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Causes: International, International Relief

Mission: Shadhika's mission is to invest in the education, empowerment, and economic self-sufficiency of girls for India's future.

Target demographics: girls and young women

Direct beneficiaries per year: 350 young women and 100 young men

Geographic areas served: every major city in India

Programs: English classes, life skills courses, computer training programs, and college scholarships.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Donor

Rating: 5

After taking a trip to India with Shadhika's CEO and fellow donors in January 2018, and meeting the incredible women and girls Shadhika is supporting, I was moved to join the Board (starting January 2019). Shadhika does an incredible job of identifying and supporting quality programs that make a huge impact on the lives of the girls they serve. Shadhika also does an exceptional job of mentoring program directors, creating accountability and pushing the organizations to think critically about programs, spending and impact. The accomplishments of the girls and women Shadhika's efforts support are a testament to the commitment of the Shadhika team, the program sites and the donors that support them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Today I am about to complete a special course by Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE)to train in investment banking. They are committed to help me get a great job with high corporate. I was the only one chosen by BSE who had not studied thru prestigious in an English medium school. But I had attended NGO Vacha’s programme of life skills for girls. I had gone to a Municipal school for the poor and lived in a room in a slum, a hutment colony. I was about to complete my B.Com. when I gave the first interview. BSE even waived the course fee for me. I am fully aware that this happened because of Shadhika’s support at the crucial time when I completed high school. My sister Durga, a pharmacy graduate now, and we got Shadhika scholarships that were inclusive of many important things like the course fee plus money for travel and for dressing decently with proper clothes and shoes and for coaching where required and got a computer lap top of our own!. We simply loved it when we could also pay for important site visits and an overnight stay. All this made a lot of difference. We felt confident. People would not point us out as slum kids. All girls receiving Shadhika scholarship were safe from the danger of early marriage. They were not a burden to the family. Usually a scholarship is just paying college fee and, only a little bit extra. Shadhika gave us actually fellowships. Here Ms Kimberley (Our Kim Didi) talked to us, found out about what was needed and let us know that we were being selected not just because of our good grades but also because of our active role in the community. We had both campaigned against sexual harassment in our area and had to face an angry crowd for that. We are still active in community work and for girls’ rights. This was actually a fellowship.
Ours is a very conservative caste/ community. My sister and I are the first college graduates in it. Now my uncle, my father’s brother has also admitted his daughter to college. He no longer believes a college girl goes astray. Shadhika has remained in touch with us all through and that has kept up our morale. They also conducted a graduation ceremony of Shadhika fellows. Our parents were overcome and wept. They have made us promise that our first salaries will go towards supporting a girl in need.

Sneha Gupta,
Receipt of Shadhika Scholarship Programme

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Vacha project works on development and empowerment of girls from deprived communities thru imparting soft and hard skills like computer and camera use, English speaking, speech making negotiation, decision making etc. that are essential for a productive life in 21st century. We work in 12 to 17 very poor slums in and around Mumbai. We work with girls in age group 11-18 and always worried what future would bright and active girls would have. Extreme son preference across caste, religion and linguistic groups made girls very vulnerable. Orthodox communities controlled girls, mobility and education and believed in early marriage of girls. We did not have funds to support beyond High school education. That is when Shadhika came up with an idea of special scholarships for girls for undergraduate studies that would equip them for a better and more productive life. It introduced special scholarships that would allow girls to become self supportive, fight early marriage and interacted with girls without being uppity and patronising. This initiative and its success inspired Vacha Trust to create and develop its own scholarship fund. Shadhika had been supporting Vacha’s life skills and leadership programme in several poor communities already before this in a true partnership when the foundation did not partner by merely providing funds but continued sharing knowledge resources and potential opportunities for us. There were at least quarterly visits from its director, board and supporters every year and Shadhika understood the specificity of Gender situations in India. What our team also appreciates is the critical response to the ideas and suggestions and integrating them in programmes for the NGOs it is supporting.


Sonal Shukla, M.A., M.Ed.
Founder & Hon. Director, Vacha Charitable Trust
Member, Executive Committee, Indian Council of Basic Education (Earlier Secretary)
Member, Editorial Boards of Journals Quest in Education, Mumbai and Girlhood Studies, Canada
Founding member of Forum Against Oppression of Women, Mumbai

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Vacha project works on development and empowerment of girls from deprived communities thru imparting soft and hard skills like computer and camera use, English speaking, speech making negotiation, decision making etc. that are essential for a productive life in 21st century. We work in 12 to 17 very poor slums in and around Mumbai. We work with girls in age group 11-18 and always worried what future would bright and active girls would have. Extreme son preference across caste, religion and linguistic groups made girls very vulnerable. Orthodox communities controlled girls, mobility and education and believed in early marriage of girls. We did not have funds to support beyond High school education. That is when Shadhika came up with an idea of special scholarships for girls for undergraduate studies that would equip them for a better and more productive life. It introduced special scholarships that would allow girls to become self supportive, fight early marriage and interacted with girls without being uppity and patronising. This initiative and its success inspired Vacha Trust to create and develop its own scholarship fund. Shadhika had been supporting Vacha’s life skills and leadership programme in several poor communities already before this in a true partnership when the foundation did not partner by merely providing funds but continued sharing knowledge resources and potential opportunities for us. There were at least quarterly visits from its director, board and supporters every year and Shadhika understood the specificity of Gender situations in India. What our team also appreciates is the critical response to the ideas and suggestions and integrating them in programmes for the NGOs it is supporting.


Sonal Shukla, M.A., M.Ed.
Founder & Hon. Director, Vacha Charitable Trust
Member, Executive Committee, Indian Council of Basic Education (Earlier Secretary)
Member, Editorial Boards of Journals Quest in Education, Mumbai and Girlhood Studies, Canada
Founding member of Forum Against Oppression of Women, Mumbai

Board Member

Rating: 5

The association between STOP and Shadhika has experienced a fulfilling and worthwhile relationship for
the last three years. Our partnership started with Shadhika providing funds for vocational training
programs to the beneficiaries at our “Aashray” family home. With the help of Shadhika in the three
years, STOP has been successful in providing enhanced and quality vocational skill training to its
beneficiaries. The structure of the project helped our organization to conduct a wider vulnerability
mapping of the beneficiaries and create custom made solutions to help them overcome these
challenges. From trainees to peer trainers, STOP has observed a gradual improvement in the
beneficiaries through the various personality enhancements and confidence building programs availed
through Shadhika.
With constant care and support from Shadhika, STOP been able to establish a social enterprise that
deals with fashion and handicraft products. These products are available in national as well as global
market.
With the support received from Shadhika, beneficiaries from the communities adopted by STOP have
had the opportunity to receive formal education as well as soft skill training, spoken English training,
computer training, etc.
Shadhika continues to maintain constant transparency with their partner organizations. Their practical
and humanly approach has always helped STOP fulfill its vision. Shadhika makes a constant effort to help
the organizations by conducting meetings through annual retreats. The focus of the annual retreats is to
exchange best practices, learning, as well as the participants engage in a vital discussion for problem
solving under the guidance of the management and team of Shadhika.
STOP is and will always be grateful to Shadhika and its members for their compassion towards the work
and providing us with the meaningful hand-holding to strengthen our abilities.

- TEAM STOP (Stop Trafficking and Oppression of Children and Women

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Shadhika has partnered with Equal Community Foundation to Raise Gender Equitable Boys. This reflects Shadhika's nuanced understanding of what is required to advance their mission of empowering women and girls. Shadhika has been quick to grasp the catalyzing impact that gender-transformative programming for boys can have on improving outcomes for women and girls.

Shadhika's investment in our organisation goes way beyond funding. We are guaranteed a good sounding board for organisational strategy and we also benefit from opportunities for networking and capacity building through their partner workshops. What makes Shadhika unique among our partners is their keen focus to get to know the faces behind the numbers in reports and budget -- this goes for our team as well as the participants in our programmes.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Shadhika puts Indian girls and young women AT THE CENTER of their work - as well as the women-led, Indian NGOs that support them. Shadhika is non-paternalistic and human rights-driven - with deep, long-term impact. By removing barriers, girls and young women (and the boys who support them, and who also benefit from increased gender equality) can drive their own human rights and gender equality agenda and fully express their great ambition, compassion for others, and leadership. This philosophy is matched with a transparency and commitment to organizational effectiveness so that donor investments are used responsibly and effectively. If you care about India and it's future, Shadhika is an amazing investment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Shadika trip was the best way for me to be introduced to this organization and to India. I had a chance to meet you, the "kim",who put the kids, the staff, and us at ease.We had a chance to meet the innovators, the planners, find out through the girls about their families,their interests, street plays, newsletters, feminist songs, chances to learn English, job skills, how they come together as valued members of their group to sing and dance, speak publicly,and gain confidence. The interaction was so great, walking the streets together,visiting with family members, making friendship bracelets. They know someone "has their back." I am now a "pen pal" with one of the scholarship recipients.. Thanks. Annie

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Board Member

Rating: 5

We have been working with Shadhika for a number of years, and they are a major funder for Baale Mane Girls Home. We have a deeply routed partnership with them, and they are very much a part of our organisation rather than merely a source of funds.
They are open minded about our needs, and have always sought to help with ideas for programmes and solutions to any issues. They always share contacts, useful links and content that are helpful to our work. They also challenge us to think more broadly and offer a different perspective at times.
Their annual partners meeting allows us to share our knowledge with organisations across India, who have similar causes and a variety of approaches. Kim has also facilitated learning sessions for participants on a variety of topics, such as presentation making, and monitoring and evaluation techniques. This has always left us inspired to do more, and renews our resolve.
They really go above and beyond in their work and we are very fortunate to have such a strong partner with a deep commitment and resolve to help us develop our organisation.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Shadhika gives some of the most vulnerable women on the planet hope to author their own lives.

Funding girls education and fighting for gender equality in India is a major step to combatting fundementalism, poverty, malnutrition and climate change. These are some of the biggest problem facing the planet and shadhika is making a contribution because the future depends on women and girls.

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

Shadhika project was started by a Bengali woman who married a holocaust survivor. The project seeks to lift-up the lives of at risk girls and women, who live in world's largest democracy, but still struggle with literacy and self sufficiency and huge gender inequality. Women in India are 50 % of the population, but many of them are left out of the education system, economic system which stifles the growth of the country, and adds to violence against women.

Our project grants scholarships to girls who would otherwise not be able to go to school though our scholarship program. One of the programs we support helps former trafficked victims with life skills that allow them to live and function on their own by giving them job training and technical skills. The grantee partners are run by local women who understand the cultural barriers, like lack of family support, desire to get girls married at a young age, safety issues and gender discrimination. Shadhika seeks to reduce cultural barriers to women's education and equality, on at local level with sensitivity and compassion. The board in made up of a diverse group of both Indian and non-indian members, which is a unique strength. The support comes from a broad community of passionate people in the US who want to make a difference in the lives of women in the world.

1 Jenny M.1

Donor

Rating: 5

India is an exceptionally difficult place to survive for less privileged girls and women. Shadhika works to combat this staggering problem by providing education, scholarships and skills to a growing number of girls eager to change the course of their lives and make a difference within their communities. Working in some of the toughest environments, Shadhika is not only making girls' lives better, it is making communities healthier and stronger by involving brothers and fathers and families and schools...educating and altering long held misconceptions about the role of females within a society.

I visited India with Shadhika last year where I witnessed first hand the astonishing changes Shadhika has made possible. I visited so many girls and families whose very existences have been changed dramatically. I met first generation college graduates...once beleaguered girls now thriving since being embraced by the caring, effective role models and leadership made possible by Shadhika's funding. I witnessed the astonishing ripple effect of Shadhika's influence evident in the magnificence of communities coming together in a new age of fairness and equity.

Shadhika is growing and reaching more girls every year, thanks to the generosity of donors and that the organization itself is exceptionally well run. I am thankful for Shadhika and am proud to support them. Through their effective leadership and stewardship, I now support women and children in a country other than and in addition to my own. A country with such desperate need. A country with such thankfulness for all Shadhika accomplishes. Shadhika is making the world a much better place.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am totally committed to Shadhika’s work with at-risk girls in India, girls whose families earn less than $3.00 a day. Shadhika has helped thousands of girls realize their aspirations for a better life - by enabling them to escape child marriage, trafficking, domestic violence, abandonment, and forced labor. Close to 100 percent of the girls Shadhika serves avoid an early forced marriage. 95 percent of the girls Shadhika serves complete secondary school, compared to 48 percent for India overall. Because of Shadhika's support, girls have been able to complete their education, stand up for their rights, and acquire the skills they need to become financially independent

1

Donor

Rating: 5

After a trip to India I was inspired to look for charities that helped girls and young women find ways out of sex trafficking and child marriage. I found Shadhika. This charity helps girls and young women find their way through education and training to real jobs that can change the way women in India are treated and perceived.
This charity is well-run, communicates transparently and uses its resources responsibly.

1 Baitali G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Shadhika is a wonderful organisation which believes and work towards gender equality. It supports holistic development of adolescent girl in red light area to make them role model in front of others and prevent all forms of abuse against girls.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the prevlidge to participate in site visits of NGO’s supported by Shadhika. Inspiring to see how minimal funds by USA standards can be so impactful. Providing English and life skills is transforming the lives of young women from the most dire of circumstances. Life changing to witness.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for Shadhika, it has been extremely inspiring to witness the impact of this organization. Their dedicated team actively works to support young women and girls of India through various grants and educational programs. I look forward to participating in future Shadhika events.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have a close connection to this organization and I have been able to see all the positive impacts they have not only with the girls, but with the volunteers and employees as well. This is an amazing organization that allows those less fortuanate to have the opportunity to meet their full potential and thrive in their community. You can really tell that everyone envolved with this organization has such a passion for the cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Shadhika's events and love working with them. They are an amazing organization! They work so hard to make a visible impact on the girls they work with, and do so with very few staff members, which makes it all the more impressive.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Shadhika for almost five years. It's mission is to empower and educate girls in India, which is important not just for those girls that are helped but for their families, their communities, all of India and, ultimately the whole planet, since by 2050, it is projected that India will have the largest population of any country, surpassing China. I have helped plan events in Denver for Shadhika and travelled with the organization to India in January 2017, spending time with the NGOs there that receive Shadhika funds and the girls that are being helped. That trip was incredible and further demonstrated that, not only is Shadhika focused and well run but that it does a thorough job of vetting and supporting the NGOs in India to which it provides grants to ensure that the funds are being effectively used. This organization is making a positive, meaningful different for those immediately served and exponentially around them.

Donor

Rating: 5

Shadhika is an organization that was started out of love for girls in need of education & empowerment. The founder of Shadhika, Juthika Stangl has done an excellent job at not only recognizing this need but also bringing awareness around it. The current CEO, Kim Burnett has continued in Juthika's footsteps and expanded the program to a great extent. It is Shadhika's vision "Investing in Girls for India's Future" that makes me proud to be associated with this organization.