Harriet Reynolds Participates in International Service Trip to India
Harriet Reynolds recently spent 10 days in Hyderabad, India as a participant in an international service trip sponsored by Dartmouth College. She and 17 other women worked closely with the non-governmental organization, Voice4Girls (http://voice4girls.org/), which focuses on providing adolescent girls from impoverished backgrounds with critical educational, communication and life skills to help them escape the cycle of poverty into which they were born. The statistics are sobering: literacy rates for Indian women are low, malnutrition is high, and many young girls are forced to marry at a very early age. Voice4Girls seeks to combat these realities by helping adolescent girls develop the skills and resilience needed to overcome their circumstances. Harriet and the other participants visited government residential schools and low-cost private schools. They also spent time with former child-laborers who are enrolled in a bridge program to help mainstream them into the school system. After working with the students, the group brainstormed with government and NGO officials to develop innovative strategies to improve the program and broaden its reach and acceptance within the communities it serves.