I am spending three months working for the Institute of Philanthropy and Humanitarian Development and already have been overwhelmed the love, passion, dedication and hard work that is injected into each and everyone of their rural development projects in the community of Bhikamkor.
Although a lot of progress has been made, there is a long and bumpy road to reach their ultimate goal and would love to raise $3000 to help.
I sat down with my friend, colleague, roomie and founder of IPHD to get an idea of how the money raised will be spent
1. Continue send 13 girls to school who would otherwise be required to leave school to marry. The scholarship covers ALL expenses including tuition, supplies, bags and uniforms. IPHD aims to double the amount of girls recieving the scholarship each year.
2. Provide training to and employ local women as part of a Community Outreach team to develop and implement a program that creates awareness of the importance of education for girls and identifies the challenges prohibiting girls from attending school
3. Provide facilities to overcome the challenges prohibiting girls from attending school including; adequate teachers, appropriate menstrual hygiene facilities and communication with members of the community who subscribe to the social and cultural notions that girls are to marry and become housewives once they begin menstruating
4. Extension of the Community Kitchen Garden providing women with iron-rich foods: seeds, fertiliser, water!
5. Fixed assets for the Saheli Centre, including sewing machines and overlockers, to enhance production capacity and therefore enabling more women to become financially independent
If you have any questions about the work of IPHD or Saheli Women, please don't hesitate to contact me. I am so inspired by this organisation and everyone involved and it would mean the world to me if I could rally my friends, family and strangers in support of a community in need.
Endless love, sunshine and gratitude