Help the Women of Nepal
On April 25th a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, killing thousands and causing widespread devastation. Another massive quake struck the region May 12 and over 380 aftershocks have followed. Today three million people live in temporary shelters as the torrential monsoon rains arrive. As one of the world’s poorest countries, nearly half of the 28 million people in Nepal live below the poverty line.
Even before the earthquake, women and girls in Nepal faced enormous challenges: low levels of access to education, healthcare, economic, social and political opportunities. According to the National Demographic Health Survey almost a quarter of women aged 15-49 had experience physical violence and 12 per cent experience sexual violence. Traditional practices such as child marriage, bonded labor and exclusion during menstruation have also been prevalent. Since the earthquake conditions have only deteriorated. It is estimated over a quarter of a million female-headed households and over 400,000 girls aged 14 and under have been directly impacted.
UN Women Chicago Chapter, a United Nation’s entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, is partnering with groups on the ground in Nepal to provide “Dignity Kits” to the women and their families. These kits provide vital resources to women in crisis. Each $30 kit includes: 3 reusable sanity napkins, 2 petticoats, a Sari, a comb, toothbrush and toothpaste, laundry soap, a flashlight and batteries, an umbrella, a blouse and 2 pairs of underwear. These simple items will vastly improve the lives of the women and their families, but without external support those in need will be unable to receive them.
Your tax-deductible donation to Give 10 will help assure the women of Nepal receive this vital support and help restore some of their dignity as they work to restore their homes, their lives and their country. To support this project, click on the Donate link above -OR- you can send a donation (checks only, no cash please) to us at Give 10 for 10, P.O. Box 464, Leesburg, VA 20178. Please note in the subject line that you wish to support the Women of Nepal project.
UPDATE: Give 10 for 10 is proud to report that we were able to deliver a $750 check to the US National Committee for UN Women – Chicago, care of John Kovach. Thank you to all of those who so generously supported this campaign.