Life is no picnic for girls living in the villages surrounding Anupshahar, India. They work all day to keep their family fed. They have no electricity, plumbing or toilets except for the field down the road. They are treated as burdens by their families, and aren't even acknowledged by their fathers.
Pardada Pardadi is trying to change all of that.
Since 2000, Pardada Pardadi Educational Society (PPES) has been improving the lives of girls in rural India. It provides free education and vocational training to girls in order to create a new generation of self-reliant and educated girls who will break the cycle of poverty in the region.
PPES was founded by Virender (Sam) Singh, a retired head of DuPont South Asia. Sam grew up in Anupshahar; although he left many years ago, he moved back in 1999 to use his success for the benefit of the people he left behind.
Sam knew that to break the cycle of poverty, he had to first focus on improving the quality of life for the weakest members of this society: rural female children. Since they’re often neglected and uneducated, they’re forever dependent on male family members for their livelihood.
To accomplish this goal, Sam created a school that provides both
education and vocational training. What's more, he provides the girls ten rupees per day just for attending.
By the time they graduate, each girl has vocational skills, a job offer, and up to 30,000 rupees in a savings account. Furthermore, they've learned invaluable lessons of women empowerment, equality, health and hygiene.