The international community assesses progress under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) since their implementation in 2000 and sets goals to be achieved by 2030, girls born at the turn of the millennium have reached adolescence, and the generation of girls born this year will be adolescents in 2030. As we reflect on the achievements of the past 15 years and plan sustainable development goals for the next 15, it is an opportune time to consider the importance of social, economic, and political investment in the power of adolescent girls as fundamental to breaking the intergenerational transmission of poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination and to achieving equitable and sustainable development outcomes.
The Adorers in Kolar (Karnataka) in a unique way take it to heart this project of the global community, keeping the girl child as the focus of our mission. Here in the community care center for HIV/ AIDS, we encounter those human beings broken and worn out of suffering; they come with the knowledge that generates fear of a deadly disease from which they will never be free again. Many men and women who come to us for care, have their young children who really do not know what is happening to their lives or what the future hold for them. We respond to these children who are semi orphans, orphans and children of poor economical positive couples. We have 16 girls in our Christy girl’s home from the age group of six to fourteen whom we are educating in a Christian school in the town of Kolar. We help them to realize the dreams, the deep desires of their hearts and to live their lives in fullness with dignity.
The international girl child day celebration was held in our Christy girl’s home, Kolar on October11, and the children enjoyed every moment as they were the protagonists of the day. They painted the colors of their future on a flag which was taken along with other flags from the rest of the country to UN Quarters.
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