Despite being a developing country, girls and women in India are discriminated against attaining education. When we talk about women empowerment, education holds one of the most critical places for their development. Educating girls is one sure way of giving them much greater power -of enabling them to make genuine choices over the kinds of lives they wish to lead.
Pumpkin Seeds works in the field of educating young children, primarily girls, from disadvantaged section of the society in India. While recognizing the collective effort of both the government and NGOs in alleviating the evils of poverty and illiteracy in India, Pumpkin Seeds is an effort to go beyond rudimentary literacy and provide children from disadvantaged sections of the society with real opportunities and resources to compete with the best in tomorrow’s world. We work at the community level to empower women and slum communities to be catalysts of change in their own right and collaborate with existing public health systems and health care providers to create sustainable improvements in urban health.
We have an approach to transform girls through education and achieve gender equity and equality while acquiring education across India
a) Participation of girls-Our initiative is based on influencing governments and other partners to review existing educational policies and adopt strategies to achieve greater and better participation of girls’ in education.
b) Building awareness- Our initiative is to build public awareness on the social and economic value of girls’ education so that citizens themselves take responsibility for educating girls and support us in our cause.
Interventions – We create models that demonstrate the kind of contexts that are conducive to enrollment, continuation and completion of the school cycle.
Our area of work focuses on a full survey done in a rural area. In the survey, we witness the plight of underprivileged children and their family. We believe that supporting an individual means investing and framing a structure that easily support her. We not only take the responsibility of the child entirely but also train mentors, provide school equipment, and establish a settled employment for their family. We nurture parent support groups who help them to flourish successfully in their life.
When we support a child, we not only sponsor their education but also provide them other essentials, such as uniforms, books, and sanitary protection. We believe in investing beyond classroom and helping vulnerable children to complete their education.
For a developing country like India, development of underprivileged children holds the key of the development of the nation itself and most of all their education is the cornerstone of their progress. As we know, education for underprivileged children cannot be achieved without ensuring the welfare of the family. For instance a child may go to school regularly only when the family, especially the mother is healthy as well empowered.
We very well realize this. For the betterment of the children, Pumpkin Seeds has adopted an approach with intensive programs which primarily focus on family health, livelihood and women empowerment as well as takes care of the needs of children and their families.
We address the areas of education of children, healthcare to the poor, livelihood for the youth and empowerment for women.
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