Nepal Literacy Fund Report 2011

Nepal Literacy Fund

In 2010 twelve clubs contributed to the Nepal Literacy Fund. The clubs who contributed were Cambridge, Dunedin, Gisborne, Hibiscus Coast, Huntly and Districts, Kaitaia, Katikati, Taupo, Te Puke, Upper Hutt, Warkworth, and Whangarei. There was also money raised at the Gisborne Conference. A total of $1645.60 was donated.

Some clubs had literacy related themes for raising the money – a second hand book sale, donations for using the club’s Library books. Huntly and Districts had a special guest speaker on Nepal and donated the raffle money from the evening. Te Puke raffled fresh whitebait at the regional meeting. Other clubs have made donations either directly from members or from discretionary funds. What ever the means every little bit counts to making a difference to the women in Nepal.

This year already (but not counted in this year’s award) Auckland have made a very generous donation from their accumulated funds. Since last Conference $600 has been raised from the Whangamata Beach House rental and I extend this offer for another year. So please get in touch if you would like a holiday as well as supporting a worthwhile cause.

In October  Faye Gardiner, Anne Todd-Lambie, Anita Devcich and I travelled to Singapore to attend the Asia Pacific Regional Conference.  We took with us US$3070 which we presented to Ambica Shresthna to support the literacy/numeracy classes  conducted by BPW Nepal. BPW Nepal have expanded their programme considerably since we first started supporting them.  They now run training courses in a number of areas but all focussed on enabling women to help themselves. We indicated to Ambica that we would like to continue to support the basic literacy /numeracy classes as this basic skill is still very much needed and for many women is the stepping stone to greater achievements.

Thank you for your continued support of this project.  I look forward to hearing from clubs about their fund raising ideas this next year.

Diana O’Brien

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