2019 Didi Aid Tour

An amazing group of ‘friends of Didi’ joined us for an adventurous and productive 10 days. We visited Didi HQ and visited Jagriti School while taking in the sites of Kathmandu.

We headed east to our remote school in the high desolate mountain area of Ramechhap where we were greeted by the students with massive garlands of flowers and excited children who were ready to party. The road up the mountain has been mostly tarred which took at least an hour off the trip.

As usual, Sindhuli School just filled everyone’s hearts with happiness as we implemented a sports program and did storytelling and colouring with these highly disadvantaged children. Sadly, in Nepal, if you are born with a disability, your family is said to be cursed and you are worthless. Together, we are making small steps towards breaking down this century-old stigma by incorporating inclusivity into our work at Didi Headquarters with the future vision of supporting the graduating deaf students with career opportunities.

It was a great tour packed to the brim with activities and I think we were all in bed at 8.30pm every night in order to kick start early the next day. Everyone enjoyed the trip to Chitwan National Park where we saw rhino’s, crocodiles, elephants and monkeys in the wild.

A huge shout out to Sue, Bev, Jenny, John, Gail, Rubilyn, Val, Bettina and Jo for making a fabulous team and a big thank you for donating a sewing machine and computer for our Women’s Centre, together with the mountain of resources that you brought with you.

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Didi Aid Tour – Mustang – April 2019

Ten adventurous souls set off in jeeps on a mammoth journey to Lower Mustang. They were on a mission to deliver educational aid to a remote school in Kagbeni.

The sometimes nerve-wracking hours in the jeep encountered narrow dusty and rutted dirt roads which occasionally turned to unpredictable mud tracks where the jeep slipped and slidded. But this drama was overshadowed by the intensely beautiful and towering snow-covered Annapurna Mountains and the twisting, turning, everchanging and unpredictable Kaligandaki River that verged into sometimes dry and arid riverbeds, or swollen fast moving and dangerous rapids. We rested in the beautiful and calm town of Marpha, famous for its apples and white painted brick homes and narrow alleyways.

Unpacking the surprises of the medieval town of Kagbeni was like unveiling a jewel. Sitting on the Kaligandaki River and flanked by black onerous mountains of rubble and rugged rock formations which were beautifully juxtaposed against snow-capped mountains. Deep in the bowels of the town was a hidden medieval village that is home to a small thriving community that was living like it did hundreds of years ago.

We were the first ever aid team to visit the Shree Janashanti boarding school for 165 students. It was worth the journey to be at the school where we supplied and implemented sports programs, dental hygiene and a girl’s reproductive health lesson implemented by Molly. A visual flip chart gave the girls an open forum to discuss their menstrual issues. We handed over 65 re-usable sanitary kits that were made at Didi HQ.

Thank you to David, Geoff, Molly, Linda, Chris, Wendy, Val, Anne and Michael for making this a memorable experience.

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Opening of new Didi HQ

25th April 2019 was a very auspicious day for all of us here in Kathmandu and for the Didi Foundation

  • It was 4 years, to the day, since the tragic Nepalese earthquake of 2015
  • It was Anzac Day, a special time for commemoration
  • AND it was the opening of our new Didi Foundation HQ, which is a symbol of hope, growth, equality and empowerment through education.

The Australian Ambassador to Nepal, His Excellency Pete Budd and his wife Emma Stone attended the lavish ceremony and he unveiled the inauguration stone of the new Didi Headquarters. The ceremony was attended by:

  • Municipality Mayor Krishna Hari Thapa, who was acknowledged for his continued support. He was joined by other senior local government ministers and dignitaries
  • 18 Australian guests joined us in Mulpani Kathmandu for the grand opening
  • Over 250 women gathered to celebrate the opening and hung on to every word that spoke of their opportunities for empowerment.

The 25th April will always be a significant day in the growth of the Didi Foundation and congratulations must go to the Didi Nepal team for their effort in creating such a celebratory day.

Regardless of race, colour or caste we are CREATING A FUTURE AND CHANGING A DESTINY for hundreds of women in Nepal.

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We love our Tradies!

Tradies Underwear have sponsored us with 180 pairs of underpants for use with our reusable sanitary kits.

And we’re spreading the Tradie spirit across Nepal. The underpants will be included in the kits distributed to highly disadvantaged schoolgirls during our humanitarian aid tours. Some will be delivered to Lower Mustang and others will go to schools in the Ramechhap and Sindhuli Districts.

In remote regions families cannot afford sanitary items and girls miss out on school for up to seven days a month. Giving girls these reusable sanitary kits empowers them not only with dignity, but equality in education.

Our girls at Bright Future just love them!

Thanks, Tradies for empowering up to 180 school girls in Nepal.

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Australian Aid Friendship Grant to build new cooking school

Here at Didi Headquarters, we’ve been biting-at-the-bit to share with you some really exciting news. So here goes… drum roll…

The Didi Foundation is the recipient of a $35,000 Australian Aid: Friendship Grant from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to construct a cooking school at our new Didi Headquarters.

The cooking school will:

  • provide employment opportunities for graduating deaf students
  • provide opportunities for disadvantaged women and single mums to bake products for sale at home
    (we now have the creche to support young mums)
  • be income generating for Didi Nepal
    (we already have orders for hundreds of cupcakes)

I am sure you will agree that partnering with the Australian Government for this new project and flying their logo is a fitting finale to an awesome 2018 and augurs well for a bright future for The Didi Foundation’s vision to provide life skills programs to encourage the development of sustainable futures.

Make a difference in Nepal in 2019

Join the Didi team in Nepal in 2019 as we double-up our humanitarian aid efforts to Didi projects.

In April 2019, Didi Nepal is organising 2 Didi Aid Tours on either side of the Grand Opening on the new Didi Headquarters in Kathmandu on 25 April 2019 (Anzac Day). Join us for one or both Didi Aid tours! Don’t think too long as spaces are strictly limited.

Didi Aid Tour 2019 – Lower Mustang, Nepal

Commences in Kathmandu: 15 April 2019
Finishes in Kathmandu: 24 April 2019

Our tour takes us to LOWER MUSTANG in the northeast region. LOWER MUSTANG oozes Tibetan culture in an isolated and arid environment. Once an independent Tibetan kingdom, it is now overseen by Nepal. Join us as we deliver aid to isolated and very poor government schools. Visit our Didi Projects and whilst in Kathmandu, spend time with the children at Bright Futures Learning Centre. Attend the official opening of the new Didi Headquarters.

Note: Not for the faint hearted – wild jeep driving – optional trekking

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Didi Aid Tour 2019 – Kathmandu, Nepal

Commences Kathmandu: 25 April 2019
Finishes Kathmandu: 4 May 2019

The Didi Foundation Nepal offers an inspirational 10-day humanitarian aid tour where you will experience first-hand Nepalese culture, support local community projects and see the wonders of Nepal.

Your world will open up to the medieval city of Kathmandu. You’ll stare in disbelief at the gigantic Himalayan peaks and look in wonderment at remote rural communities. Be overwhelmed by how far a little goes when you visit our outreach community projects that support disadvantaged women and children to develop sustainable futures.

  • Visit the ancient sites of medieval Kathmandu
  • Visit Didi Headquarters and Bright Future Learn Centre
  • Join us for the official opening of the new Didi Headquarters
  • Travel down to Chitwan National Park for some jungle adventure
  • In Pokhara, sit by Fewer Lake and gaze at the Annapurna Mountains
  • Note: 5 day Annapurna Trek is an optional extra

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2018 Didi Aid team at Ramechhap School
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GRAND OPENING – new Didi Headquarters
Kathmandu – 25 April 2019

Join the Didi Team for the official opening of our women’s centre. We are honoured that the Australian Ambassador to Nepal, His Excellency Pete Budd, will open Didi’s new vocational centre. Many Nepalese dignitaries and Ministers from various government departments will also attend the opening. And we’d love you to be there too!

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‘The Didi Angels’ – 2018 University Didi Aid team

Organised and managed by our awesome supporter Veronica O’Mara the group hung out with the Didi Nepal team in November, 2018.

Veronica went above and beyond to collect fine motor skill toys for the crèche and collected sets of clothing for all the kids at Sindhuli School. One hundred of them. The team also raised funds to implement a mushroom farm at Sindhuli which they physically dug and constructed the foundations.
The team beamed out with their homestays in Kathmandu and sprinkled stardust on the lives of hundreds of kids in Nepal.

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‘The Dream Machine’ – 2018 Schoolies Didi Aid team

These amazing young Year 12 graduates took a walk on the wild side with Didi Foundation Nepal. They embraced Nepali culture with dignity and respect and like sponges, they absorbed everything that came their way.

A gorgeous group of strangers who came together and bonded as a united team. As a team, they worked hard at implementing their Didi Aid responsibilities and travelled the wild roads, long distances and ate a lot of dust, without a single complaint. They got down and dirty cleaning the new Didi Headquarters, painted a mural in the crèche that they so proudly funded. They gave literacy classes at Jagriti School, met the children at Bright Future and went above and beyond at Sindhuli Deaf School.

This team just fills my heart with so much pride and I am sure you will want to give them a big SHOUT OUT if you meet them.

Jan Pryor | Founder | The Didi Foundation

Reflections

Cate: When I read the email giving all the details of what the Didi Foundation’s Schoolies Trip would be like, it just clicked that this is exactly what I wanted to do… to be part of a team working to help others and experience a whole different world in beautiful Nepal

Alycia: After hearing and learning about the empowerment and dedication to creating sustainable futures the Didi Foundation provide throughout Nepal quickly convinced me to be a part of this life changing experience! The aid tour allowed for a great balance between aid work, exploring Nepal’s biggest attractions and travelling to remote areas, while also celebrating finishing school.

Nyah:I would definitely recommend schoolies with the Didi Foundation as it is a fantastic way to see a beautiful country at it’s realest and to make a difference to the people who live there.

Didi Foundation Information Sessions

sudip-nepalJoin members of The Didi Foundation for an Information Session where you can hear first-hand about the work we are doing in Nepal and ask questions about our Didi Aid Tours 2019.

Where
Doylason Wyee RSL, Pacific Hwy, Doyalson NSW 2262
When
Sunday 14 October, 10.30 – 12.30pm

We are delighted to have Didi Foundation Nepal’s CEO and co-founder of The Didi Foundation, Sudip Koirala who will be speaking at the sessions. Please register your interest if you would like to attend.

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Sponsored by Doyalson Wyee RSL

Didi HQ Appeal reaches target

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We did it!

We are really excited that the Didi Building Appeal target of $30,000 has been reached and Stage 1 of the project is nearing completion.

Our Didi team would really like to thank every person, club and group who donated to this project. Your generosity will empower so many highly disadvantaged women and give them an opportunity to succeed.

This project would not have come in on budget and on time if it was not for our awesome Nepali team who have worked tirelessly and been there to count every brick and every item on delivery. Thanks go to Sudip Koirala and Jagdish Koirala, and a special thank you to the girls in our team, Jyoti Dhal and Laxmi Koirala, who make it all possible.

The internal fitting of the building has commenced and courses will begin in the new centre in late October. The new Didi Vocational Centre has been officially registered and this will now entitle us to undertake government funded certificate courses. The official opening will be held on 25th April 2019.

Stay tuned for Stage 2 when we take the next step forward and construct the top floor and will need to raise another AUD $30,000.

We are so honoured to have such wonderful and dedicated supporters who believe in THE DIDI FOUNDATION.