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When She Leads: Sanjuckta & Pranjuckta

July 7, 2020

This interview is part of our When She Leads Under Lockdown series. Learn more. COVID-19 continues to keep the young women of Shadhika isolated from friends, school, and their NGO community centers. In this interview, sisters Sanjuckta and Pranjuckta discuss their experiences since the lockdown and how they’re supporting and encouraging each other. Sanjuckta and   

When She Leads: Parvati

June 22, 2020

This interview is part of our When She Leads Under Lockdown series. Learn more. As the deadly spread of COVID-19 continues, many young women in India face the prospect of their family migrating away from the city back to their village of origin. Due to the lockdown and loss of income, many families feel this   

When She Leads: Reshma

June 15, 2020

This interview is part of our When She Leads Under Lockdown series. Learn more. Reshma is a third-year Shadhika Scholar pursuing a nursing degree at Rufaida College of Nursing Jamiya Hamdard in Delhi. She is a participant with our grantee partner site, STOP India. Reshma was interviewed by Kendra Nicolai, Shadhika’s U.S.-based Program Officer. Hi   

How can grant-makers make a difference?

June 10, 2020

Change is hard. Whether it is a change in our personal relationships or in a job situation. In a moment when change feels particularly needed yet thorny, what can we do as grant-makers to make a difference? I assumed my new position as the world was shaken by the deadly spread of COVID-19 through our   

Donors Raise Funds for Gender Equality: Our Fall Fundraiser Update

November 11, 2016

Shadhika’s Fall Fundraiser is over! A big thank you to our friends in Madison, Wisconsin who hosted a fundraising party, our donors who participated in our matching program, and to each and every supporter who helped us raise just over $70,000 this October! The support we received from each of you is absolutely critical to   

Shadhika Receives Platinum Rating from GuideStar

August 12, 2016

GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations, used by donors throughout the world to assess a nonprofit’s transparency and accountability. Shadhika was recently awarded GuideStar’s Platinum status – the highest level of recognition they offer. As a Platinum Participant, GuideStar has determined that Shadhika meets the highest level of accountability and   

Why We Invest in Girls

November 10, 2015

The following is a reprint of Shadhika’s CEO’s (Kim Burnett) remarks from our fall fundraisers. A recent study found that India was the worst country for women among all the G20 nations¹. Why is this? Because extreme poverty, an entrenched patriarchal culture, and the on-going presence of the dowry system compel many poor families to   

In Focus: Modern Day Slavery in India

June 12, 2015

Fighting Modern Day Slavery in India By Sharon Malhotra, Shadhika supporter Today, India is home to more slaves than any other country in the world. Reports estimate the number to be between 14-20 million, some claim the number to be much higher. Slavery has many faces: debt bondage, forced child labor, domestic servitude, forced marriage,   

VACHA’s Right to Pee Campaign

November 25, 2014

According to the 2011 Indian census over 50 percent of Indian households do not have a toilet. Even worse, public toilets are few and far between and those that do exist charge a fee, making them out of reach for many. Lack of toilet facilities is not just a health problem, but also a safety   

In Focus: Child Marriage

June 23, 2014

Should She Go to School or Get Married?  How Child Marriage Impacts Indian Girls By Dana Kornberg, BSS Volunteer Educating our young people depends on many of the right ingredients coming together successfully, but if they can’t make it to school in the first place, then the rest is a lost cause. For many Indian