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Pardada Pardadi Educational Society
September 29, 2010

Late into Autumn of 2006 and early into my stay and volunteer commitment in India, I am asked to go with the education scout of Pardada Pardada Educational Society (PPES) into the one of the numerous villages deep in Uttar Pardesh, a world away from the rapid modernization that has been overtaking India in recent years. We are here to scout for girls and more importantly to convince their fathers to let them come to school. Through this mission to educate girls in the countryside Pardada Pardadi has started a movement that is literally transforming rural Anupshara district from one of the poorest areas of India, giving young talent finally the opportunity to shine. More importantly these gifted young women are being given a voice to declare defiantly: “I AM NOT A BURDEN.” The philosophy of PPES is a holistic approach that encompasses the girl child, her family, and the community. In just over 10 years, PPES has made breakthroughs where others have continually failed. Why am I drawn to PPES? It is not an anti-human trafficking program to be sure. However, its accomplishments for this community of UP, is better that all of the high gloss commercial campaigns or trafficking shelters. PPES is stopping the exploitation of women before it is happening! You cannot tempt families by false promises to leave their homes for a better life, if it is possible to create that life at home. The PPES model is a one that we need more of especially in rural India. PPES with its educational program is making a stand against century old traditions that make it acceptable to sell, marry or marginalize girl children. When you eliminate these push and pull factors you stop one of the most important causes of human trafficking. For anyone who has spent time in India, you can see that the exploitation exists on a grand scale. From my experience in rural India I began to understand that education in conjunction with local community empowerment is the best means to tackle HT and exploitation of the most vulnerable. I firmly believe in the mission of PPES because I witnessed its incredible impact first hand. It is my sincere hope that PPES can make more schools, and education more children. The staff at PPES is amazing and the world needs more Sam Singh's! I wish them every success and encourage people to volunteer with PPES, it is a life changing experience to work with those amazing young students!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have spent the better part of my professional life working on gender equality and I am keenly aware of the exigent work to be completed. PPES is a organization that is at the forefront of bring gender equality to rural UP India.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more ways to fundraiser so as to help them in their mission to change cultural perceptions that marginalize girl children.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with the dedicated and amazing staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

global citizens and women dedicated to gender equality

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change rural UP for the better

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed longer.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Worked as a volunteer.