With just 11 weeks to go, anticipation is growing as ‘Project Help India’ prepares for the annual SHINE Conference in April. Our conference aims to educate and empower women and in doing so, raise a new generation of women whose dignity, individual strengths, talents and purpose will create a strong, happy and healthy India.
We held our first conference in 2018 with close to 500 women attending and due to its success, this year we expect 850 women, who over two days will be joining us for SHINE19. For the past 12 months, many women have not stopped talking about SHINE 18 – which was nothing like any had ever experienced before. They simply can’t wait to do it all again. The word is out about SHINE19 and the excitement is building.
Gender equality is an important priority for the Indian government. Many schemes have been launched to ensure that women, across all spheres of the society, have equal access to education and resources, that they are valued, treated with dignity and are equipped to contribute to their families and community. Project Help India is working hard to promote women’s equality in Kotdwara and Bijnor through access to education, training, parent programs, social work, and of course through SHINE Conference.
Our SHINE19 venue has been secured, and preparations are in full swing. Buses have been booked to transport women from a number of towns, villages and slum communities. Registration for delegates is also underway, and while the conference is free to attend, 'Project Help India' covers all costs.
At this point in time we anticipate that SHINE19 will cost approximately $8500 (AUS) in total - that’s $10 per delegate. We would be delighted if you could sponsor some delegates. For every woman who attends, there will be a powerful story of the impact of SHINE19 extending to her children, her family and community – not to mention providing her with the experience of being blessed, pampered, enjoying a delicious meal, having a day of fun, dancing and celebrating with the girls. The memories are sure to last a lifetime. Through this, your story will connect with her story.
We need your help to make this possible. Please consider making a special one-off donation. It’s easy to calculate @$10 per delegate.
$50 = 5 women $100 = 10 women $250 = 25 women $1000 = 100 women
BSB: 062 230 (Commonwealth Bank Randwick)
Account: 1134 1909
Account Name: Project Help India
OR donate directly at www.projecthelpindia.co
If you care to read on, here is the story of Soniya and her mum, whose lives and family circumstances have already been impacted by ‘Project Help India’. Wonderful stories like this are only possible because of the generosity of our Australian supporters. Soniya and her mother, Kanti Devi, will be attending SHINE19.
Soniya’s story - A family in poverty changed and empowered through education
Soniya is a student in our city center. Today we visit in her house. There we met her mother. She said, my name is Kanti Devi. My husband is a daily wage labor. We are very thankful to the Project Help that they enroll my daughter to the computer class and tuition class. One day Soniya told me that she want to learn computer but my husband denied this because My husband thought that girls will marry and go away to another house. All the money we spent in sending her to computer center will only benefit an outside family. I was hopeless because I could’nt help my Soniya. Then a Project Help teacher, Naomi madam came to survey at our area there she talk to me and told me about PROJECT HELP. She helped my daughter. Now my daughter runs the computer. I feel so proud. I always said to my husband that it’s the girl who will take care of their family. Soniya said, if I study, my family will not be poor anymore.
Thank you x
17th February 2019