With girls representing two-third of the world’s uneducated children and women representing two-thirds of the world’s illiterate adults, it has been acknowledged that successful education for girls and women is a necessary mechanism for breaking the cycle of poverty, myths, and social norms, for ensuring the well-being and health of children, and for the long-term success of developing countries.
Whilst education in India is free, the materials to support that education are not. These materials includes uniforms, clothes, notebooks, and personal hygiene products – expenditures that underprivileged families are often unwilling or unable to make for their daughters.
Through the charity “Books for Life” we support young girls at the Montfort Vocational Training Centre, Corlim, Goa, to learn skills that will enable them to stand on their own feet. We also support the education of several hundreds of young girls of varying ages, at schools run by the St.Joseph’s mission in the state of Karnataka.
Suez also finances twenty annual scholarships in E-Diplomacy for students from the Pacific Islands at The Diplo Foundation in Malta, which helps in strengthening institutions and capacity building amongst the countries most at risk from Global Climate Change.