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VIRD, India

Boarding school for orphaned girls

The Voluntary Institute of Rural Development in Odisha provides a home for orphaned girls aged 10-16 from one of India's poorest regions with high food insecurity and violence against women.

How the initiative makes a difference

The Voluntary Institute of Rural Development in Odisha provides a home for orphaned girl children from one of India's poorest regions with high food insecurity and violence against women. The new boarding facility houses 40 girls aged 10-16 and provides them with full board and supervision. The girls receive regular tutoring in school subjects and vocational training in areas such as computing and tailoring. The program also includes past-time and community activities. 

How we engage

McKinsey for Children enabled the build-up of the boarding facility (rental, furniture, equipment) and is fully funding the girls' boarding, subsistence and tuition.

Why it matters

This initiative is set in an extremely poor part of the Odisha region in West India where 60% consists of tribal population. These predominantly agricultural regions not only face problems with basic food supply, a high violence against women is observed. Therefore many girls in the program are orphaned and would have highly limited access to education and vocational development otherwise.