CorStone’s Resiliency Program for Girls in India | Results are in!

CRPG participants outside their school

CRPG participants outside their school

CorStone is pleased to announce the results of the Children’s Resiliency Program for Girls (CRPG) with 1,000 girls from the slums of Surat, India.

The CRPG was conducted in partnership with the Federation of Slum Dwelling Women, a cooperative of over 1,000 women in Surat. Girls in the program were 12-16 years of age, from the Dalit (so-called “untouchable”) caste, at risk for abuse, discrimination, child marriage, and school dropout.

In just 12 weeks (2 hours per week), girls who attended the program saw measurable impact on mental health, self-esteem, optimism, peer and family relationships and school conduct.

And the results…!

Using a mix of standardized assessments and qualitative interviews, our local research partner, Sangath, confirmed that girl participants…

  • became better able to control their anger
  • were more hopeful and optimistic
  • felt a newfound ability to resolve disagreements and avoid fights
  • were better able to cope with challenges such as health problems, school exams, conflicts with peers and family members, and crime and violence in their environments

“Ever since the teacher taught us about friendship we behave well with each other. If anyone needs anything we give and we remain together.” (Student)

Girls scoring Normal on the standardized psychological assessments increased from 65.5% at baseline to 79.2% at post-test. Girls scoring Borderline decreased from 22.3% at baseline to 8.8% at post-test. The control group showed no statistically significant difference.

 SDQ surat

Equally exciting…

  • Parents insisted that their daughters attend the sessions because they believed they couldn’t learn these skills anywhere else. Many parents even asked if they could enroll in the trainings for their own benefit.
  • Group facilitators considered the program so important that they often personally paid for transportation for girls for whom transportation costs were a problem.
  • Slum leaders from over 25 slums have united in support of the program and have requested its expansion beyond the schools and into the community.

“The girls liked the sessions! They used to wait for them to come… I think the program has benefited students. Now, some of the girls who never used to talk in class are coming forward; they ask questions, they have learned to speak.” (School teacher)

Want to learn more? Click here for the full report.

What’s Next?

In 2012, CorStone will launch Girls First!, a grassroots-network initiative that will directly impact the education, health and employability of 50,000 high-poverty girls in India in three years.

Cost of the program is less than $50 per girl, while employing nearly 700 women in 100 slums in five cities.

We are urgently seeking to raise $500,000 now to support launch of the program to the first 10,000 girls in 2012 without delay.

Help us reach our goal of 50,000 girls in three years at a cost of just $50 per girl!

Please sponsor a girl through our GiveStart program or consider a tax-deductible online donation today!

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