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Q4 Newsletter - January to March 2016
Dear friend,

Ensuring that 1,20,466 Nanhi Kalis attend after-school academic classes every day in 3224 schools across 10 states in India is no mean achievement! It is thanks to your contribution that makes this possible. I’d like to share with you a brief Progress Report for 2015-16 so you can see, first hand, the good work that you are a part of.

The programme’s design ensures that there is a one-on-one connect with each of our Nanhi Kalis. This results in not only improvement in their learning levels and attendance, but they also get an opportunity to participate in a gamut of extracurricular activities ranging from debates and elocutions to kayaking and even recording radio jingles! They not only complete school, but also don’t get married before they are 18, and along the way, they learn to think and question the status quo. Most of these girls continue their education after class 10, and a significant number of Nanhi Kalis have completed their graduation and some have even been gainfully employed.

This kind of progress, year after year, has given us the confidence to upgrade our programme and plan for a scale up to #milliongirlsinschool. The upgrade will enable us to tackle challenges beyond education, to include reproductive health and hygiene, safety and life skills, by working with a larger universe of adolescent girls after they finish school. We hope to contribute to the creation of India’s next generation of empowered women who will be the motherboard for a new India.

I thank you for being a part of our journey. I look forward to sharing more such stories of progress with your continued support.

Warm regards,
Sheetal Mehta
Trustee & Executive Director,
Project Nanhi Kali
#MillionGirlsInSchool – Making it a Reality.

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Chakali Anitha is a first generation learner from a village in Mehbubnagar district, in Telangana, India. Anitha’s parents, being illiterate, focused their efforts on educating their son who was 2 years older than Anitha, while she was delegated the task to complete the household chores.

Read the whole story here.

To celebrate Project Nanhi Kali’s landmark goal of educating 100,000 young girls, a 4 day retrospective of one of India's most celebrated actors, Smita Patil, saw a showcase of her films being screened in Hyderabad, that culminated on International Women’s Day.

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Nanhi Kalis from schools in Nallagutta
and West Marredpally win at the
Hyderabad kayakathon.

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Running for cause
Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon

Over 375 people, that included a team from Gujarat Rubber and Reclaim and a huge contingent from Mahindra & Mahindra, ran in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon this year. The total funds raised will support 2,344 Nanhi Kalis of which as the SCMM Change Icon, Mr. Anand Mahindra will support 1,666 Nanhi Kalis.

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Footsteps4good Marathon

At the Footsteps4good marathon, 80 people ran and raised funds for the education of over 50 Nanhi Kalis. A special thank you to the Gulf Oil Lubricants India Limited team for running in support of Project Nanhi Kali.

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DNA iCan Women’s Marathon

The DNA iCan Women’s Half Marathon has made it possible for us to support the education of 200 Nanhi Kalis. Held on 13th March in Mumbai, Project Nanhi Kali was the NGO partner for the event.

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Pat Farmer, an Australian Ultra Marathon runner and former MP, crossed the finish line on 29th March, 2016 in Srinagar, at the foothills of the Himalayas. He ran 4,416.7 km, with an average covering 80 kilometres a day, for 64 days. He sees the 'Spirit of India' run not just as a diplomatic mission between Australia and India, but as an important fundraising effort to support girls’ education in the country through Project Nanhi Kali.

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Teradata India Pvt Ltd has started supporting the education of 700 Nanhi Kalis in primary classes. 25 employees from the Teradata, Mumbai team, celebrated International Woman’s Day with the Nanhi Kalis. The event included cultural performances by the Nanhi Kalis and the Nanhi Kali team, a motivational speech by the Teradata employees and other activities.

Titan Company Ltd is supporting two Project Nanhi Kali Centres in Hyderabad, Telangana and one in Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu. This will help at least 150 girls to attend classes in English speaking, digital and financial literacy.

AT&T Communication Services has started supporting the education of 1,000 Nanhi Kalis in primary and secondary classes.

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. and its other group companies apart from their ongoing support, have increased their contribution to ensure education for 5554 Nanhi Kalis in primary and secondary classes, from projects across India.

Johnson & Johnson Pvt Ltd has increased their support to 2822 Nanhi Kalis in the tribal area of Karhal, Sheopur in Madhya Pradesh.

Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) increased their support to 11,000 Nanhi Kalis in 2015-16 across Gavanpada in Maharashtra, Sheopur in Madhya Pradesh and Araku in Andhra Pradesh. Moreover, HPCL has also supported summer camps and exposure visits for Nanhi Kalis.

Fanuc India Pvt Ltd comes in as a new supporter in 2016, sponsoring the education of 500 Nanhi Kalis in Chakan, Maharashtra.
With committed individual and corporate donors like yourself, you have helped Project Nanhi Kali to transform India, one girl, one family and one community at a time.
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