Supporting Girls and the Future of Nepal – A Roadmap for future generations
Since the devastating Earthquake of 25 April 2015 in Nepal, the world immediately focused on the destruction and the loss of life.
However, in the community, there are ideas; and the Rotary Club of Southbank continues to connect with other Rotary Clubs, Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS), The Rotary Foundation and other like-minded organisations to find opportunities to not only rebuild, but alleviate poverty and work with leaders in the Nepalese community for partnership to create a bright future.
And thanks to the leadership of many Rotarians and other volunteers from across Australia, 2 of our club members were involved in a 15 day volunteering project experience last November in the region of Rasuwa, Nepal along with about 20 other Australian volunteers.
Steven Aquilina and Steven Kidziak, with the rest of the team undertook a range of health, education and building initiatives, formed partnerships with the organisation Days for Girls, organised a sew-athon for making female sanitary pads for girls (supported by other Rotary Clubs, Scouts, Sunday Assembly) and provided further education support for teachers and opened up opportunities for Software and computers to further education, training and vision.
In addition, our close association with the Rotary Club of Huon Valley (Tasmania), the Rotary Club of Kariong Somersby (NSW) and the Rotary Club of Harvey Bay City (QLD) and others, continue to scope out opportunities for the future.
Work is already underway in developing a series of Global and District Grants with support of the Rotary Foundation to not only return to Nepal for future trips, but expand on the work already achieved.
Another key part of our work in education is supporting the Nepalese to learn about our way of life and take back lessons that they will be able to share in their community. And it is with this background that we also recently welcomed one young 15-year-old student from Nepal in Melbourne on her way to our partner club in Tasmania where she will spend the next 5 months learning about our way of life and sharing her experiences.
Pabina is full of life, and a leader in her youth groups in Nepal. She is bubbly and energetic and is sure to bring just as much fun and joy to children in our Australian community as we hope she will also take back with her to Nepal.
The rebuilding process is not over and the relationships that we have formed continue to present opportunities to develop further relief efforts and to initiate a combined effort of a Rotary Foundation Global Grant (or series of grants) for further work.
We continue to work closely with our partners, Nepalese residents in Australia and our newly formed friends both across Australia and Nepal.
Your help in continuing these efforts is always welcome and our two Steven’s look forward to talking to you about their experiences. Please contact us to share your ideas and come along to our one of our regular Tuesday evening meetings where you can add your voice to the conversation.
You too can make a difference.