Returning to Nepal


In November 2013 I joined 25 other enthusiastic IWEN Canada volunteers on a build trip in one of thee most rural & impoverished regions of Nepal. While there, we completed construction on a school and started digging the footings for a women’s vocational centre, Unako House (a women’s vocational centre which translates into “it’s hers”).

Digging a footing at UNAKO House, Chainpur Nepal, Nov 2013

Digging a footing at UNAKO House, Chainpur Nepal, Nov 2013

IWEN Volunteers starting the foundation work for UNAKO House, Chainpur, Nepal, Nov 2013

IWEN Volunteers starting the foundation work for UNAKO House, Chainpur, Nepal, Nov 2013

Over the past 22 months and through the contribution of several more volunteers & corporations, this 2 floor, 4000 sqft building has evolved to include solar panels, 14 rooms & office area, 2 leasable units, a full kitchen and provisions for living quarters.

 

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Unako House, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Unako House 2014

In leading up to my last trip, SO MANY of you joined the journey through various forms of support. My son’s school filled a hockey bag of goods. Between girl’s annual educational sponsorships and the brick campaign YOU helped me raiseover $25,000 towards that build……….

……….and I’m going AGAIN!

I am leaving October 25, 2015 (till November 11, 2015) with a build-team from across Canada.  The organization is  IWEN Canada.  The main focus of this build trip is to complete the Unako Project in Dang. UNAKO translates into “It’s hers”. At Unako House, we are providing a safe place for women (typically mother’s of the Indentured Girls) to be able to go and train and work and make scarves and handbags without paying spending their profits on rent.

We also plan to visit the disaster hit area of Gorkha and assist with school re-construction in Kavre.

I am working towards raising additional funds for more bikes, toilets and initiatives that support the future sustainability of the IWEN sponsored Tharu women’s village clusters in the outlying, extremely remote areas of Dang. 

This mission is to also raise further awareness and to expand upon support an “Indentured Girls Program”, whereby we are saving or rescuing girls – girls as young as 7 years old who, in this world of ours are being sold by their families into bonded labour contracts – arrangements which include house slaves, farm labour and in some cases sex trade workers.

To date, IWEN Canada has enrolled over 300 girls into their classrooms; 207 are still in school today. If the girls are in school they are protected from bonded labour contracts. (Right now there are approximately 100+ girls desperately wanting to enroll.  If you sponsor a girl, you are given a brief bio and a picture) Education will make a dramatic difference in these girls lives!!

COLLECTIVELY WE CAN DO SOMETHING THAT HAS REAL TANGIBLE AND MEANINGFUL RESULTS.

 For $100, you too can BUY A BRICK. Click on this link: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/unako-house-completion/

If you BUY A BRICK, you can have your family name or the name of a loved one on it. Be sure to make a request in the comments box for me to install it (I will be sure to also take a picture of it for you).  A perfect birthday present that gives globally and warms the heart of the recipient xo

For $300 (or only $25/month), you too can SPONSOR a scholarship for a girl, for one year including school fees, supplies, shoes & other basic necessities. (The donation page give you an option to make a one time contribution – or donate $25 per month)

I will make efforts to raise additional funds for more bikes, toilets and initiatives that support the future sustainability of the IWEN sponsored women’s village clusters in the surrounding area. 

Please see the options on my fundraising page: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/unako-house-completion/

For further reflections on my Nepal Journey: http://www.leahpodollan.com/category/philanthropy/

For an overview of IWEN, their mandates and all of the ways you can get involved, follow this link: http://iwencanada.com/