Yup. Seems it won’t wait. My cup overfloweth and I must have some way of pouring out the passion fueled from the feeling of community and simply giving.
That’s not to say my cup doesn’t overflow on a fairly regular basis. It does. But just recently the leaky tap washer that supplies the elixir in generous quantities had got a bit clogged up!
I don’t need to go into depth (I’ll save that for my therapist), but the process of sending funds online to Nepal recently ended in tears. My issue is with… the bane of my life…computers. 1. Lost funds due to the currency transfer site being hijacked (do they say ‘hacked’ in the computer literate world?). 2. Virus caused my computer to crash, £110 repair and real upset of losing many stored personal photos and documents. Mmm, maybe I should have backed up (notes on a post card….what is ‘backed up’?)
Mission, however, is eventually accomplished. My dear and lovely friend, Samjhana Phuyal is now in receipt of £245 funds for her project…
“Empowerment of Kath Women through Sanitary Pad Making & Awareness Raising on Menstrual Hygiene Practice”
Social Empowerment by Empowering Women (SEEW)
(She is also responsible for directing funds towards schooling of individual young girls from deprived families, and experimenting with the laying on of ‘pink’ buses driven by women, for women, as a stand against the sexual harassment and violence occurring on Kathmandu buses.)
Training the trainers was available just for the one week, and it was a rush to plan an event to raise such an amount. Thank you ladies, we did VERY well. A few were able to join me for a craft evening. Candle dipping, crochet, knitting, singing, dream catcher manifesting, and of course eating and drinking, were all enjoyed. Most enjoyable was the connection of women here, blessed in what we have, with women on the outskirts of Kathmandu, plagued by gender discrimination, ill health and shame surrounding menstruation. Thank you to all those who couldn't make the evening, but donated regardless.