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.

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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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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