‘The Didi Angels’ – 2018 University Didi Aid team

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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

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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.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST TO ATTEND

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.

Make a difference in Nepal in 2019

Back-to-back Didi Aid Tours

Join the Didi team in Kathmandu 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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Photo: 2018 Didi Aid team at Ramechhap School

Information sessions

Join 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.

sudip-nepalWhere
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.
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST TO ATTEND

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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Rock Trivia Night

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Join the Didi Team for a fabulous night of fun, dancing, rock ‘n roll triva, loads of prizes and great company

Date: Saturday 25th August 2018

Venue: Doyalson Wyee RSL (The Doylo), Pacific Highway Lake Munmorah, NSW 2259

Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start – 10pm

Entertainment:
Rock the night away with the Aimless Missiles  |  Rock n Roll Trivia   |  Coin Slider
Paper Plane competition  |  loads of prizes, raffles, silent auction and lots, lots more

Includes: Light refreshments

Tickets: $25.00 Adult (+30c booking fee) | $15.00 school student (+30c booking fee)

Book tickets at: https://www.trybooking.com/WNVJ

All funds raised will go towards empowering women through vocational education and Bright Future Learning Centre. If you can’t make it on the night, you might consider making a tax deductible donation which will be an immense help

Thanks to our sponsor Doyalson Wyee RSL

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2018 Didi Aid Tour

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An inspiring group of supporters joined me in Kathmandu for our 2018 Didi Aid tour. For 10 days the team walked in my shoes and experienced my Nepalese life and the town I call my second home.

Here is what we got up to:

  • Showcased the new Didi Headquarters building site
  • Visited the historic sites of Kathmandu – Bodhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and the ancient city of Bhaktupur
  • With the children from Bright Future Learning Centre (BFLC) we walked through our town to Didi Headquarters, which was a photo mecca of brightly coloured saris, small vendors selling their wares and open butcher shops.
  • An afternoon at BFLC for our annual birthday party and the distribution of my birthday ‘love letters’
  • Lyn Thorpe handed over PUL Fabric, donated by Days for Girls Newcastle NSW. This fabric is waterproof and is an essential component in the manufacture of sanitary pads.

With the Didi Mobeel loaded up with educational resources, care packages, re-usable sanitary kits and medical equipment, we began the long, arduous and sometimes crazy nail-biting road trip to Ramechhap and Sindhuli. Regardless, this was definitely the most rewarding part of our journey when we delivered aid to highly disadvantaged schools; where a beaming smile on cute little faces made it all worthwhile. The tour finished with a lot of fun and adventure in Chitwan National Park and Pokhara.

Jan Pryor | Founder | The Didi Foundation

Reflections

The Didi Tour was one of my best travel experiences. It was very diverse and covered any traveller’s dream of seeing Nepal in its natural state. It was certainly value for money and we saw places that would not have been available via a tour company. Just loved the children and warm hearted Nepalese.  EXCELLENT adventure and highly recommended for anyone who is looking at making a difference.
Lyn Thorpe OAM
2010 Senior Australian of the Year

Thank you for a wonderful trip. It’s great to see where the Didi Foundation support goes to and to get a real appreciation of the need for it on the ground in Nepal. I was happy to meet with the Didi Nepal team, Sudip and Deepak, who do so much good work to empower women in Nepal. Also, it was good to meet some interesting and caring fellow travellers. Hope to catch up with some of you in the future.
Cheers, Vik

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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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

Visit our Building Appeal page

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.

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