CorStone develops and provides personal resilience programs to improve well-being for youth worldwide, focusing on adolescent girls as critical change-agents in their communities.

We believe that cultivating personal resilience is a foundational step in helping youth to thrive—one which is often missing in development programs worldwide. Our evidence-based programs impact three interdependent factors in wellbeing: emotional health, physical health, and education.

Why Personal Resilience?

Research has shown that personal resilience—the capacity to ‘bounce back’ and thrive in the face of adversity—is not an innate talent or quality. Rather, it’s the result of a set of skills and supports that can be learned, cultivated, and harnessed to transcend poverty, oppression, or depression.

Amplifying self-agency, unleashing potential, and uncovering inner strengths, we focus our efforts on marginalized, economically disadvantaged, and under-served youth, giving them the tools to thrive.

Organisation Representative

Endorsers that CorStone partner with


Fondation CHANEL

Aavishkaar Capital is the equity arm of The Aavishkaar Group which manages in excess of US$1 billion in AUM across equity and credit. The Group’s shareholders include TIAA-Nuveen, Shell Foundation, Triodos Bank and Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank.

Fondation CHANEL

Fondation CHANEL was created in 2011 to support projects that aim to improve the economic and social conditions of women and adolescent girls around the world. Its mission is to advance women’s and girls’ independence and empowerment through an integrated approach by increasing their access to economic resources and entrepreneurship opportunities, culture, education and training, leadership and decision-making as well as health and social protection. The Foundation currently supports more than 65 projects in 35 countries worldwide.

To sustain its commitment to women, Fondation CHANEL also supports knowledge generation for the philanthropic sector through operational research, program evaluation and case studies.

On-going/Past projects

CorStone: Girls First

By CorStone

Girls First empowers marginalized adolescent girls in rural Bihar, India to improve their personal resilience, wellbeing and health, and to self-advocate for their health, education and gender rights.

Education, Gender, Health