Where We Started
Through one pair of shoes, one can experience over 1,000 miles of opportunities. The Bata team strives to make an impact on communities both near and far. To us, it is more than just shoes! We are fueled by empowering others and making an impact on each individual we come across whether is a recipient, partner, or a volunteer!
Building Our Girls Futures
From there, we developed Future School, a modern program focused on getting girls into primary school and helping them stay there through tuition assistance, educational support, and community intervention. This reality was all too familiar for our FRContent team member Pooja Pandey, who herself was fortunate enough to go to school and decide her future but knew many others that weren’t as lucky. In rural India, tradition dominates which means modern opportunties for girls are few and far between. In order to spark change, we had to start where it mattered most, the community.
Community intervention is more than stepping in and labeling a situation as black and white. It is about partnering to better understand the needs and expectations of the community as well as serve as a representative for those who have not been given a choice. Only then can true progress be acheived.
Implementing a program of this nature for the community requires patience, understanding, and resilience. It also requires significant support from both inside and outside India as local and national endorsement is equally important as international support and donations. The biggest challenge in this project is the launch of the program and getting girls signed up, enrolled, and started at local schools with their families support and encouragement.
We are focused on the coneption and initiation phase of the project which means forming partnerships with local schools in India that are committed to the mission and dedicated to delivering quality education. We are simultaneously building relationships with community members to understand their tradtions, needs, and expectations for their girls and society as a whole. As we continue to work with local villages,we will begin raising the funds necessary to support girls’ education and support such as tutoring outside of the classroom. In this stage, every single donation will help guarantee a girl’s spot in the classroom and give her an opportunity beyond marrying young and having children.