Pauline Sanderson and Jo Pawley have been good friends for over 40 years and in September 2015 they set up the charity 'In Your Hands' to help raise funds for the people of Nepal after the devastating earthquakes in April and May of that year.
This is the third year of what we plan to be a five year programme but life time commitment. Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world and we believe it could take that long to rebuild many of its communities due to the extent of the earthquake damage. Our focus has been on re-building schools, aiding the development of education through link schools and teaching training as well as the health and well-being of the communities through our women's project.
Regular updates will be posted here and on our Facebook page on how the money raised is being spent so that you are able to see the difference this fund raising and any help that you are able to give is making.
We did not want to just build schools. We want to build communities that are healthy and believe in education. We want the communities to have pride in the schools built for their children and encourage them to embrace the benefits of education. We also want the communities to benefit from the health and well-being opportunities being offered as part of our strategy.
Over these first few years we have been working closely with The Mandala Organisation (TMO). They have been at the coal face organising the building and repairs of our schools. We have learnt so much and are now in contact with more teams and individuals who have offered expertise and support. We have developed partnerships with individuals and organisations and they are part of our strategy moving forward.
For a detailed look at our 2018 strategy please visit our blog page.
To ensure every penny is used to benefit Nepal. Many of our wonderful friends have already donated their skills, experience, time and work for free. We will not spend money on administration, costs or expenses. We are committed to picking up these costs ourselves wherever necessary. These include the costs of any of the trips we make to Nepal for In Your Hands.
PROJECT 1: LONDON ROADSHOW FUND RAISER 2015
Jo and Pauline organised a tremendously successful one week road-trip of motivational talks on the Everestmax Expedition in London together with an on-line auction. Over £20 000 was raised.
PROJECT 2: FUND RAISER TREK IN NEPAL FOR NEPAL
In February 2016 Pauline lead a trek to Tengboche Monastery in the foothills of Mt Everest. The tour also involved visiting two of the IYH School projects. Thanks to Glenmore Lodge for acting as our UK booking agent, a huge benefit! Also to Equator Expeditions for being the ground operator in Nepal and always giving more than we ask for.
PROJECT 3: WONDERFUL EFFORTS FROM INDIVIDUALS & CHARITY PARTNERS
There have been teams and individuals that have raised money through hosting events to sell Nepalese products ( helps Nepal too) as well as sponsored runs and bike rides and asking their companies to match fund. Amazing! We have also partnered with other charities who are now championing specific projects within the IYH strategy such as nutrition, uniforms and building. Please visit our IYH Supporters page to see their stories.
PROJECT 4: LINK SCHOOLS
We have schools that agrees to link to a school project in Nepal and have agreed to fund raise a minimum of £1500. These schools have all raised more than the minimum and will hopefully be linked for life and share so many benefits.
PROJECT 5: UNIFORMS
Every child in the six schools we support now has a school uniform. This is important on several levels. They now have a uniform that means they belong to a unit, they will higher their self esteem and it is about encouraging them to look after their kit and be proud. Life skills are embedded in this strategy.
PROJECT 6: HYGIENE
Shanta, our IYH Manager has toured the schools we support to deliver a hygiene strategy. If children learn to be hygienic, they will miss school less from being ill. Life skill.
PROJECT 7: WOMEN PROJECT
This is a huge project. There is a global drive to enable women. We are part of that. We have partnered with Days for Girls Charity. Please visit our women's project page to see what we are doing and why.
PROJECT 8: RETAIL
Jo is our queen of retail. She organises a delivery of Nepalese products to be sold to fund IYH. She has even got into design. Our wonderful IYH Supporters are key to make this retail fund raising happen. Please visit the page to see how they do it and why.
Over 5000 schools were destroyed and over 16 000 were badly damaged in the earthquake. It is vital that Nepal's children get back to school.
Research has shown that if children are out of school for long periods many fall into child labour, child marriage and sexual exploitation. Out-of-school children are also at greater risk of violence, rape and recruitment into fighting, prostitution, and other life-threatening, often criminal, activities. Many will simply never return to the classroom. So by re-building schools we will also be saving lives!
LINKING SCHOOLS WITH SCHOOLS IN NEPAL
We are already working with several schools in the UK who have committed to fundraise and work with In Your Hands to re-build schools in Nepal. Once the school in Nepal has been re-build the two schools will develop their links with each other for mutual benefit. It creates a fantastic opportunity for each school to learn about the the other as well as the culture, history and geography of the other's country.
The cost of a school will vary due to the size and location but the cost of re-building ranges from between £3,000 and £10,000. If your school would like to learn more about how we are doing this and/ or would like to work with us then we would love to hear from you.</>
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Our Volunteer Program is on hold for now but will be up and running from 2020 so read on and plan ahead!
If you are over 21 years of age and/ or a graduate with a strong interest in teaching ( even if you have no previous experience) and a real desire to make a difference to the lives of these children then we would love to hear from you.
In exceptional circumstances we will consider those under 21 or non graduates. Please contact us if you would like to be considered.
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