Field News

I Have to be a Good Role Model for my Son

In a society, where women are conditioned from childhood on to tolerate all forms of abuse in the name of family honour, Lajjawati’s story comes across as a refreshing change. Now in her 20s, Lajjawati is a teacher in a school in Gadeya Purwa village—one of the villages in Barabanki where...Read more

As Days Pass By, Progress Take it's Course

The journey has been long but shorter than initially expected. Some of her friends are mothers but she has persisted and now she is ready to face the final year of Secondary school. Mwai Banda, one of the excited girls I first met in 2010 tells me how her path...Read more

An Hour of Cherished Freedom

One hour of absolute freedom! That is what Join My Village’s Girls’ Leadership Program means to the girls of Ekta adolescent group in Batehra village of Shravasti district. In many villages, the moment a girl enters her adolescence, she is shackled by a list of so-called socially-unacceptable behaviours. They can no...Read more

Against all Odds, Alice Anderson is a Step Away from her Dream

Driven by a passion to serve her community, 20 year old Alice Anderson is just a step away from becoming a true role model to the girls and the women in her community. “When I graduated from Santhe secondary school, I started volunteering as a teacher at one of my...Read more

Girls Come Together to Chart New Ground

The girls of Daniyalpur village in Barabanki are breaking new grounds. Daniyalpur is one of the villages where Join My Village recently expanded its Maternal and Neonatal health program to incorporate adolescent health issues. As in the Girls’ Leadership Program, here too, Join My Village works through adolescent girls’ groups formed...Read more