Nearly two thirds of India’s population lives in poverty. Education is free for children through the age 14, (8th grade), but public schools are academically low performance schools and literacy remains low. English language is only taught in private high schools and while unemployment hovers around 25%, the better paying jobs are for those who speak English.
AMBW initially began supporting primary school level students, but has increasingly moved towards funding education of college level students. Among the graduates of AMBW there have been nurses, teachers, computer engineers, and commerce majors – all now working as professionals at well-paying jobs.
Our Representative in India
Fiona Jamal Almeida
Fiona is the Founder and Executive Director of ‘Small Acts for Sustainability’, a non-profit formed to empower girls and women from marginalized communities through education, menstruation hygiene and mental health. She is also a Director at the ‘Resilient Sisterhood Project’, a Boston based non-profit focused on the female reproductive health, and a faculty member at Urban College.
Fiona is passionate about Global Healthcare, Gender Equality and the intersection of Culture and Identity. Enjoying a richly textured background, she has held various positions at Wellesley College and Harvard Smithsonian, run a South African networking group in Massachusetts, and done research on the Indian Ocean Diaspora and the reverse migration between India and Africa.
Fiona holds a Master of Public Policy from Tufts University. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College with a double major in Anthropology and Africana Studies.
Originally from Durban, South Africa, Fiona now resides in Marlborough, MA with her husband.
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