Despite exponential growth and prosperity in India there is still a stark irony in the position of the underprivileged, specifically women.
In muffosil India, girls strive to finish even their primary education. Likewise women despite being adept in a vocational expertise, confined themselves to household chores. Intensive research by Team MSM indicated that school girls have a phenomenally high drop-out rate in secondary classes. United Nations’ research reveals dropout rates as high as 60% amongst girls in senior-secondary classes in India owing to financial constraints. Hidden costs of schooling, such as books, uniforms etc. are appropriated as a major cause. Even though schooling is free in Govt. Schools, the government withdraws subsidies for uniforms post 8th standard. Impoverished families are unable to afford the costs of school uniforms, leading to dropouts.
THE DUAL BENEFIT STRATEGY
We came up with a novel dual benefit idea of Free uniforms for the girls of std IX to XII and these to be got stitched from village women. The girls got the much needed support to continue secondary education. The women in turn got to work and earn by stitching these uniforms. Thus was born Major Soni Mission Foundation, a not-for-profit entity in the memory of their Grandfather.