Education in India & Academic Opportunity for Our Daughters
As Our Own is regularly asked, “What does education in India look like?” We’re glad you asked!
India is known for rigorous academics and a highly competitive environment for college acceptance. There is a significant stratification in the quality of schools children can attend. Just as in the U.S., private education is highly coveted for its quality and the opportunities it presents. When evaluating school options for our daughters, just as with every aspect of the care we provide we asked ourselves, “What if we didn’t educate them as orphans, but educated them as our own daughters?”
With that inspiration in mind, we have made the choice to send our daughters to the best schools we can from early education up through college. This is to provide them with opportunity for the future & to enable them to reach their full potential.
We enroll them in private school at an early age, ensuring that from a young age they are achieving appropriate child development milestones & learning new things. Our littlest daughters are learning English and important basic skills as young as age three! Girls in primary school are focusing on skills that will be necessary in choosing a future career. During secondary school (high school) they prepare for exams that are critical for their acceptance into competitive college programs. These exams – locally called the ‘10th standard board examination’ and ‘12th standard board examination’ are rigorous tests that are standardized across the country, much like the SAT or ACT. We encourage our daughters to study hard, and we have on-staff tutors who help them practice to ensure they succeed and achieve all they are capable of. Thanksfully we’ve had a 100% high school graduation rate as well as 100% college acceptance rate the past few years!
Some encouraging facts from this year:
• 100% of K-12 students passed their classes
• 5 children were ranked in the top 10 in their class
• 22 daughters in Junior College & College!
• 4 College Graduates!
Our daughters have busy schedules, just like many American children—school during the day and allotted times in the afternoon and evening for study. However, we also make sure that we allow time for fun. Many of the girls spend time in the evenings playing music, practicing mehndi (a temporary paint pattern drawn on the skin), dancing, and playing games with their sisters.
We continue to support our daughters along their chosen career path through college and graduate school, and we rejoice that so many of our daughters have found successful careers. Some have even come back to work at As Our Own, investing their time and experience back into the new daughters who have joined us.
Your donations allow our daughters to attend excellent schools and receive the education they need to be successful in their careers and to reach their full potential. What’s more, with each daughter that achieves academic success, she impacts her world by showing others that anything is possible. As we invest in their future through academics, we know that amazing things can be done through their lives! If you’re interested in further supporting our daughter’s academic opportunities, consider providing a monthly academic sponsorship for $107/month. It covers all school & college fees, empowering our daughters to impact India and the world!
12 / 12 / 2016
We recently welcomed six new daughters into our home! This is only the beginning of our planned expansion over the next few years, which will be made possible with our new campus. We have already been notified of more than 200 vulnerable children in need of homes and care, and who are ready to join the As Our Own family.
The greatest barrier to meeting that need is lack of financial resources. Thank you for your support in helping us care for more children.
In the meantime, we rejoice with each new girl that we can welcome, care for, and love. These four beauties are already enrolled in school classes and have been welcomed with open arms by their sisters! Please pray for them to adjust to their new home, surroundings, and schedule with ease, and for us as we seek to provide them with the best of care.
12 / 12 / 2016
A generous donor has agreed to match gifts given in December so your gift goes 2X as far if given by December 31!* And of course, they’re tax-deductible. Choose to give either:
- Online at: www.asourown.org/donate
- By mail to: As Our Own, 1717 St. James Place, Suite 220, Houston, Texas 77056
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