whispers in my ear today. But despite this, I know in my heart our children are learning so well. I know my teachers are doing a wonderful job. Our children today were writing letters to friends in England and they wrote beautifull, interesting and inquisitive letters. They are interested in all there is to learn. I just wish you all could meet them and see just how much an education means to them. We only have $1600 to go to meet our goal. $1600 will take us a long way in providing our children with the education they so deserve. If you do anything important this year, do this one thing -- sponsor a child for their education. 

Posted on October 28, 2014

Posted on October 28, 2014

We have 5 little girls sponsored so far and just 5 more to go. We are confident we can get them all sponsored. Thanks so much to eveyone who has contributed so far. 

Posted on October 13, 2014

Posted on October 13, 2014

We are almost half way there to getting 10 girls sponsored. Yey! Thanks to those who have helped so far and to those thinking about it, any contribution is greatly appreciated -- and gets us that much closer to our goal! And guess what? We just added a new student this week -- a little girl named Pooja has joined our class 2. She comes from a very poor family from a very distant village. She has come to stay with her aunt, our cleaning lady for the school. All is good in the world of GEMS. 

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