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How do the classes sponsored by Sister India help Indian women and girls?​

You may wonder: ​H​ow do ​the classes you sponsor help Indian women and girls overcome the problems they face, such as child marriage? Can we really improve​ the​ir situation​?
The chart above shows some of the incredible results!  
At the beginning of the year 41% of the students encouraged child marriage. By the end of the class, only 5% encouraged child marriage! At the beginning of the class, 41% did not send their daughters (and sons) to school; by the end only 4% did not.  We see these remarkable results in classes across India.
Through your support for Sister India, you can make a tremendous difference in cultural attitudes toward child marriage. Student by student, class by class, village by village, we are part of a groundswell of social change in India, educating communities about the devastation caused by child marriage, about the importance of sending their daughters to school, and of the great value God gives women and girls. 

Some Facts about Child Marriage:  Child marriage is a persistent problem in India. According to the UN, 47% of Indian girls are married before the age of 18, even though it is illegal in most places in that country.1 Although most child brides are 13 - 17 years of age, girls are given in marriage as young as 3 to 5 years old. They are generally married to older males.2 Girls who marry before 18 suffer greatly, including from much higher rates of marital abuse and death while giving birth.3  

You will soon receive an email with an opportunity to help these girls through our end of year campaign.  Because of your support for Sister India,​ we will​ be able to point to many girls who have escaped child marriage, and who are instead sitting in a school room with their peers.  

Please consider making a difference for the women and the girls of India. You matter to them in a very tangible and measurable way!

For the women and girls of India,​
Deborah Spencer
Executive Director

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