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Haridwar is a holy city in the state of Uttarakhand on the bank of river Ganges. Average literacy rate of Haridwar district is 73.43 percent. Male literacy rate in Haridwar district is 81.04 percent. Female literacy rate in Haridwar district is 64.79 percent. The glaring disparity in the literacy rates of the city’s females compared to males gave impetus to the USF Haridwar Chapter. This chapter was established with the huge support of BHEL by giving 100 fellowships in 2012.

Agriculture being the main source of livelihood for about 55 per cent of the workers in the district, these girls, and often daughters of tempo drivers or flower vendors has been unable to pursue their education, owing to their humble backgrounds. With the assistance of BHEL and other donors, young girls have been able to achieve the lives they aspire to. Since then, we have been able to reach out to 370 girls under USF programme.

Today, we have 184 Shalinis who are studying in Class XI to graduation and 185 completed their graduation with support of USF. All alumnae are working to improve their career ahead. Some alumnae are studying in master degree, some alumnae are preparing government exam and some of them have achieved their goals (Like some of them are working in reputed companies, Institutes and Government Schools and some of them are following their passion of teaching, Nursing and Banking). In 2021-22, we will plan to induct 35 more Shalini’s with support by Udayan Care, USA.

Currently, LT Food, General, Volga Transmission and iPartner are supporting 184 Shalinis at the Haridwar Chapter.