NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOCAMP PROJECT
We're excited about our newest project - a National Geographic photography camp for the girls at Seva Sadan, one of our orphanages.
The concept is a one week course taught by National Geographic instructors in Mumbai for 20 girls. National Geographic will provide all teaching, photography, and editing equipment. The goal is to empower the girls to find a new voice and tell their stories through their eyes. We're aiming to create a book of their photographs and potentially display their images at an exhibit, the proceeds for which will then be used to continue funding the girls.
UPDATE: Thanks to all of you, FOX NEWS and National Geographic we have secured the funds to be able to make this dream a reality for our girls!
C2C Tech Lab
The C2C Tech Lab is a 15-week intensive, technology-focused program that will use storytelling, digital literacy and mobile application entrepreneurship to build leadership and coding skills. Whether it’s an application to tackle safety issues for women or an educational tool that targets former child slaves, girls use technology to make the world a better place. The C2C Tech Lab is led by Nawneet Ranjan, a filmmaker from San Francisco who launched the Dharavi Diary, a project pioneered in one of the world’s largest slums where girls aged 10-18 come together to break the cycle of poverty. Utilizing the MIT App Inventor, the girls work together to solve problems for their community. The latest application involves a process to streamline the water gathering process; as water only comes once a day, many of the girls are forced to skip school and wait in line for hours. The application enables families to register for a time slot and secure a place in advance. By creating this practical solution, the girls have solved for multiple factors: preserving the water resource, allowing the girls to go to school, and enabling mothers to engage in other activities that benefit their families and the community. This ripple effect creates change.
The C2C Tech Lab also fosters an environment where the girls work together as a team, requiring them to develop and utilize each person’s strengths to successfully complete their assignment. And, most importantly, since the program is a 15-week intensive, it allows the girls to continue to be engaged in the program as mentors to the next group of girls who participate, as well as providing them a skill set that will enhance their future employment prospects.
The C2C Tech Lab will leverage the learnings of the Dharavi Dairy to create the next generation of innovators and leaders.
C2C & chapin partnership
Class 3 Students Fundraising Project
The Chapin School is an all-girls school in New York City which centers its curriculum on the intellectual and personal growth of young women. Each year, girls in Class 3 learn about India as part of their Social Studies curriculum. In conjunction with their study, students participate in a service learning project for a cause that will support the greater global community. This year, Commit2Change (C2C) partnered with The Chapin School to raise money for girls’ education in India. C2C co-founder Sumana Setty and Jacqueline Cervantes, a C2C board member, visited Chapin this December to teach students about the challenges girls in India face. They first began asking the students of their dreams for their futures. Some students imagined being actors and artists, others hoped to be doctors and scientists.
"I'm so proud that all of you want to do such amazing things," Sumana said. "But, how would you feel if someone told you that you couldn't do those things?" "I would still believe in myself but I would feel hurt," one student said. "I would be sad. It would feel like my dreams had died," said another.
"Your education will give you lots of options in your life, but some girls around the world aren't as lucky as you are," Jacqueline said.
Sumana and Jacqueline shared how many Indian girls don’t get the opportunity to go to school. Too often schools in India do not have enough facilities for every child. Some families can’t afford to pay for school supplies and prioritize sending sons to school over daughters. Many girls stay at home during the day to look after their younger siblings and help family members with day to day tasks. They further explained how C2C invests in girls’ education and how this yields profound dividends on the girls’ financial security, family life, and self-esteem.
To raise money for C2C, Chapin students hand painted and sold 460 diyas, small clay lamps symbolizing the Indian holiday Diwali or “festival of lights”. A diya is used to celebrate the festive spirit of Diwali. The proceeds from this service project will go towards helping orphaned Indian girls access textbooks and transportation to and from school. Learning more about Commit2Change inspired the students to spread the message of education equality and to be mindful of the privilege they have to be at school every day. "When you go to school, your children will see how rewarding it is, and they will be inspired to do it too," one student said. "When girls are educated, they can fight for their rights!" said another. The students were proud to paint and decorate their beautiful diyas, knowing the difference their sales would make in the lives of other girls. "What we are doing for our fellow girls in India is so important," Chapin Head of the Lower School Thérèse Cruite said. "Talk about girl power!"