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CorStone launches ‘GiveStart’ sponsorship program…and more

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 life of an adolescent girl or young woman by supporting her participation in CorStone’s Children’s Resiliency Program for Girls. Help us to empower girls with the hope, training and resources they need to transform their lives by sponsoring a girl today! Click here for more information on how it all works.

Also we’ll be returning to Surat, Gujarat on May 4-9 for Part II of our facilitator training for our Children’s Resiliency Program for Girls.  Over 50 women have been trained to facilitate the program to date and approximately 1,000 adolescent girls from six slums are expected to complete the program by year end 2011. This trip we’ll be conducting a follow-up two day intensive training in Restorative Practices, an innovative conflict resolution / problem-solving methodology ideal for low resourced communities.

Also, this trip we’ll be setting the stage for the rapid scaling of this program. Working with international and local partner organizations we intend to incorporate our training curriculum and methods into a broad market-based microfranchise network designed to equip poor adolescent girls and young women with critical life-skills and essential mental and physical health services in India’s urban slums. There are over 3,500 slums just in the state of Gujarat, housing millions of girls and young women living in impoverished conditions. The goal of the microfranchise will be to recruit, train, and certify a network of independent women health agents to facilitate group-based behavior change education as well as provide urgently needed health products to young women in the slums.

Lastly, in our continuing effort to document the impact of the program on the girls and young women of the slums, we’ll be joined by documentary filmmaker Stacy Waters and a local film crew from Twenty Four Frames, based in New Delhi. We’re looking forward to another memorable and successful trip. Be sure to follow us on our Facebook page and this blog as we share our experiences!

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CorStone needs your support! As you may be aware, CorStone, like so many local and international nonprofits, has seen its revenue from donations drop considerably due to the continued effects of the poor economy. In the past year we have been forced to close several cherished programs even as we seek to expand others to serve people in urgent need in the US and overseas. We know that ours is just one among many good causes in need of support. We ask that you give what you can. Please click here to donate!

Steve Leventhal
Executive Director

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