How CorStone’s Youth First and Girls First programs are strengthening resilience and changing lives for adolescent girls in Patna, Bihar India.
My name is Nivedita Singh and I am a project coordinator for the CorStone Girls First program in Bihar, India. I would like to share a personal story with you about Girls First’s impact. But instead of telling you how it has changed girls’ lives, or even how it has changed facilitators who work with […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
CorStone receives major grant from David and Lucile Packard Foundation for expansion of ‘Girls First’ in Bihar, India! We are excited to announce a major grant from the Packard Foundation in support of our Girls First program in India. The grant will provide personal resilience and adolescent health training to 3,600 girls ages 12-14 years […]
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 […]