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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Whilst in Kathmandu Renee & Terry also had the opportunity to visit the Cyrene Sewing project that we support.
Visiting the Cyrene sewing project is a delight and a joy. On the whole, the ladies are quite young, very enthusiastic and quick to learn. The teacher has excellent sewing skills. The ladies learn how to measure, cut out and sew material pieces to make every day Nepali dress called “Khurtas”. This is basically long pants (fairly baggy) with a dress over the top (slits up the side) and a shawl. The colours are gloriously rich. Like most Nepali ways, all this is done on the floor – except of course, for the sewing machine itself.
The ladies attend for several weeks and at the end of the course they receive a certificate at a ceremony (Nepalis love celebrations) after which they will hopefully be able to find work as a tailor either working for themselves or others. Cyrene also run an advanced course for those wishing to learn more.
Before the sessions start in the mornings there is a brief meeting, when the ladies sing short Christian songs and maybe share something of their lives. This is followed by a session on general life skills – many Nepali girls have not had the opportunity to have education so reading and writing is offered. Family planning is also discussed.
The ladies certainly leave Cyrene with a vision and a hope, not to mention a life skill that will benefit themselves and their families. We are grateful to our Nepali contacts who run this project so faithfully and we continue to help from here in England in every possible way.