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In honor of International Day of the Girl | Special message from ‘Girls First’ , India

I just returned from Bihar, one of India’s poorest states, where 3,400 girls from rural villages have just completed the CorStone Girls First program. This wasn’t my first trip – I think I’ve been to India more than a half-dozen times at this point – and I expected to feel the way I often do […]

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Girls First, Bihar, India

March 2014 eNews

At CorStone, our passion is unleashing potential, holding a powerful mirror to inner strengths, and awakening agency…in the marginalized, the economically disadvantaged, and the under-served. Our 2014 has started out with a bang — nearly 4,500 at-risk adolescent girls and boys in India are currently enrolled in CorStone programs. And ambitious plans to expand to […]

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CorStone | eNews November 2013

Girls First – Bihar update: 2,000+ adolescent girls attending peer-support program in rural India Launched in Bihar in July, over 2,000 adolescent girls in 68 schools in rural Bihar are attending our weekly Girls First program. Bihar is one of India’s poorest states, with many girls of low caste forced to drop out of school and marry by […]

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A 14 year old girl stands up to early marriage in India

We were visiting a school in a rural village of Bihar, India, sitting with some 50 girls and several mothers on the classroom floor, talking and doing some filming. A girl stood up and began telling us how much our Girls First program had changed her life, giving her self-confidence to face her problems and challenges. When […]

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Girls First, Bihar, India

The Circle

Kate and I visited a school in rural Patna today. Oppressive poverty mixed with lush green rice paddies, stifling heat, a little boy riding a water buffalo, goats painted pink and yellow, and stunning colorful saris.We sat in a circle with 15 girls attending our Girls First program. One of the girls sang us a beautiful […]

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