July 20, 2013
I had the pleasure to help Annie Yu this week with her amazing organization, The Big Mountain Foundation [bigmountainfoundation.org]. With the help of her student friends she gave the middle school students of the villages near Ningbo a fantastic experience. A mixture of excellently prepared lessons and fun activities! Many happy memories.
July 2, 2013
Friday was my last day with the company I have been working with for the past 1.5 years. Finally I am able to devote 100% of my time to IWA. It’s exciting and a little unnerving. So where do we stand after about 5 months? On the club front we have good numbers with over 20 started in 11 countries. Some good projects are being initiated including a project in Guizhou, China to connect 4 girls in a remote village to online resources and help them with English, IT and business studies. A recently formed club in a school in Hong Kong has planned for every level of their school to be involved. Elementary school students will raise money for the project, junior high school students will tutor via the internet and the high school students will manage the activities. What a fantastic model! In India 3 schools have been organizing sessions with their girls to discuss and highlight empowerment issues. Some real momentum is building.
In addition to our club activities we are organizing our first Centre for Female Empowerment Creativity and Leadership programmes this October in Phuket, Thailand and a bespoke programme in Beijing. The quality and experience of the mentors we have recruited really illustrates the desire for involvement in all female empowerment activities.