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Empowering Girls – Self-Defence for Girls

‘It’s My Future’

Calcutta’s ‘Empowering Girls’ Train Hard to Fight Back Against Sexual Assault and Fear

You’ve read the headlines about abuse, rape, and crimes against women and girls in India.

Empowering Girls is how Ayesha Noor decided to fight back. It’s a 3-6 month self-defence training class for girls. Ayesha – a 3-time gold medallist in karate – teaches 80 young women at a time from poor areas how to defend themselves using ancient techniques and disciplines.

The second part of Empowering Girls focuses on the mind and the workplace. The girls gain job skills ranging from stitching to computers. They also get help with their school work.

Her program is a huge success and empowers every participant by training their minds and bodies to protect and believe in themselves.

These girls, from ages 8-20, could never afford self-defence training from a pro like Ayesha. But with your help, they all can. An entire year’s worth of training – for the entire class – costs just £2000!

Ayesha Noor teaches self defence for girls in India

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Humaira Shamim – “I can walk freely now”

Humaira learned self defence and karate from Empowering Girls of India

When Humaira first showed up for Ayesha’s karate classes, she was nervous. Living in a tiny hut with few resources, she was used to being scared just walking around her neighbourhood, and she felt weak.

But since enrolling in Ayesha’s class, she hasn’t missed a single day. She’s not just learning self-defence techniques. She’s also growing in confidence. Humaira says, “My confidence level has gone up and I’m not scared of anything, anymore.”

Do you want to help more girls like Humaira see the world as a place of potential, and not a place of intimidation?

Then become an ally of young women in Calcutta. Your strength makes them stronger.

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Urgent Need: Indoor Karate Multi-purpose Training Facility


The only thing that can stop Ayesha from giving her students confidence and self-defence mastery is the weather.

Though the Empowering Girls want to train twice a week, the blazing sun and the drenching monsoons sometimes force them to cancel because classes are held outside in a park.

An indoor training facility would enable them to train without hindrance. It would also make possible additional classes about self-confidence and other mind-success trainings they’ve been wanting to do for a long time.

Will you help secure an indoor karate training facility?

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Find Out More about Ayesha Noor and Her Incredible Empowering Girls Class

Girls from extreme poverty learn karate, self-discipline, and personal self-defence skills

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Overcoming epilepsy, the death of her father, and great poverty, Ayesha’s story has captivated the world

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Meet Ayesha’s Empowering Girls – Karate Students Who’ve Come From Poverty to Follow in the Gold-Medallist’s Footsteps

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Ayesha’s karate program costs about £2000 per year to teach self-defence skills to between 80-200 girls at a time. This is less than the cost of a single apartment for one month in the UK.

In a country that still doesn’t value girls as much as boys, and values poor girls from low castes even less – your support gives these girls a chance to break barriers of every kind, and gain the confidence it will take to escape poverty too.

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