Volunteers Initiative Nepal (VIN) is an amazing NGO I worked with about two years ago. I spent three months in Jitpur, a village on the outskirts of Kathmandu and got to see firsthand the impact they are making and crazy good work they are doing. From constructing toilets to educating children to helping women gain business skills to running a health center to microcredit, VIN focuses on improving all aspects of life in Jitpur.
One of VIN's big initiatives is the Sponsor A Child program. Basically, the program identfies children who are not in school, or at at risk of being taken out of school because the parents can no longer afford to pay for it. When times get tough, girls' education tend to be one of the first things to get cut in Nepal. VIN has identified 26 young girls who are especially at risk. I personally know and spent time with some of these girls, and would really LOVE your help to keep them in school.
If you scroll all the way down on the link with all the girls, you'll see a sixth grader named Susmita Senchuri. She is amazing, and very close to my heart. I spent a LOT of time with Susmita when I was there. She was always following me around, singing me random songs, giving me small gifts (see the cutest postcard ever in the photos), and dancing bollywood with me (see video on the side). She is hands-down AWESOME! I'm so sad to see her on this list, and I want to do everything I can to help her.
A donation of any amount is greatly appreciated. See below for even more details.
SAVE THE WORLD, ONE GIRL AT A TIME.
(and win a free week’s accommodation in Maui in the process!)
“What we are learning around the world is that if women are healthy and educated, their families will flourish. If women are free from violence, their families will flourish. If women have a chance to work and earn as full and equal partners in society, their families will flourish. And when families flourish, communities and nations do as well.”
--Secretary of State and former First Lady Hillary Clinton
Remarks for the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women - Beijing, China, Sept. 1995
Girls in Nepal are often deprived of a full education, due to gender discrimination.
Join us to give the gift of education to deserving girls and you can win a free week’s stay in Maui. See contest details below. We’ve identified 26 deserving girls from the village of Jitpur, Nepal. We want to help as many of them as possible – One Girl at a time. Would you consider helping us?
How can I help?
There are 3 easy ways to show your support of education for girls. You can:
OPTION 1: Donate to the Event! Hit the orange DONATE button the right and select the team of your choice.
OPTION 2: Join a Team for one of the girls. Help us fundraise (even if you don't have money) by spreading the word.
- STEP 1: Scroll down to the Team Leaderboard at the bottom of the event page and join the Team of your choice.
- STEP 2: Sign in or sign up for a Crowdrise account
- STEP 3: You’re done! Edit and review your page and then send it to your friends and family asking them to donate!
These girls are identified as critically in need of financial help if they are going to continue their studies.
For only $230 (equivalent to just one Starbuck’s Latte a week for a year!) a girl will receive a year’s schooling, covering the cost of:
- admission fees
- examination fees
- monthly tuition fees
- two sets of uniforms (shirt, pant, sweater, tie, belt, shoes, bag, etc.)
- stationery and books
- child club support
- support for community development activities
- administrative charge (including correspondence, follow up and monitoring of the sponsored child)
Without help, these girls could become part of the 57% of illiterate women in the country of Nepal. They might have to drop out of school or miss classes. They will likely remain stuck in the cycle of poverty, with little or no opportunity for holding any job.
Funding opportunities for girls and women in the country can be one of the most powerful ways to address the drastic social and economic inequalities facing Nepal, one of the poorest nations in the world.
Any funds raised above and beyond the sponsorship amount or donated to the General Donation Fund will be distributed to the other girls on our list, one girl at a time. Will you help?
You can win a FREE week’s accommodation in a vacation rental in Haiku, Maui! We have 3 categories, with a free Maui week awarded to the winner of each. Contest ends Dec. 31st, 2012!
Contest #1: For the person who raises the most funds for this event
Contest #2: For the person who recruits the most people to participate, either by getting them to donate, join or create a team
Contest #3: ‘Wild Card’ Drawing - Each person that joins our event automatically gets an entry to win! Drawing will be held January 2nd, 2013.