Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New Updated Website and Other Things

We have just had our website re-designed and it looks great, colourful and eye catching and represents NEF's mandate well.  Take a look http://www.nepaledfund.ca/   Catfish Web Creations was very kind to us price wise and we thank them for this.  The Facebook link is not working yet.  I am working on that so that we can have NEF on Facebook. 

I leave for Nepal on February 22nd so please get small gifts, if you wish to send one, to me by February 16th and letters to me by Feb. 18th and I will be happy to take them for you.

New children and women will be matched in March when I am there.

Many thanks to all who responded to our plea for more women's sponsors.  It was very successful.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Fees Due January 15th

Just a couple of days left to the payment deadline.  Please if you have not sent your payment in we would appreciate receiving it very soon.  Thank you to everyone who has sent theirs in.  Payments have come in earlier this year than ever before but we still have quite a lot outstanding.  If you do not wish to continue sponsoring your child please let us know so we can rematch him or her with a new sponsor. 

The Literacy Program is being renamed for my friend's sister who died tragically in Nepal last week.  She had wanted to be a teacher in the literacy program but became very unhappy in a recently arranged marriage and took her own life.  Sangita had to move to her new husband's village many miles away from her family and live with his family who she did not know.  She was 23 years old and to quote from my friend "her leaves were still green and her mind so vivid, she always dressed well and liked to wear jeans".  She was indeed a beautiful young woman who I remember as always having a smile. Sangita represents women in the third world and their lack of choice and freedom.  This will only be changed by their education as a whole empowering them to make the changes they so need to make to better their lives and their future and that of their daughters'    Our program will now be called Sangita Literacy Program for Women.  The family is also setting up a bursary in her name to educate girls in her home village.  Hopefully NEF can make a donation to this.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Literacy Sponsors Needed

Our Women's Literacy Program is going very well but we really need more sponsors for them to keep this program running.  We have dropped from 45 sponsors to 37 in this last session.  We have nearly 80 women.
The cost is $10 per month so $60 for a six month term.  Some women only want to attend for six months but other want to continue.  $10 is equivalent to 3 to 4 cups of coffee, 2 if they are lattes.  It means so much to these women to attend school.  If you are interested or know someone who may be please email me at nepeducation@yahoo.ca  Please Help us to keep these ladies going to school.  There is lots of information and photos of them on this blog.