Weʼve raised £619 to raise funds for smartketi. Rosie Stahl, Lois Crabtree and Juno Stahl will be running the Birmingham Half-Marathon on October 15.
- Birmingham, United Kingdom
- International volunteering
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- Funded on Sunday, 10th December 2017
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Rosie Stahl, Lois Crabtree and Juno Stahl volunteered in a hospital while on their medical elective in a rural village in Nepal, in 2016. While they were there, they spent time at the local school and interacted with the youth of the village. They helped establish the 'smartlibrary' at the local government school and spent time, teaching English to a class of eager children. They taught more traditional English subjects like similes and metaphors, but made it fun and entertaining. On the walls of the 'smartlibrary' still hangs artwork made during their lessons. They also taught the children English songs and games. They made a song book, with lyrics of common English songs, for the children to refer to after they left. The children continue to sing these songs even after Rosie, Lois and Juno left Manthali. Please check out a short video made during their time (https://youtu.be/QCJFXF_bVjE). Please go to minute 2:49.
The establishment of the smartlibrary was funded by smartketi (see below). Rosie, Lois and Juno are running the The Great Birmingham Run: Half-Marathon on October 15, 2017 to raise money support smartketi with its continued projects.
Smartketi (translated 'smart-girl') is a women's cooperative, based in a village in rural Nepal called Manthali. It is a locally run charity where young girls make bracelets that then are sold internationally (in the US, UK and Germany). Many young girls in Manthali do not have a source of income as they grow older. Often, the scant resources that a family may have are used to pursue extra educational support for the males in a particular family. Some people believe that it is not necessary to educate girls beyond a certain level as they end up staying home, rearing children and working in the fields anyway. Smartketi allows these young girls to generate an income. They use this income to pursue higher educational opportunities or open a small business. In addition to giving these smartketis a source of income, proceeds of each sale goes into a fund that supports other community projects. So far, funds have supported the donation of solar lamps to a neighboring village school that lacks electricity, creation of a library at the local government school and support of a new women-run sweater-making business.
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Oct 22, 2017
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Good Luck girls! You’ll smash it! Xxx
Oct 12, 2017
Very impressed by your efforts! Hope it's sunny and dry.xx
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