Rise UP Daughters of India is a passion project undertaken by a group of South Asian employees at World Vision Canada, and which launched recently at an event in Mississauga
The integrated project aims to engage the Indian diaspora in Canada to help girls in India stay in school, through the provision of toilet facilities.
In Canada, girls can easily go to the washroom when they need to. Sadly, in India it’s a different story. About 63 million girls do not have access to toilet facilities, forcing them to ‘go’ outside. A significant number of girls decide to drop out rather than risk their safety and dignity, according to World Vision estimates.
World Vision Canada representative Rochelle Rondon is asking the South Asian community to do three things, “You can visit the project website at daughtersofindia.ca, consider donating, and share the campaign website address to friends, family members, and social media contacts.”
By asking people to donate a minimum $10 monthly donation for at least three months, the project hopes to help girls in India remain in school. For more info: www.daughtersofindia.ca
Elmer H Lighid, Rise Up Daughters of India Project Lead, World Vision Canada, said: “Nature’s call should not be answered outdoors. But, it is a normal occurrence in India where a reported 47% of schools do not have functioning separate toilets for girls. The Rise up Daughters of India offers the Indian diaspora an opportunity to give Indian girls the dignity and protection they deserve.”
World Vision India is an interdependent office of World Vision International, a child-focussed Christian relief and development agency operating in India, with its base in Chennai.- CINEWS