Education is one of the most powerful ways to address social change. Due to gender discrimination and poverty, girls in Nepal are often deprived of a full education - leaving some 57% of the women in the country illiterate. This holiday season, win a free stay in Maui and help me make a big impact by saving the world - one girl at a time!
Update 1.21.13 - Unfortunately, Shiristi is no longer in school and available for sponsorship, so her funds will be allocated to another deserving young woman: Bal Kumari Magar
Help me sponsor a year's worth of education for Bal Kumari Magar!
(and you can win a free week's stay in Maui – see Contest details below)
Shiristi's family is one of thousands who have moved from an impoverished village to Kathmandu in hopes of finding a better quality of life. However, her father can only find work as a bus driver. His small salary does not cover even basic care of Shiristi, much less her schooling. Without help, she will be unable to continue her second grade education. The odds are good that she would remain stuck in the cycle of poverty, with little or no opportunity to hold a job.
Shiristi has been identified as in need of Priority Sponsorship status through the community-based and locally developed NGO, Volunteers Initiative Nepal.
So how can I help?
There are 3 easy ways you can get involved and help me make a big impact this holiday season. Doing any one of the following will give you the chance to win a free week’s stay at a sweet Maui vacation cottage!
OPTION 1: Donate to Shiristi’s Sponsorship Fund
Shiristi needs $230 to cover the costs of all the fees, books, uniforms and medical supplies she will need for a another full year of education. That’s equivalent to about what it costs us to buy one latte a week for a year!
Hit the orange ‘DONATE’ button on the right to lend a hand!
(Once we reach our goal for Shiristi, we will pick another one of the 26 deserving girls!)
If the new fangled button isn’t your thing, you can donate old school style by sending a check to:
Friends of VIN
190 Haiku Rd.
Haiku, HI 96708
OPTION 2: Join Shiristi’s Team (No Money Necessary!)
No money but still want to help? No problem. Make an impact by helping to spread the word! Click the ‘JOIN THE TEAM’ button at the bottom of the page, create a Crowdrise profile and send a few shout-outs through your network. Check out the contest details below for how you can win your free week’s stay in Maui!
OPTION 3: Pick a different girl in Shiristi’s area and start a fundraising team for her!
Here’s the list of priority sponsorship girls in Shiristi’s area that also need help to continue their education. $230 isn’t hard to pull together. How cool would it be if we could fund the whole group before the end of the year?! Click the black ‘FUNDRAISE FOR THIS EVENT’ button on the right, sign in and select ‘CREATE YOUR OWN TEAM’. Pick one of the girls from the list and you’re off! Get ahold of me if you need help or have questions. :)
Why should I help Shiristi, when there are so many other girls in need?
It’s absolutely true that there are kids everywhere who could benefit from education sponsorship - some in our own backyards. So why pick girls in Nepal? Because our impact can be so great! Nepal is one of the poorest nations in the world - some 82% of rural Nepalese people live on less that $2 U.S. dollars a day.
Girls in Nepal, in particular, are often deprived of a full education, due to gender discrimination. As a result, 57% of the women in Nepal are illiterate. 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 this developing country.
Education is one of the most powerful ways to empower future generations with the ability to thrive. I believe Hillary Clinton said it best in her remarks for the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing, China in 1995:
“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.”
~Hillary Rodham Clinton
Help me save the world, one girl at a time!
You can win a FREE week’s stay 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.
See official rules & contest details.
Learn more about Friends of Volunteers Initiative Nepal, and why we do what we do! Read more about special needs of women and girls in Nepal. Or if you’re ready to volunteer like I did in 2010 with VIN in Nepal, go to http://friendsofvin.org/home/volunteer_in Nepal.