Widows and deserted women in our movement are mostly illiterates. Some of them have schooling up to V standard or VII standard, but they have not kept in touch with the knowledge and skill of language they have learnt. Rarely do we come across a few who have finished X or XII standard, but have either lost thier school record, or have not used it for employment. On the whole, the previous generation has paid little attention to the value of education. Now knowing the true value of education, they are firm about giving an education for their children and getting them employed. Here are the ill effects of their lack of literacty:
Friends of Kalangarai is a non-profit organization in the U.S. that supports the community-based programs of Kalangarai. These programs include micro-credit self-help groups, skills training, children’s educational programs, and a community college. More than 1000 widowed and abandoned women and their families participate in these programs.