Gen via Crowdrise
December 26, 2010
BENEFITING: CHILD HAVEN INTERNATIONAL USA INC
I volunteered for the Women's Foundation in Kathmandu, Nepal for 6 weeks, during which time I met one of the most amazing women in the world: Renu Sharma. Founder and President of the Women's Foundation, Renu has devoted her life to providing sanctuary for and the opportunity for rebuilding their lives to the forgotten women and children of Nepal. Her human rights group is active in bringing battered women and children to her safe house, giving them the medical and psychological treatment they need, and teaching them life skills with which they can go back out in the world and fend for themselves. She sends the children at her house to school and teaches the women how to weave, read, and other life skills, giving them the self-confidence to be able to provide for themselves and their children. However, with the ongoing political hostilities in Nepal and the cultural attitudes dictating female subordination, Renu's battle is uphill. She gives everything she has to save these women and children - can you help her help them?
For one example of Renu's charity, check out this link: http://hicic.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/guest-blogger-renu-sharma-shares-bimalas-story/
$600 pays for a Nepali child to live at Renu's safe house, eat three meals a day, and attend school for an entire year. Let's see if we can make this life possible for just 5 children.
The women at the safe house learn to weave and make scarves to sell at their Maheela shop. You can see the products the women make by checking out the website at http://www.womenfoundation.org/shop/shop.htm.