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The 100 women and who are we helping

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Who are the 100 WOMEN?

The 100 women who have put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboards, range from 18 to 95 years old. At the time of writing their pieces they lived all around the U.K. and their backgrounds and occupations are diverse. They include stay-at-home mums, working mums, university lecturers, a hairdresser, a café owner, a chocolate maker, a patch-work creator, a nurse, African-drumming teachers, a bee-keeper, an acupuncturist, a yoga practitioner, volunteers in a Lion’s charity shop, teachers, writers, poets, a jewellery artist, a priest, an obsessive baker, a student, an actor, an avid traveller, a shop assistant, a fan of ‘Vampire’s Diaries’ and office workers like Wendy Smith who ran the London Marathon: I may not have broken any records, I may have been beaten by thousands of people, but I have achieved something I never would have dreamt of achieving all those years ago in PE lessons: I have completed the 26 miles 385 yards - that is The London Marathon. (Pic of her on bike) Why did these women do it? For lots of reasons really – the joy ( or challenge ) of writing; because they were asked; because it seemed like fun; (because I twisted their arm???) but mostly because of the good cause as Tina Greening explained: I’ve never been asked to write about me before. I actually love my job. I was pleased to have the chance to tell people about it. And it’s for such a great cause. I like that I’m helping other women. (pic in her butcher’s outfit)

Who are we helping?

We have chosen three different enterprises to help with this first edition:

Himalayan Adventure Girls

Himalayan Adventure Girls is a non-profit organisation with the unique purpose of encouraging young Nepale women to participate in the outdoors industry as guides and instructors. Tourism has become one of the most important forms of income generation in Nepal and yet women in general continue to play little part. Since its founding in 2008 Himalyan Adventure Girls has sought to provide professional training and to create opportunities for Nepale women to gain meaningful employment in the outdoors industry. Until Inka and her girls created Himalayan Adventure Girls, 100% of the Nepale river guides and instructors were male. This project provides a much needed opportunity for women to gain employment as guides as well. Today, through Himalayan Adventure Girls several young Nepale women have gained the necessary skills and experience to work as professional guides. Many have even competed in whitewater kayaking competitions, the first Nepale women to ever do so! However, as women they continue to have limited opportunities in Nepal and while they seek to continue their training it is the organisation’s goal to provide new opportunities and to make sure new girls get encouragement and training. For most women in Nepal the expectation is that they will get married young and spend the rest of their married lives at home looking after their families, a job as a guide in the rafting or trekking industry is a good opportunity for an amazing change in their lives, perhaps a way out of misery, poverty or worse. Whatever their background, the idea of this project is to empower Nepale women to work with tourists (especially female tourists). Ultimately we would like to see Nepale women travelling the world: kayaking, raft guiding, competing in international kayaking events, and using their newly acquired professional skills.

Maiti Nepal

Maiti Nepal has become a home to women and girls--whether married or not--who have been exploited, neglected or their rights grossly violated by family and society. It was a crusade to find such victims a home for their safety and protection that gave birth to this NGO in November 1993 and led to the on-going fight against all the social evils inflicted on women. MAITI Nepal was born out of a crusade to protect Nepale girls and women from crimes like domestic violence, trafficking for sex trade, child prostitution, child labour and other forms of exploitation. Most of all, its special focus has always been on preventing trafficking for forced prostitution, rescuing such victims and rehabilitating them. It also actively works to find justice for the victimized girls and women by engaging in criminal investigation and waging legal battles against the criminals. Maiti Nepal works to help victimized Nepale girls and women regain their dignity and self-respect by providing them with an education, counselling and teaching them income generating skills.

Rotary Club of the Himalayan Gurkhas

Micro-finance Project

The Rotary Club of the Himalyan Gurkhas have a new ‘seed-fund’ project. The RC will provide a small amount of money (roughly 7,000 NRs approximately £60), to each member, on a one year loan with small interest - 12% (this to cover the travel/ food expenses of the visiting volunteer leader). This financial help will be offered only to women in the village who live on a hand- to -mouth basis. The village community itself will select not more than ten members for each micro credit group on the grounds that they are the most reliable and also the poorest women. With the micro finance support, the women will be provided with livestock (pigs and/or goats), materials for small retail shops or tools and dry seeds for kitchen garden A volunteer female leader will be designated as the group leader of four-to-five groups. These groups will hold their meetings at the village centre every month on the same day. The group leader will render help and training not only in the finance/ credit operation but also on health and hygiene matters, thereby increasing the benefits to members. The volunteer leader will visit regularly to monitor progress made by members and offer appropriate assistance when needed. To encourage and support the poorest members of this region, RC of the Himalayan Gurkhas, will gradually expand the project to other villages in other districts This project can be a long term one to cover the poorest areas of all Nepal for years to come…. HOW GREAT WOULD THAT BE????

 

 

 

 

 

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theBook Project has just launched its first book! A 100 women from Britain. The lives of women in developed countries differs greatly from the lives of women in underdeveloped countries. With this first book we want to give women all over the world the chance the learn from each other.

What Is It?

theBook Project is an initiative started to support organisations that help empowering women in underdeveloped countries. In many countries women do not have the same opportunities as males do. Education, employment or going out with friends is unheard of.. But an educated girl with a proper job is in many cases the solution for a country's better future! Read here how the Book Project started and what you can do.

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Who could resist this winning combination of a fascinating read that gives an insight into women’s everyday lives with the bonus of supporting a cause that must be close to most women’s hearts.
Hanna-Gael Darney
The BOOK PROJECT is special to me as I believe we are helping women to learn skills that are not just for now but for their future and I look forward to seeing it progress and grow.The book is a wonderful start and I am confident it will entertain as well as inspire everyone.
Anne Fisher

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