The Samsung tablets our 2015 volunteers took to the villages were meant for the women to learn technology… but in they also made great sitters while the 2016 volunteers taught the women knitting skills!
We send a warm Thank You to Dutch poet and author Lisa Naus for this beautiful poem inspired by the work that Bridges Between is doing in rural Nepal. Happy holidays Lisa from everyone at Bridges Between!
TO ALL THE WOMEN
Hey, you, strange lady on the street
what lies behind your smile
tell me your story
and I’ll tell you mine.
The words and feelings we share
make life a lot easier to bare
no matter our home, our colour, our religion
in our hearts we keep the same intention.
Seeking for happiness
we cross the world, see its beauty
that makes us, women, one big family.
Hey, you, sister on the street
you’re beautiful, you’re great
for a new friendship it’s never too late!
~ Lisa Naus
Agricultural life-ways are often romanticized in films but the reality is that it is an unstable, backbreaking and tedious existence. Just ask Bridges Between trip volunteers who have spend just a few hours in the tending the fields and woke the next morning with aching muscles!
In rural Nepal, where growing food is an everyday, all day process, how can a village household earn the few dollars a year required to hire oxen to plow the fields or electricity for the home?
The foundation for sustainable development is EDUCATION!
Development Facts: In underdeveloped nations, every additional year of education can increase a women’s future income by 20%. When women and girls receive income they reinvest 90% into their families!
Now that is a great investment!
“No matter how you measure it, women and girls bear the brunt of poverty. But it is clear that women are also our greatest hope for ending it.”
Please consider supporting women’s education in rural Nepal by making a contribution or volunteering at one of our schools in the Solohkumbu. @bridgesbetween
Bridges Between supports women in maintaining these traditions by providing a place for mothers and children to spend time together in our evening classrooms. Please consider supporting this mission by making a contribution.
With this International Day of the Girl Child, Bridges Between supports girls by supporting women’s education. Mothers who understand the links between education and livelihood fight for their daughter’s rights to equal education in the rural areas of Nepal.
Bridges Between is sponsoring the first ever Teacher Training in the Taksindu, Solukhumbu, Region of Nepal! Trainers Sarala and Mahanta will spend four days leading workshops for ten women identified as leaders in their communities. Training will focus on the importance of women’s education, cultural preservation and addressing the links between education and livelihood. Please donate to support this effort!