a few examples of our international volunteers…
BARBARA – (60yrs, from USA) worked with us for 1 month teaching sewing to 5 students. She had worked many years in the sewing industry, and passed on her skills in accurately measuring and cutting fabric, sewing to various patterns – all to a very high standard! She introduced patterns of bags, belts, and potholders to the women. The women are now able to sell these products (made from material hand loomed in the shelter) in the WF shop.
SUSIE – (43 yrs, from Australia) has worked with WF for 2 years now. She was involved in the opening of our retail outlet for our weaving products, while also designing cloth and patterns for the weavers. She also assists with program writing, grant proposals and sources sponsors for our shelter.
CYNTHIA – (48yrs, from USA) has worked with the WF for the past 4 years. She has been involved in a great many projects, right from inception of great ideas (e.g. making the dhaka cloth into clothing to sell in the USA) to completion (taking clothing back to the USA to sell and promote the work of the WF). She has also been instrumental in working with the WF in grant writing, and thinking of the ‘big picture’ with regard to current and future proposals.
SARAH – (30 yrs, from UK) conducted a workshop on dental hygiene for the women and children at the shelter. As a dentist on holiday, sarah put together an interactive, enjoyable day full of information.
MEREDITH & KATE – (both 24 yrs, from USA) worked with the WF for 9 months. Both worked in the office and the organic farm. They were instrumental in the opening of the shop in Kathmandu, which sells the products the WF makes. They also established many programs on the office computer, and made many contacts for the WF internationally. Recently, they worked together in the US to arrange a successful 2-month speaking tour for 2 members of the WF.
SASKIA – (22 yrs, from the Netherlands) worked for 5 months, during which time she developed our web site. She also assisted with editing many of the documents we present to various partner groups and funding agencies.
MIRA – (34 yrs, from UK) worked with us for 3 months, as an English teacher at the office and the shelter. She developed English/Nepali worksheets, and conducted classes for women and children of many different standards. She also arranged for different cultural events to be held at the shelter (such as singing, dancing, cooking from different cultures). Back home in London, she is working on developing a small publication (using all the photos she took whilst here) with the aim of gaining financial sponsors for the women in the shelter.