Girls First reaches nearly 900 girls in urban slums in Surat, India
Similar to our program in Bihar, Girls First - Surat combines CorStone's foundational resilience curriculum for improved emotional well-being with comprehensive adolescent health training. The typical attendee is a Dalit (so-called 'untouchable') girl between the ages of 12 and 16; is the first generation in her family to attend school or has already been forced to drop out; lives in an urban slum with scarce running water, poor sanitation, few toilets, and high levels of violence; is at high risk for child marriage or is already married; and is likely to struggle with self-reliance and employability.
More than 20 women from the Federation of Slum-Women in Surat, India are conducting Girls First peer-support groups for nearly 900 girls in 11 community centers throughout Surat's poorest slums. The program will run through November 2014.
Our sincerest thanks to the Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation and the Abbott Fund for their generous support of Girls First - Surat!