Global Reach: Grantee Partners

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EMpower’s education portfolio in India includes a focus on secondary school completion and 21st century life skills for girls. Our India strategy 2016-2019 focuses on programs that provide girls more opportunities in the formal labour market. This grant will help in increasing the retention and grades of adolescent girls in schools and supporting young women in their successful transition from education to livelihood pathways in a community where no women work outside of home-based work or family enterprises. It will enhance their employability skills by preparing them to enter the job market. EMpower has a geographical focus in Rajasthan, where we have another grantee partner.


In 1996-97, Ibtada’s founder, Rajesh Singhi, conducted a benchmark survey of Mewat for the Government of Rajasthan that highlighted the scale of backwardness in this area. Based on his findings, he began Ibtada, which was formally registered in 1997. While understanding the backwardness in Mewat, it was clear that women and girls were the worst affected and most likely to bear the brunt of discrimination–whether social, political, economic—or of natural disasters (droughts etc). Promoting institutions for women is core to Ibtada’s mission to empower girls and women; to change power relations in the society, to foster decision-making power among women, to enhance their degree of control over resources and provide them space for visibility and collective action. Ibtada’s major programs include: 1) savings and credit-based women’s institutions (Self Help Groups, Clusters and Federations); 2) girls’ education programs (learning centres for girls till 5th standard, who are then mainstreamed into government schools, with life skills education and remedial coaching for girls in classes 8-10); 3) strengthening Right to Education in government schools by improving teaching and learning processes, and capacity building of school management committees; 4) livelihoods (productivity enhancement and capacity building of women farmers on agriculture, dairy animals and goats); and 5) literacy classes for adult women.

Current Grant:

EMpower’s 6th grant to Ibtada will continue their life skills training and enable 2210 girls to improve their employability skills via computer training, coaching, career counselling and linkages to government skill development training.

You can support our work with Ibtada and our other grantee partners.

Our Underwriters pay for all of our administrative and fundraising costs, so 100% of your donation goes directly to empowering at-risk youth.