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When girls know their worth, they're limitless. 5 out of 10 girls in Jharkhand drop out of school and become child brides. But not these girls.

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Happy Independence Day!


Ready for lift-off! Watch for a new Yuwa video coming soon by Taira Malaney, featuring some incredible drone footage of rice paddy planting season.


Today is a HUGE day for Renu: an 11th grade Yuwa School student, goalkeeper, and coach. After a rigorous and competitive application process, Renu has been selected for a one year exchange program sponsored by the US State Department! Renu arrives at her host family's home in New Jersey TODAY, and will start at her new high school in a couple weeks. Huge congratulations, Renu, and best of luck on your exciting adventure!


Monday morning motivation from Yuwa School students, who are currently in the midst of the "Campus Makeover Challenge" -- a house competition to transform their school into a more positive and colourful learning environment.


Seema made it to St. Louis! Before starting her program at Washington University, Seema is staying at the home of Yuwa School principal Rose Gastler's parents. Seema's review of pizza: "I don't like cheese when it sits on a sandwich all flat but I like the cheese melted on the pizza!"


India, we need your help! This your last chance to vote for Yuwa's partner organization Goals for Girls to receive $25k! Take 30 seconds to click on the link in our bio and vote for Jackie Skinner. Goals for Girls creates platforms for inter-cultural exchange and facilitates meaningful leadership development for young women around the world. You can maximize your vote by voting on multiple servers and devices. Thank you, everyone!


Happy birthday from India, Harry Potter! Yuwa School dressed up in Hogwarts style today to celebrate. For many Yuwa girls, the Harry Potter books have been a gateway to the world to reading. #harrypotter #jkrowling #pottermore


And she's off! Seema, a 10th standard Yuwa School student and coach, has been accepted to Washington University of St. Louis's Young Leaders Institute for high school students! Seema sets off on her solo adventure this afternoon, prepared to take on the world. Wish her luck, and stay tuned for updates. #washingtonuniversity #girlpower #girlrising


Science meets art at Yuwa School.


She did it! 11th standard Yuwa School student Radha completed 2 intensive weeks at the Yale Young Global Scholars program. She participated in discussion-based seminars on topics ranging from the Paris Agreement to Wall Street, made friends from China and Afghanistan, completed a capstone project on gender inequality in China, and courageously performed a solo dance at the end-of-the-session talent show.


Want to support a friend of Yuwa with a click of a button? Jackie Skinner is a finalist for Real Salt Lake for Major League Soccer’s Community MVP Contest, and if she receives the most online votes, she's set to win $25,000 for her organization, Goals for Girls (which could really use the funding this year). It takes about 30 seconds to vote, so do it now! The Yuwa team met Jackie in 2014, and girls from Yuwa have participated in Goals for Girls programs every year since then. Jackie pours herself into creating meaningful exchange programs for young women, and we have so much respect and admiration for the work that she does. Jackie made Yuwa's most recent trip to Salt Lake City possible (and unforgettable), and has helped a countless number of girls to recognize their own leadership potential.


Earlier this week, Yuwa School's youngest class saw an older class plan a surprise birthday party for their teacher. Eager to celebrate their own teacher, Seema, in the same way, they asked when her birthday is. They were disappointed to learn that Seema's birthday had been in mid-May, during the summer vacation. Not to be deterred, the class quickly decided to make a belated surprise birthday party this week. They pooled their savings to buy a cake, found a crown, decorated the classroom, and joyfully celebrated their teacher--despite her feeling a bit embarrassed by all the attention.