NEPAL EARTHQUAKE RELIEF FUND
Kathmandu has been hit with a 7.8 earthquake with a death toll of 1500+ and rising. We have reached Sudip and some members of our team and are trying to make sure all the women and their families and homes are safe. For the next 15 days all donations will go to earthquake relief for those in our circle. We will reassess after that. After immediate needs are met, we will continue with the launch of our training center!
We are over halfway there. We have $5000 and we WILL send $10,000 to Nepal on Monday! Keep the small $10, $25, $50, $100 donations coming. They are adding up to something big!
TRAINING CENTER PROJECT
We are so excited for you to join us in providing anotehr great opportunity for women in Nepal! Life in Nepal for single women and widows is tough. Together, we are supporting 25 of them, each year, as they gain tools to care for themselves and their children. The Red Sari is building a skills training and learning center for single women and their children in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal.
Please partner with us and support our campaign to provide support for these families in Nepal! Our target date for the Center opening is March 2016. We want to list YOUR name on the donor wall!
Who are we? The Red Sari has been working with a women’s group of felt making artisans in Nepal for over 5 years, making beautiful designs for the global marketplace and creating and sustaining jobs in Nepal. Currently, we are able to support 30 jobs. However, we continue to see a need to support single mothers who do not yet have the skills or literacy needed to do the work and support their families.
What is the need? For the women in this small South Asian country, jobs represent more than income – working liberates them from lives of isolation, builds confidence, and bestows status within their families and communities. Nepal is still recovering from the impact of a 10 year civil war which left many young women widowed or abandoned. It their culture, widows or previously married women are almost never allowed to remarry, leaving them especially vulnerable, both socially and economically. To learn more about this part of Nepal’s culture, read http://theredsari.com/about-us/the-red-sari-name/.
How will this Center create change for women in Nepal? Our center will provide a safe place for women to gather, learn handicraft skills such as sewing, weaving and felting, and gain basic literacy, bookkeeping and management training. Children will have a place to play and learn while their mothers are learning their skills or producing craft for the global marketplace. After one year, the sale of the women’s crafts (through existing Red Sari networks) will provide funds for sustainability of the Center. ALL profits resulting from goods made at the Red Sari Center will return back to the Center’s account.
What is the need? For the women in this small South Asian country, jobs represent more than income – working liberates them from lives of isolation, builds confidence, and bestows status within their families and communities. Nepal is still recovering from the impact of a 10 year civil war which left many young women widowed or abandoned. It their culture, widows or previously married women are almost never allowed to remarry, leaving them especially vulnerable, both socially and economically. To learn more about this part of Nepal’s culture, read here.
What is our budget?
Phase I – Bricks and mortar costs
$45,000 for the land, building, and furniture. We will also dig a well to provide fresh and safe water, and putting up solar panels. Nepal still has 2-14 hours of power blackouts per day, depending on the season, and these panels will provide electricity to our learning center during these blackouts.
Phase II – Training and first year salaries
$25,000 for first year assistance for 25 women until the production of sellable goods (for sustainability) is secured.
$10, 000 for salaries of the 5 part-time instructors who will teach craft, literacy and bookkeeping skills.
$5000 for sewing machines, tables and other equipment needed for production.
$5000 for start-up materials (felt, fabric, felting needles, yarn, etc.).
The Center will have lodging for 8 people so that foreign designers, visitors will have a place to stay during a visit in Nepal. This lodging will also provide single women and children in transition a safe place to live until more permanent housing is located. Guests will pay a small lodging fee that sustains the facility.
Who will manage the project and the Center? In a country with a high rate of corruption, it is normal to have concerns about the transparency and accountability of any project. The day-to-day building of the Center will be overseen by our team in Nepal. We have been working with Sudip Lama for over 7 years in Nepal and he has demonstrated complete trustworthiness with Red Sari business and financial matters. The budgetary oversight is handled by the US-based board and members of Red Sari. Monthly progress reports and accounting will be provided to all donors through our website and by email upon request.
What does the donor receive? Besides a heart filled with joy, each donor receives a gift from The Red Sari, their name, in both English and Nepali script, on the wall of the Center, a thank you note from the Center’s staff, and an open invitation to visit the Center after the opening.
$25 donation – a Red Sari coin purse.
$100 donation – a Red Sari holiday item or small Mithila art painting.
$250 donation – a Red Sari vintage sari scarf.
$500 donation – four seasons of Red Sari scarves or a large framed Mithila art painting.
$1000 donation – *free lodging during guided 10 day trip to Nepal with Red Sari Travels.
$5000 donation- *excluding airfare, all expense paid 10 day trip to Nepal with Red Sari Travels.
$10,000 donation – *all airfare, meals, lodging, local transportation and fees for 10 day trip to Nepal with Red Sari Travels.
*Some restrictions will apply.
What is the measure of our success? Together, we will know success when the Center is self-sufficent and sustainable and totally managed by the women of the Center. The women will demonstrate competency in handicraft skills, product design and development, bookeeping, financial management and all aspects of their own business. This project provides the startup infrastructure and support needed while they obtain these v