Education is the path to equality for women in India. At Malavara, we believe in female empowerment through education and are committed to play our part in leveling a highly uneven playing field.
"My paternal grandmother refused to see me for a week after I was born. She had been hoping - no, praying - that I would be born a boy. Shinde Kaka, our sweet and gentle chauffeur in Bombay, had five girls, each one in the hope of producing a male heir, and requested the doctors check if there was a physical disability that rendered his wife unable to produce a boy. So rampant is female fetus infanticide that the Indian Government has made it illegal for doctors to disclose the sex of the baby before delivery."
- Co-founder Tejal Ramnathkar Engman
Girls are discriminated against in India. When families lack resources, only the male offsprings are sent to school while the girls are kept at home to help with cooking and other domestic chores. There is a serious lack of opportunity and freedom for women in India, where society remains highly misogynistic, even in 2020.
DIYA India is a charitable organization that provides high-quality education for underprivileged girls through Kanyashala, its well-equipped school and college that are staffed with dedicated teachers.
Founded in 1924 as a tin shed school with 5 students, they now have a school and college campus in Mumbai where hundreds of girls graduate with the education and skills to find jobs and become financially independent.
"When I visited the school in 2008, I was struck by how happy the girls were to be there. And how eager they were to learn. They would return to a long list of chores in the evening but being at school was a treat. It was a place that cared about their learning and welfare - in that, it clearly felt like a novel environment." - Tejal