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A Path to Freedom

Why does Sister India provide holistic classes to uplift and protect Indian women and girls? Studies show that education is the single best way to change the life of an oppressed woman or girl.  Education also breaks the cycle of abuse and oppression for her daughter.  An educated mother shows less son preference, and is more likely to educate her daughter as well as her sons. What do we mean when we talk about holistic adult education classes? The majority of Sister India students come to us between the ages of 15-35 without a background of formal education. They also include widows, who have been abandoned by their families and are at great risk.   As children, many of our students were married off young, or sent to work instead of school to help provide for their family’s meager income.   There are high rates of child marriage in the populations we serve.   When a girl in India is married, she is pulled out of her home and school, and sent to live and work in the home of her new
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Neha and her husband have a daughter and a son. Because of ill health,  she couldn't work in the fields to help her family earn much needed income. Without an education, agricultural work is how most poor Indian  women help with the family income. It is back-breaking work, and pays very little.  As part of her Sister India class, Neha received small business training and  learned how to make and sell products.  She prepared soaps and gave them  to her husband to sell. Neha's husband sold her soaps in the evening. Because of the high  demand in a nearby tourist area, he could sell 50 to 70 soaps within two hours! Neha and her husband were able to save some money and rent a building near the tourist area to open their own shop. Thanks to your kind assistance,  Neha can read, write and do the basic accounting she needs to  take care of their shop.
Prevention is Essential The high rates of trafficking among the oppressed populations we serve is one of the reasons the Thomson Reuters Foundation named India as the most dangerous country in the world for females.  Once someone is trafficked, rescue is unlikely. To end trafficking in India we must stop the flow of human lives into exploitation.  Tragically, only 1% of all people who have been trafficked are rescued.  According to Gary Haugen of IJM, traffickers in India are more likely to be struck by lightning than to be prosecuted for their crimes.     Your support shines a bright ray of hope, equipping students, their families and communities to prevent trafficking. Your support serves the most vulnerable populations in India, and gives them the tools they need to prevent and resist trafficking in their families and their communities.    Students are educated to recognize the dangers so they can protect their children and communities against trafficking.  Because of their incre

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Sister India Reads

It’s that time again! Summer is drawing to a close and we think you need to top it off with a great book! That’s right, Sister India Reads book club is back! Grab some coffee and cozy up, we are diving into another truly great read from beloved young adult author, Mitali Perkins. Nominated for the National Book Award, and winner of multiple Best Book of the Year awards, "You Bring the Distant Near” explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture--for better or worse, from the perspective of Indian girls who’ve moved to the US. It’s appropriate for ages 12 and older, and we’re all enjoying this wonderful book.  You can order the book on AmazonSmile (sign up to benefit Sister India on Smile!) Shopping through   donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Sister India after you select us as your charitable organization. This doesn't just include this book- anytime  you shop through AmazonSmile, Sister India gets donations o