My husband and I have worked in the fashion industry for more than 20 years now. Our second job and passion – founding and running our non-profit called Girl2B, started out of the love in our hearts for a group of young girls living in Kolkata. A group that somehow became our daughters overnight.
In November 2011, we travelled to Kolkata because 4 girls came to us asking for help as the foundation/home they were living in started to flounder, and they needed to move on.
While all of this was going on, we started to work on a plan to open a girls’ home. We realized there was a bigger mission to help girls, and there was so much that needed to be done. We had our target area set, a location, house mother, type of schooling identified, etc…. A home that would take girls in from the slums of Kolkata and offer them a chance to learn, to live and to grow. We would guide them along the way and keep them involved in their communities. Eventually we would have little leaders on our hands who would cause a ripple effect out of the cycle of poverty. WHAT A PLAN!
However, word travels fast! 17 more girls eagerly came forward asking for a chance in life, just like the original 4! Our four girl family quickly turned to 22! One by one we took them in, evaluated them and put them on track. They are in our Girl2B program in partnership with the Hope foundation.
Who helps us in Kolkata?
Our consultant who acts as a guiding light.
The director of the Hope foundation projects who knows how much we care for the girls, and girls’ rights in general. Who keeps us updated, and reminds us to “never give up on the girls”.
There are 2 social workers who are responsible for caring for the girls and all that they need emotionally and physically. They put in tireless hours of coordination, comfort, and love.
The accountant who handles all of the finances.
AND US: a husband and wife team who won’t stop until our mission is complete.
We didn’t have a plan, but our NON plan, became OUR plan overnight.
What have we learned in the last 6 months? There seems to be a lack confidence you can’t seem to shake when you are born into poverty. It is like you are born with a tattoo on your forehead that reads “I’m poor & I’m a girl”….. and this just leads to nothing good!
We anticipate more girls coming forward in the next 6 months. We feel our empowerment program is so unique. It’s an individualized holistic approach to girls’ empowerment and it will definitely pay off in a CHANGE!
In case you were wondering, it only costs $4 per day to help one girl in our program.
How many days can you help us support a girl? Visit us at WWW.Girl2B.org
Please watch this video from the Nike foundation as a reminder when you say… But why girls?