Life in rural India is tough for children, but things are particularly hard for girls. Over 200 million women in India live below the poverty line.
46% of girls in India are undernourished. Families are so poor that marrying their daughters young feels like the only option. 75% of women in India are married underage. Some as young as thirteen.
A good education changes all of that. It opens up opportunities other than an early marriage and life of domestic servitude. But it also benefits the whole community for generations to come. Girls with an education marry later and have healthier children. A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to live beyond the age of five.
But to provide that quality education, girls need a good school and often they don't have that available.
For several years now, I have been supporting one such school in one of the poorest parts of India. It's a family-run school which has grown from 12 children about 25 years ago to over 700 now!
Not only do they provide quality education, but also a home for children who have nobody else.
They are now on their next step in the journey. The school want to provide girls and boys alike the opportunity to pursue careers in science and technology. But to do that they need good facilities and that is where you come in.
They reckon it will cost £37,000 to build those facilities and I want to see how much of that we can raise. Are you in?