Two years ago, almost 100 Australian women travelled to Nepal. Their aim was to raise enough money to build 250 homes for impoverished, mainly female-headed households. They succeeded. Infact they raised enough money to build over 290 homes for women and their families who are desperately in need. Today, the lives of around 1,000 Nepalis have been totally transformed as a result of the funds raised by these 100 women.
One of the original women Johanne, shares her experience: “I don’t think I will ever get over it. One of the people we built for was a single mum with a little boy. He was very shy and barely spoke to us, but on the last day he stood there at the front of the house holding his arms up with pride. I realised we weren’t just building a house.
He was so happy and so proud. He had a home, somewhere safe. And he had a loving mum. I knew he would be alright. I knew if I could do that for another family I would be straight on a plane.
As well as over 290 houses, 231 homes have been given secure hygienic toilets, 106 tube wells have been installed, 217 community members have been educated on health hygeine and sanitation and 179 families have completed micro-enterprise training and put their new skills to use starting their own snack food.