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Girls in India: Hardships and Impact

In my visit to India, I interviewed a few of the young girls in the community. Of the five we interviewed, only 2 were still enrolled in school. As shocking as that sounds, the statistics of India overall reflect a similar story.

One of the girls I interviewed who did go to school. A current seventh grader, she explained she wanted to become a teacher when she grew up.

According to a Times article, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights explained in 2018 that 40% of 15 to 18-year-old females were not going to school and that 65% performed chores at home instead.

Spending two hours a day on homework gave students a 63% chance of completing secondary school, as stated by the McKinsey Global Institute in 2018. The evening hours in these small rural communities could possibly offer extra time to complete this work in addition to household duties but in our community of focus, darkness prevents the village from doing much after sunset.

Solar lamps offer female and male students extra chances to complete schoolwork, which could encourage other families to allow their daughters to enroll again as well. Although the change is small, the impact can be astounding.

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