It is always a pleasure to write to all of our supporters, some of you have been helping WWR for many years now and some of you are new to us. Thank you to you all. This newsletter comes to you for the fi…rst time from America as I (Anna) moved here in May, we are probably here for a couple of years, but who knows!
I thought I would write about sponsorship this time. Most of you sponsor a particular woman or a particular project that we run (if you are in doubt please get in touch!) Regular sponsorship is the foundation on which all WWR’s activities are built and we are so thankful for it. We know that sponsors enjoy the updates on the women that Renee sends each year when she visits them – thanks Renee!
Some donors have said they would like to do more to help the women they sponsor, so it seems like a good idea to let you know what you could do, though these are all optional so don’t feel under any obligation to do them.
If you would like to write to the lady you support that would be wonderful as they find it so encouraging. If you are able to enclose a photo that’s even better as most of our ladies are illiterate. Please keep letters short so our staff can translate them easily. If you would like to write to the lady you sponsor please e-mail email@example.com who will provide you with the address.
As for gifts, it is impossible to send anything from the UK to Nepal as parcels go missing so often, but if you would like to donate an extra amount for something specific, such as clothes, cooking items or children’s school supplies then you can do this. You may donate up to £20 no more than every six months to the lady you sponsor, any more than this may create tensions between women who do receive gifts and those that don’t.
Finally, there is the option to visit the woman you sponsor or the project you support! Tourism is such a valuable revenue stream for Nepal and a key part of their economy, so if you are thinking about going, why not?
if you have been reading this but don’t yet sponsor a woman then the good news is that we currently have five ladies who are in need of your help. Sponsorship is £15 per month and gives the woman security to know that she has somewhere safe to live and if she needs help she has someone to turn to.
Each of these ladies has difficult challenges that they face and their stories can’t easily be summarised. However, in brief, Jamuna and Chanda are widows, Beena and her three children were abandoned, Maya has never married and Sita believes her husband was murdered. Beyond these basic facts are stories of intense suffering and if you are interested in knowing more or sponsoring one of them please let us know.
Liking our Facebook page is the best way to keep up with what WWR is doing in Nepal, please join us there if you haven’t already.
Thank you again for all your support and prayers.
Anna, Renee, Nic, Jan & Marilyn, the trustees of WWR
She is 31 yrs old and has 3 children. 11 yrs daughter, 7 yrs boy and 6 years boy. Her husband left her about 5 yrs ago and took her 6 yrs son with him. Her husband has another wife. Now she is living with just 2 of her children. She works at a carpet factory and lives in one room and cooks on a kerosene stove and has no good bedding for sleep. Her daughter goes to school but she does not have money for her 7 yrs boy to go to school, so he does not go to school. She needs also support from WWR.
Womenswear for WWR
Renee, one of our trustees, will shortly be leaving for a visit to Kathmandu and it would be fantastic if she could take some gifts to the women who have so little. Almost all of the women have never owned new clothes and we would love to provide them this basic luxury, that we take for granted. We would be hugely grateful, if you our supporters, could purchase just one new item of clothing, perhaps a t-shirt, pair of socks or cardigan and send it to Renee (or give to Anna or Marilyn) for her to take to the women. Perhaps you could select something for them next time you do your supermarket shop, it need not be expensive, for instance M&S sell fairtrade t-shirts for just £5.
1. Clothing should be between the UK sizes of 10 to 16 and sizes 12 and 14 would be most useful.
2. Clothing should be new, we know you probably have lots of 2nd-hand clothing we could pass on, but we would really like to treat the women to something new and Renee only has limited space in her luggage allowance.
3. The women in general wear Nepali clothes and so it would be most useful for them to have something they could layer such as a t-shirt or cardigan.
4. The deadline for clothing items to reach Renee is Friday 19th March. Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the address to send items to.
5. Should you wish to hand Marilyn (in Reading) or Anna (in Watchfield, nr Swindon) the items for them to post on with other garments that have been collected, then the deadline is Monday 15th March. Please e-mail email@example.com for their addresses also.
6. If you sponsor a specific woman and would like the garment to go particularly to her then please write her name and yours on the label.
Thank you so much for you support. We really do appreciate it and know that it makes such a huge difference to the lives of the women in Nepal, all of whom burst into tears whenever we give them a gift! Please do not hesitate to get in contact with us if you have any questions.
With our heartfelt thanks,
Anna, Renee and Marilyn
The Trustees of WWR
Yesterday Anna was interviewed during the Dayspring church christmas carol service in Chippenham about how Women Without Roofs was first established – find out more on the ‘About Us’ page.
It was a great opportunity to talk about how the initial generosity of one missionary in Nepal has led to many women being supported and blessed by the funds raised by Women Without Roofs here in England. We have expanded steadily and now run two sewing courses that teach the women how to support themselves through home sewing businesses.
The church also presented her with a generous donation that will pay for the blankets that we are handing out to all the women we support this christmas.
We’d be more than happy to talk to you about our work; please contact Anna on firstname.lastname@example.org