Dearest Friends and Family,
***MISSION ACCOMPLISHED $18,000 ! We have NOW reached the goal!
On top of the $5000 here $13,000 has been donated directly to the Louisiana Himalaya Assocaition (LHA) for the schlorship fund. Neysa's parents, Kerry & Naomi Fanwick have donated $8000, and close family friend, Tom Hoffman, has matched the first $5000 raised. Thanks to their generosity and your help, we have now raised the $18,000 needed to provide full schlorships for three Tibetan Women in Neysa's honor!
Check out www.lhainfo.org to monitor progress and/or to stay involved with the schlorship program plus other that to support the Tibetan Refugee community.
--------------------------------------------------------------- The story
We are writing to you from the Himalayan region of northern India, where for the past three weeks our group, 12 Tulane Social Work students and three professors have spent time learning from and working with Tibetan refugees. Since China forcibly occupied Tibet in 1950, Tibetans in their ancestral homeland have been continually forced to abandon their culture and beliefs under the threat of violence, of disappearance, and of cultural genocide. Many of the Tibetans here in India have fled this persecution and live as refugees in exile from their homeland.
It has become our desire to demonstrate solidarity with the environmental and financial conditions of the Tibetan people by supporting young Tibetan women in their pursuit of further education and empowerment. The chance to obtain an education affects more than just one student, as employment and healthy modeling can help entire family and community systems. We've discovered that many Tibetan women seek a degree in nursing, as nursing jobs are readily available. Many of them are qualified and accepted into the programs but lack the funds for tuition and room/board.
Our short term goal is to raise enough funds to fully support at least three Tibetan women through nursing school. The cost of a three year nursing degree in India, is only $6000 and includes tuition,room/board; that's just $2,000 a year or $5 a day!
Our long term goal is to continue to support and grow this scholarship program, in order to have a lasting impact and provide opportunities for Tibetan women for many years to come. An endowenment fund of $330,000. would provide the annual income for three schlorships annually.
Dedication to Neysa Fanwick: In 2011, as a Tulane School of Social Work student, Neysa came on this annual TSSW Journey to India. She was strongly moved by her relationships with her Tibetan friends and their community. She continued to incorporate the acquired lessons and wisdom in her daily life and her commitment to working with and serving marginalized populations in New Orleans. Sadly, shortly before we left for this trip, Neysa became ill and passed away on July 29, 2017. In honor of her wonderful spirit and her love for the Tibetan community, we are dedicating the establishment of this scholarship fund in her name.
The Neysa Fanwick Tibetan Women's scholarship fund is set up and ready, with the help of Louisiana Himalaya Association (LHA). LHA is based in New Orleans and has been working with the Tibetan community in India since 1997. The organization will maintain, adminsister and monitor the scholarships. LHA is a volunteer run non-profit organization, where 100% of all donations made toward the fund will go directly to the Tibetan community and those women receiving scholarships.
We are asking for your help to provide these much needed opportunities to those who have taught us so much through their resilience and joy in the face of devastating adversity. It has been a blessing to get to know their story and to grow in friendship with these amazing people, and we ask that you please consider a one time donation or a monthly pledge to the cause of liberation and empowerment. Each donation (large or small) will make a huge difference in the journey of a young woman, facing incredible challenges from displacement and systems of oppression.
It is our hope that, with your help, we will exceed our short term goal of $18000, grow this scholarship fund, and have the ability to help support & empower Tibetan women for many years to come.
Thank you for your generosity and support,
The Tulane School of Social Work, 2017 India Group
Carlie Jo Richard