International Women’s Day – a day dedicated to the celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women around the world.
Jagriti Foundation was founded with a vision to support communities through self-sustainable development and a commitment to education. With experience working with children, women and men to realise their full potential, the foundation has first-hand experience with the specific challenges faced by women in these communities.
The knowledge gained in these experiences has guided the foundation’s approach to supporting the community of Ballia in Uttar Pradesh, India. Jagriti Foundation Founder Selena Fox has worked alongside the women of Ballia for a number of years, listening to their ideas, reflections and needs as they developed self-sustaining initiatives that would support these women and their community.
Fox met with women in the community in a Jagriti Academy Ballia classroom following the official opening of the first community toilet facility, inviting them to discuss what they needed, personally and for their families, to enable them to care and lead in stronger, and more impactful ways.
“Through the women of Ballia, I have come to learn that even vast differences of language, cultures and life experiences of New Zealand, to the most rural village areas of India, offer no barrier when women come together with love and open hearts willing to journey together. Differences dissolve and our shared hearts, eyes and moments together gifted a connectedness for limitless possibilities in the days ahead,” Jagriti Foundation Founder Selena Fox said.
“It was humbling to have the women of Ballia come to share time, their lives, their ideas and wants for themselves, their families and their children, as they offer relationship and trust in a shared journey in the years ahead.” Jagriti Foundation continues to develop initiatives in collaboration with the Ballia community, and looks forward to sharing more in the time ahead as it seeks to celebrate and empower women every day, so each woman can achieve her full potential.