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TAGF Announces $100,000 Grant to Empower Girls and Women in India
July 24, 2018

July 12, 2018

The Asia Group Foundation Announces $100,000 Grant to Fund Girls Education in India

Washington, D.C. –- The Asia Group Foundation (TAGF) will announce a new grant of $100,000 to support the expansion of educational programs for girls in India led by CARE, the global humanitarian and development organization. TAGF is the charitable arm of leading Asia-focused business consultancy The Asia Group. This announcement will take place at a reception honoring CARE board of directors member Ranvir Trehan, the founder of technology giant SETA, who provided the seed funding for this transformational work.

The reception will be held Thursday, July 12 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at The Asia Group headquarters at 2101 L Street NW, Washington, D.C.

The Asia Group Foundation is expanding its partnership with CARE from investments in the empowerment of women and girls in Vietnam and Nepal to include this landmark effort in India. The investment will fuel development and influence future generations, reaching nearly 30,000 out-of-school girls, teachers, parents, and community members in some of the most vulnerable communities in India.

The CARE Global Leaders Network is a strategic initiative to raise awareness about the critical role of humanitarian and development aid in global stability and national security. Michèle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense and co-founder of the Center for a New American Security, will present the award to Trehan with Heather Higginbottom, COO of CARE.

Trehan has invested $3 million in CARE’s life-saving work, focusing his philanthropy on innovative programs with the potential to create lasting change for women and girls. He has a special tie to CARE’s 70-year legacy of helping those in need: his father, a doctor, helped CARE distribute milk powder to poor families in the Himalayas of India when Trehan was a young boy.

The Asia Group Foundation’s support will expand a life-changing program for girls who were unable to start or complete primary school. Through the program, CARE provides an intensive, high-quality primary school education in just 11 months, after which the girls matriculate to public secondary schools with a 95% success rate. Moreover, the program builds confidence and teaches skills the girls need to overcome the social and economic factors that keep them from school, prepares parents to embrace educational opportunities for their daughters, and engages men and boys to be part of the support system.  The approach has been so effective that CARE is working in partnership with the government of India to expand the program to other states across India where the needs are greatest, and this commitment by The Asia Group Foundation will make that possible.

For more information, contact:

Beth Solomon, Managing Director for External Affairs and Development, CARE
beth.solomon@care.org; (202) 276 – 8001

TAGF Board Chair Rexon Ryu announces TAGF's $100,000 commitment to the SOAR Schools program in India. CARE COO Heather Higginbottom and CARE Board Member Michele Flournoy also gave remarks at the reception. July 2018.