Live Happy Editorial Director, Deborah K. Heisz talks with Steve Leventhal, executive director of CorStone, about a needed practice for choosing joy: Resilience.
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 […]
Girls First – India Update Last week, Steve Leventhal and Kate Sachs joined Gracy Andrew, CorStone’s country manager in India, for visits to new implementing partners in Bihar, Jharkhand, Delhi, Mumbai, and Surat. The purpose of the trip was to finalize roll-out plans with our partners with the goal of serving no less than 50,000 marginalized girls over […]
CorStone’s Family Resilience Program (FRP), which has reached nearly 200 parents in San Rafael and Marin City, CA since 2009, has just completed its fourth session in San Rafael with low-income Spanish-speaking parents. The results are in, and the program has again delivered measurable impact! The 2011-2012 FRP provided in San Rafael consisted of one fall and […]
I’m very pleased to announce our new GiveStart sponsorship program for adolescent girls in India! The program provides individual donors with the opportunity to sponsor a girl living in an urban slum in India to lift herself out of poverty. For just $20 per month (that’s less than a daily latte at Starbucks!) you can change the […]
Earlier this week, upon completing the launch of CorStone’s Children’s Resiliency Program for Girls in Surat, Gujarat, I spent a night in Mumbai while waiting for my flight back home. The view outside my hotel window was of an immense sprawling slum. Clusters of grey ramshackle tin roof shacks as far as I could see, […]
Imagine this: You are Ratna. As Ratna, you’re a gorgeous Indian woman in your early twenties. You have long, shiny hair, which you part in the middle, and braid down your back. Your eyes are large almonds, the color of dark-chocolate, and your smile is as brilliant as the purest diamond, which is what your […]
Today, accompanied by Bay Area photographer Laura Kudritzki and a local film crew, I went to visit two slums in Surat, India, as part of the launch of CorStone’s Children’s Resiliency Program with 1,000 at-risk adolescent girls. Six thousand people live in the first slum, 2,000 in the second one. In the 45 years since […]