Nonprofit organization would like to build a school and safe haven for impoverished girls.
Studio City, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/03/2014 -- Kathy was on vacation in India when she stumbled upon a shocking revelation. She found that Indian culture devalues women to the extent that many girl babies are aborted, killed at birth or abandoned. A common practice is to leave a newborn baby girl on the doorstep of a church, orphanage or police station. It’s part of the culture.
Some Indian women are given sex determination tests while they are pregnant and pressured to have abortions if the baby is going to be a girl.
The United Nations estimates that 200 million girls are “missing” in the world. Each year, India and China “eliminate” more girls than the number of girls born in America. To the rest of the civilized world, this is known as “gendercide.”
Erceg couldn’t ignore this tragic situation so she is taking steps to create a school and safe haven for girls. “We were all inspired by Malala Yousefzai, the 17-year-old Pakistani girl who won the Nobel Peace Prize,” she said. “Malala was a champion for the rights of girls to have equal education and opportunities. There is a significant momentum picking up and we're excited to be a part of such a global effort.”
While on her vacation, Erceg met Indian native Ramit Sohal, who shared her vision about ending the cruelty to young girls. Together they formed Kara Spiritual, an organization that provides inspiration and education for girls in India.
To view a trailer of a film documenting Indian gendercide, visit www.itsagirlmovie.com (this film was produced by Shadowline Films, which is not affiliated with Kara Spiritual).
Kara Spiritual’s new project is the Kara School, an educational facility for underrepresented and impoverished girls who want to learn. “When people see what girls and women can accomplish, they will realize that this practice of gendercide is horribly wrong,” said Erceg, who splits her time between California, Australia and New Delhi, working hard to increase recognition of the problem and raise money for Indian girls.
“The first step is to provide an equal opportunity for education.”
An estimated $50,000 is needed for construction of the school, equipment and supplies. In order to generate this capital, Kara Spiritual has launched an Indiegogo campaign, which can be viewed at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/finishing-a-dream-the-kara-school
Donations of any amount are welcome. For $100, backers will receive a glossy digital photo. A $2,000 contribution is rewarded with one year’s tuition for an Indian girl and a tour of the school (transportation to India is not included).
“The conditions are right for us to make a change,” said Erceg. “Our team is excellent at outreach, listening and really caring about our work. Wee hoping that people around the world will support this project.”
For additional information, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/finishing-a-dream-the-kara-school ; the Kara School Facebook page, www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1400664420209966 ; or the Kara Spiritual website, www.karaspiritual.com
About Kara’s Team
Kara’s Team is a new boutique Holistic tour operator specializing in private independent travel for people who want to experience India in a safe and truly “hands on”, “live in” like the locals way.
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