Growing up in India, Safeena Husain, the founder of Educate Girls, was always encouraged by her father to follow her own path. This led her to study in London before taking a job with a startup in Silicon Valley and then quitting that to pursue her “calling” in life and work in community-based global development.
In 2004, after 10 years working with underserved communities in South America, Africa, and Asia, Husain returned to India. While she was aware of the opportunities, achievements, and skills afforded to her by her education, a trip to a rural village to set up a clinic with her father reminded her that this is not the case for all girls. During that trip, Husain saw how the women in the village pitied her father for having only a daughter.