Gender inequality means that girls in India are often denied the right to an education, forced into marriage in their early teens, and are even at risk of infanticide. Violence and abuse are commonplace amongst girls, particularly in rural areas, and girls grow up feeling rejected and worthless. Girls are at risk of trafficking, exploitation, and bonded labour.
Widows in India are often seen as cursed because their husbands have died. This means they are rejected by both family and society, and they struggle to care for themselves and their children. With little or no means of support, many women are forced into begging or prostitution just to survive.
WOW currently supports four children's homes, where girls can live in safety, and receive an education. These homes provide a caring environment, where life skills are taught, and the children are overseen by qualified social workers.
WOW also supports young women on our Esther Project: a small family-run home, where girls can attend university, learn further life skills, and prepare for employment. Many girls have now graduated from university and are able to support themselves and their families. WOW is passionate about breaking the cycle of poverty, and showing these girls that they have value and worth.