The Pipal Tree Christmas Appeal 2021 will raise essential funds towards our "Empowering girls in Nepal" programme for 2022. This involves mainly support to the social enterprise "Lily's Leaves" in Kathmandu that provides training and employment to marginalised and disabled young women.
It ran from 10:00 AM, 7 December 2021 to 12:00 PM, 29 December 2021
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1159770)
We are supporting Nepalese girls and young women from two very different backgrounds: 1. Women and girls from Province 2 live in a very patriarchal rural society. They have few options in life and child marriage, gender-based violence and trafficking are rife. They lack citizenship and often don't speak Nepali. These factors combined with a lack of basic education means that they struggle to access training and services. 2. Young deaf women who are stigmatised because of their disability.
We support the social enterprise "Lily's Leaves". This provides residential training alongside a production centre in Kathmandu that serves both groups. The women from south Nepal attend six-month long basic tailoring courses with the option of either returning home at the end with a gifted sewing machine or remaining for six months of advanced tailoring. The deaf women learn silver jewellery manufacture. Ultimately Lily's Leaves will support women's livelihoods derived from forest products.
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