education has been an important topic of discussion in the country and in the
global platform as well. Educating girls is important for the progress of the
country in particular and the world at large. Yet, we have a long way to go to
ensure girls have adequate access to education, healthcare, and basic human
rights, especially in the rural communities. The unequal boy-girl ratio in
education and arises out of several discriminatory factors directed towards
girls. As we are celebrating our 75th Independence
Day, let’s take a look at how CFTI is transforming rural communities and
the lives of women.
Established in 2009, CFTI (Centre For Transforming India) is a
registered NGO under the Indian Trusts Acts, 1882. It works towards empowering
rural India through education, health care, and economic activities. And the number
of development programmes it has for rural women folk, it can be counted among
the most impactful NGO for women empowerment. CFTI’s
involvement with the rural communities in Maharashtra brought to fore the need
to enable girls and women in a practical and constructive way. But before that
let’s look at some of the main issues faced by the girls and women in rural
Hurdles in girls’
Poverty: Often girls are not sent to
school to complete their education or are withdrawn from education due to lack
of financial resources.
Distance from home: Government schools are
generally built in town areas, making it difficult for students to commute from
villages on a daily basis. Taking the bus, train, or hitchhiking as a mode of
daily transportation is uneconomical, inconvenient, and unsafe for children.
Gender discrimination: For decades, girls and boys
have faced gender discrimination in the country. India, as a patriarchal
society, prioritises the needs of boys over the needs of girls in all
situations, including education. The majority of rural communities prefer to
educate boys over girls with the idea that boys will grow up to be the earning
members of the family whereas girls will be married off to another family.
Lack of toilets: Girls are more likely to
contract various diseases if they do not maintain hygiene and cleanliness.
Parents are afraid to send their children to school because there are no
the above points in mind, CFTI provides aid to rural women folks as an NGO for women empowerment.
CFTI to the rescue:
level of contribution the Centre For Transforming India (CFTI) has accomplished
for the women of the rural community, there is no denial that it can be counted
among NGO for women empowerment.
Let's take a look at the plethora of ways in which this NGO for women empowerment has contributed towards the development
of rural girls and women:
Skills Development Workshops: These workshops are designed to
provide women from rural communities with the skills they need to become
self-sufficient and financially independent. For example, every woman who
undergoes tailoring training is given one sewing machine each to start their
business. And upon revisiting these women, it was found that they have indeed
made use of the skills and the sewing machines and have moved on to becoming
tailors from being maids or dependent housewives. The NGO has held a variety of
skill development and training workshops for women such as tailoring, beauty
treatments, jewellery making, cooking, and candle-making and more. The NGO also
spreads awareness on health and hygiene of women and has distributed sanitary
pads to 400 women and girls during an awareness session on World Menstrual Day.
So far, the NGO has empowered 4,500 women through their various skill
Bicycle Donation: With the help of bicycle donation from generous donors, so far, this NGO has supported
education by distributing 14,623 to rural underprivileged girls from several
villages across Maharashtra. When you make a bicycle donation, you help a girl student in the following various
- Make commute for girls easy and
- Save their time and money
- Reduce drop-out rate
- Facilitate return of girls to school and college
- Support completion of education
- Facilitate their engagement in developmental
- Promote gender equality
This Independence Day, partner with CFTI
and choose to make a bicycle donation
for these girls in rural communities.
Celebrate Freedom with CFTI:
This 75th Independence Day, celebrate freedom by
partnering with an NGO working for women
empowerment such as CFTI who is actively contributing towards the
upliftment of rural girls and women. This year, stand with CFTI to fight all
inequalities against girl child education. Offer wings of freedom to every girl
child of this nation.
Centre For Transforming India (CFTI) was
established in 2009. It is a registered NGO under the Indian Trusts Act of 1882
and founded by passionate young individuals to bring in change by elevating the
rural communities. With a team of over 700 volunteers, CFTI works for
education, women empowerment, disaster relief, healthcare, etc. for the
underprivileged. All contributions of ₹500 and above towards CFTI are
applicable for exemption from income tax as per section 80G of the Income Tax