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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.

Steve, Kate and Gracy visit a village adolescent resource center in Kalamati, Jharkhand, India

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 the next three years. This roll-out will test delivery of our Resiliency curriculum in conjunction with a robust Reproductive and Sexual Health training program developed by CorStone over the last year. This will also be our first implementation of the program in remote rural communities, where girls remain highly vulnerable to early marriage and pregnancy, early school-dropout, trafficking, and gender discrimination and violence. To learn more about Girls First! – India, please click here. To donate please click here!

Grant Announcements – Our good news continues!
We are pleased to announce our first grant from the David & Lucile Packard Foundation. Highly respected for their innovative work addressing population growth and positive reproductive health around the world, Packard’s support will enable us for the first time to explore implementation of the Girls First program in remote rural and tribal areas, particularly in the states of Jharkhand and Bihar.

We’re also excited to announce continued Girls First – India funding from Abbott Fund. Abbott Fund has generously provided annual funding for this program since our initial pilot of the Children’s Resiliency Program for Girls in Delhi in 2009, and we are grateful for their continued support.

For the Family Resiliency Program (FRP), we are also pleased to announce new funding from the Bella Vista Foundation for continuation of the program in San Rafael, CA. Bella Vista has generously funded the FRP since its inception in 2009 and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to offer this highly successful program in our local community.

Lastly, today, thanks to your support, our financial position continues to improve — but we really need your help to return to financial stability in 2013! Please consider a donation today! Our heartfelt thanks to all our funders and supporters!

CorStone welcomes new board member Brenda Chapman!
We are proud to announce the addition of Brenda Chapman to our Board of Directors. Brenda Chapman is an American writer, animation story artist and director. In 1998, she became the first woman to direct an animated feature from a major studio, DreamWorks Animation’s The Prince of Egypt. Other credits include Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, as well as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Shrek, WALL-E, Ratatouille, Up, Toy Story 3, and most recently Pixar’s Brave (2012). Welcome Brenda!

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