Trying to design a web site and call out for people to fund me to walk a marathon has been quite a challenge. Again for those of you who know me you will know that I tend to write my sentences back to front and never say something simply if I can say it in a waffly, long winded way – hence the joy of writing a blog ! The trend today in web design is simple clean and clear. So for my foundation site I took this advice and used lots of relevant images (tick), kept text to a minimum (tick) and made my aims clear (hmmm can I tick this one off?).
So I am going to use this blog post for those who want a bit more information on what I will be using the funds for ! If you are reading this then you are part of my audience that prefers a little bit more detail and reflection. If all you want to do is donate to me then go back to this link and hit donate http://www.inspiredescapes.com/fair-connections-foundation
So why walk a marathon to raise funds you may ask why not just ask people to donate ? Well I met Nick Kershaw, the brains behind the Impact Marathon Series (IMS) and think his model is simple and inspiring. I also know many of the organisations the IMS will be supporting such as Global Action Nepal, Shakti Shamuha, Maiti Nepal and many others all of whom are doing some great work in Nepal-more details see here http://www.nepalmarathon.co.uk/impact. Also look at the location ….
Who wouldn’t want to go here?
So given the focus of IMS on education, gender and sanitation it’s a bit of a no brainier that I’d want to be involved. Also as this is the first one, its in Nepal and like Jaqcs, founder of Unite For Nepal UK, I can’t run it but can challenge myself to walk it. The idea was it would make me take some time out to walk to work, to exercise and challenge myself physically – well that was the plan ! Trying to work full time, research and develop my business means the walking to work hasn’t happened as much as I’d like to and now with 4 weeks to go I really need to get some training in !
I’m actually going to Nepal in November for 4 weeks to start to evaluate sanitary pad / menstrual hygiene projects and to continue my research into the impact of educational NGOs in Nepal. So as always my flights are covered and I have covered my teaching duties at LJMU and thought whilst I’m there it would be great to also participate in the Impact Marathon.
Also as the company, Fair Connections, is developing slowly but the demand for the puppets and story sack is growing in Nepal so I need to raise funds so I can continue my work in Nepal. Feedback from the 20 schools I donated to last year is that there is a demand for mor puppets, stories and training as the book and puppets are having a positive impact in the classroom. Walking the marathon and raising funds will enable me to work with these original school as well as new schools this year. Raju from KERE received one set and wants to use them in his cluster of 5 schools, Ramesh is also keen to use them in the schools he works with who have a number of deaf children and Kiran feels they will be well used in schools linked to the Asian Resource Foundation. So funds I raise this year will focus on these schools and I look forward to hearing from others who may be interested in this project.
So what is the money I raise being used for ?
Well 20% of what I raise is going to the IMS fund to support the work that the runners, both international and national, will be doing in and around Kakani supporting locally identified development projects and working with people in the local community. I will blog on this when I’m in Nepal in November.
The rest will be used to provide more teacher training and puppet based story sacks to schools in Nepal. Based on the feedback from the 20 schools that I worked with last December I will be providing more puppets and will be supplying a new book that has been written by Sue Green from Pahar Trust Nepal, about a baby monkey in Chitwan, which focuses on early years. The new characters and story are aimed at smaller children with a key message on being kind and polite. These puppets work well with mine and also have the potential to be used with other books in Nepal and really help teachers to make school lessons interactive and fun. In addition to this I will be talking to the schools and seeing what other resources they need to help them in their work to make schools more child friendly and will use some of the funds raised to meet this need. I know some schools want some sports equipment, others more library books and others maybe some science equipment – so I will listen to what teachers are asking for and support them where I can.
Handing over sacks to teachers in Laspe Phedi 2015 with the support of Global Action Nepal
Schools will also get a follow up visit to gain feedback on the use and impact of the resources they have and ideas for future work can be shared.
The basic message is for every £200 raised a school will receive all of these puppets (see picture below) and the books that support them, which are written in both English and Nepali, as well as a day’s training and support visit as well so I can get feedback from the schools. Plus schools will get some extra resources to support their libraries, science labs or sports activities !
As always I will provide feedback on this work via my web sites, Twitter and Instagram as well on the Fair Connections you tube channel – so if you want to know more please follow me or drop me an email.
If I wear my lungi for the walk will you double your donation ?