Imagine living in country where boys attend school and follow career paths, while their sisters are often sold into sex trafficking, forced into child labor, or married off to older men at the age of fourteen. Imagine living in a country where girls are considered universally "inferior." In Nepal and India, this devastating social hierarchy is reality. Educating girls, however, breaks the cycle.
Kriti, a Nepalese girl, watched the Taliban murder her father, saw cancer take the life of her mother, and, as a result, worked as a child-servant to support her younger siblings. Fortunately, the Little Sisters Fund rescued Kriti and gave her an education where she quickly excelled to the top of her class. Now, attending college in the United States, Kriti studies medicine and plans to return to Nepal as a doctor. With an education, Kriti can provide for herself, choose when and whom to marry, and assure that her daughters receive an education. Unfortunately, for every success story, like Kriti’s, thousands of Nepalese and Indian girls are forced into sex trafficking, sold into child labor, or married off to an older husband.
After learning about this tragic truth, Rachael Su '18 and I were determined to make Kriti’s success story the reality for more Nepalese and Indian girls. We both created clubs, the Girls Rising Club and Wings Club, which joined forces, and built a community that works to raise awareness and money for impoverished Nepalese and Indian girls. Our clubs recently created a crowdfunding website (https://startsomegood.com/girls-taking-flight) that donates all proceeds to charity organizations (The Little Sisters Fund and The Kiran Anjeli Project) that protect Nepalese and Indian girls from sex trafficking, child labor, and youth marriage by giving them an education. Hoping to start breaking the cycle of uneducated women in Nepal and India, we strive to raise enough money to give a full education to a Nepalese girl and an Indian girl.