Australian Ambassador visits Didi Nepal

Didi extended a warm welcome to His Excellency Peter Budd, Australian Ambassador to Nepal when he visited the Didi Headquarters on 12 April to see the work being done by our organisation to empower women. Mayor Krishna Hari Thapa was also present to support this momentous day.

His Excellency met with women who are engaged in a range of vocational training programs. He visited the sewing workshop where women make re-usable sanitary pads that Didi distributes to school girls and to women in need, as part of their welfare program. Didi Nepal also showcased their social enterprise business that manufactures aprons and bags that are sold on the open market. H.E.also paid a visit to Mulpani where construction continues on building the new Didi Headquarters.

Jan Pryor, Founder said: “We are honoured that H.E. Pete gave up his valuable time to visit Didi Foundation and for his appreciation of the tireless work done by the Didi Nepal team to support underprivileged women.”

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Meena’s story

Meena came to Didi Headquarters devastated and alone. Didi has helped Meena to develop inner strength and she now has the determination of a woman to succeed.

women-Mena“I am 18 years old and never had an education. I never got to go to school because my parents were very poor farmers. Both my parents died when I was a young so I had to live with relatives in Kathmandu but my treatment was not good.

I have been working on a construction site, which is very hard work for women but pays for my livelihood. It allows me to pay the rent on my single room in a building and to buy my food. It is very simple but it is my home and I am in control of it.

Something really bad happened to me and a lady told me about The Didi Foundation. I went there and they were so kind to me. They offered to help me and purchased another sewing machine and squashed me into the beginners sewing class. I was provided with everything I needed and an opportunity to learn sewing skills. I enjoy this so much and I am so excited that Didi Foundation has offered me the advanced sewing course. I can now dream of opening my own tailoring centre.

So now I go to the construction site and work from early morning and go to Didi Headquarters for my three hour training and then go back to the construction site. My sewing teacher, Sadhuram is very kind to me and gives me extra help and so does the manager Jyoti who makes sure I am good and caring for myself.

I wish to express my sincere gratitude to Didi Foundation for helping me and giving me a future.”

Meena

Didi HQ building update

The first floor slab was poured last week and once the concrete has cured, the brickwork will commence for the first floor. It’s very exciting to watch the building grow and I look forward to posting more pictures very soon.

$22,000 to go

My thanks to these kind people who have supported our building appeal

  • Carolyn’s $150.00 purchased 600 bricks
  • Tracey who purchased 2,000 bricks
  • Cararoo Foundation that contributed $3,000 towards windows

Would you like to donate TAX DEDUCTIBLE Bricks?

$20 (80 bricks), would be more than appreciated.

MAKE A TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION

Your continued support is such a blessing. Jan

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Packed to the rafters, but still getting it right

Our small cramped space at Didi Headquarters of three rooms and a small kitchen is a hive of activity with up 70 women attending classes every day. Empowering women through vocational education ensures sustainable futures especially for young women.

Didi can boast some really good statistics

From all of our courses: Sewing, numeracy and literacy, computers and government initiated projects our statistics prove that we are doing the right thing.

  • 835 women have graduated from vocational courses at Didi Headquarters
  • 85% success rate of women gaining employment by attending a sewing course, computer course or government initiated projects.
  • 64% of women have established their own businesses. This incorporates women graduating from the literacy and numeracy program and sewing school

Everyone is looking forward to having a new Didi Headquarters so we can expand our courses and train more women.

women-hq-sewing

 

UNSW students became Didi Aid Assistants

Student on Day 3

Twenty two students from the University of New South Wales took part in a Didi Aid Tour in November, contributing hugely to the education, health and wellbeing of disadvantaged children in Nepal.

In the eight-day visit they experienced family life in Kathmandu, through a homestay and worked at our sponsored school near Bhuktapur. At this school they did practice English, computer lessons, did  health checks and also had fun time with movies. Then our Didi Angels were off for the long and windy trip to a remote part of Eastern Nepal where they once again went ‘above and beyond’ working at another disadvantaged boarding school. Everywhere they went they left a positive foot print and promoted equality in education.

Through crowd-funding, the students were able to contribute to the work of Didi Nepal. Our Didi Angels purchased three new computers and had the internet connected and funded for a year at one school, and they also funded a badminton court, distributed lots of warm clothing, carried out medical check-ups and took part in a school beautification project.

Everywhere our Didi Angels went they sprinkled bucket loads of their magical stardust on the lives of so many disadvantaged children.

Health checks for children

We were so lucky to have Dr Helen join the Didi Aid team in November. With the support of the Didi Angels, Dr Helen was able to run basic medical check-ups on children at two of our outreach schools. The team documented their findings and have compiled a report for future investigation. For many children this was the first time they had ever seen a medical professional.  The Medical team carried out basic hearing tests on the children at the deaf school, with some interesting results. Stay tuned as our medical journey unfolds.

A huge thank you goes to Veronica and the UNSW Didi Aid Team. You were awesome plus. Also thanks for such positive evaluations at the end of the Didi Aid experience.

Follow their journey…

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