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The Story of theBOOK PROJECT …(in the beginning)


In the Spring of 2009 I went for the very first time to Nepal. It was an adventure. I was excited. I didn’t know what to expect. I went as part of a medical mission (although, despite being a ‘doctor’ I am not medical) which was organised by my son. He needed an extra pair of ‘medical hands’ and so called on his dad (who is medical!). ’If you’re going, I’m going’ I said, so we both went.

It was indeed an adventure unlike any other we have had, not least because we came back having ‘adopted’ a small orphanage in Kathmandu. What this meant was that we had to keep returning to Nepal and Kathmandu to carry out work and catch up with our children.

Each time we returned we learnt something more about the country and its people. What we learnt was the extent of the grinding poverty; the deprivation, the abandoned children and the dreadful plight of many of the women. Indeed these things were hard to miss. We learned that it is because of the poor circumstances of the women that many children are abandoned or ‘given-up’ ( heartbreakingly ‘given-up’ to orphanages because the widowed mother has no means of providing for them). It became apparent to us that if we helped the women to become more empowered and economically viable, the orphanages would not be so full and there would be less children sleeping in plastic bags on the streets.

Happily we were fortunate enough to meet a young woman, Inka Trollsas , who was doing something practical and worthwhile. She had started to train young Nepale girls to become Kayak instructors. So radical was this that the first girls were disowned by their families. Now, happily, this is not the case and Inka is trying to extend her work to more girls and find them employment. I was inspired by Inka’s commitment and by the young girls’ determination, so, I promised to help.

The way to help was unclear. I could not take on anymore fundraising as we (my husband and I) were already totally committed to fundraising for the orphanage. Then I had a ‘light-bulb’ moment. I would ask women here in the UK to help women there in Nepal. Women helping women. What could be better? How to do that? Simple. Ask women here to write about themselves…’A day in the life of…..’ (a 100 women – that number has such a nice ring to it) and make a book to sell. and give the profits to women’s organisations in Nepal - Voila - theBOOK PROJECT was born!

The Book Project's first book! A day in the life of a 100 women in Britain

 

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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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If you have any questions or comments about theBook Project, or if you come up with any other ways of helping the women of the world, please contact us by email and we will get back to you shortly.

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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

Contact

28 The Willows
Highworth
Wilts SN6 7PG

+44 01793 764979
the100womenbookproject@hotmail.co.uk