We have been preparing for something big here at thisvillage. Something you are not going to want to miss.
thisvillage is hosting our first ever Indian Dinner Event!!
Get ready for an evening of chai, henna, and (of course) delicious, authentic Indian food.
Why are we doing this?
In the state of Telangana, where most people are farmers, almost 90% of households are in debt. Debt is one of the biggest reasons that farmers commit suicide. Currently, Bandanpally is home to 42 widows as a result of farmer suicide. Thought of as cursed, these widows are punished and ostracized by society for no other reason than the death of their husbands.
We want to take this time to focus on the needs of these widows; most of them do not have any source of income. (Read more about all our projects in Bandanpally at http://thisvillage.org/about/)
When and where is the event happening?
On March 26th from 5:30 – 9:30, at the Hub, located at 71 Bank street Ottawa on the 6th floor, Take a peek at our venue here!
P.S (Parking on the Bank street is free after 5:30, or take your pick of lots near by. http://en.parkopedia.ca/parking/71_bank_street/)
You don’t want to miss this event!
As you heard about in our last blog post, we have a big announcement about an upcoming crowd source project. Starting on Monday, November 4th, thisvillage will be doing a StartSomeGood campaign to raise funds for the first three wells in Bandanpally, Andhra Pradesh.
Some of you may know that our bigger plan for thisvillage is to help move an entire community–starting with Bandanpally–out of poverty. One of the approaches we employ toward poverty reduction directly involves the empowerment of girls and women:
thisvillage believes that empowering women and children is key to successful poverty alleviation. Women and children are the hardest hit by poverty and yet their voices are often silent in the development process. We believe that including the voices of women and children helps to make more effective solutions that can create sustainable development.
Today, October 11th, is International Day of the Girl Child (which we’ve talked about before). We ask that you partner with us–both now and later for our upcoming Start Some Good Campaign–in providing clean water for all people in the community of Bandanpally, which most certainly includes Bandanpally’s women and girls.
If you’d like to make a donation, visit our website and do so through PayPal. If you’re not in a financial position to do so, we’d love for you to spread the word about our work; via Twitter, Facebook, word of mouth, or whatever medium of communication you prefer.
— Christie Esau
On Friday, March 15th, we held our first major fundraising event at Orange Art Gallery. The event featured wine and cheese, Somerset Combo–a local jazz trio–a silent auction and a guest address from Joe Gunn, the Executive Director of Citizens for Public Justice.
At the fundraiser, we also officially announced the village our fundraising efforts will be going towards: Bandanpally, which is located in Andhra Pradesh. Stories about the people of Andhra Pradesh, and the projects we’ll be implementing, will be available on our website in the near future.
Sincere thanks to everyone who attended the fundraiser to show their support, and to all those who helped us behind the scenes with event planning and implementation.
A quick note about the Calgary fundraiser: Unfortunately, this event had to be rescheduled, but will still be happening in the near future. Keep your eye on our Facebook page for updates.
— Christie Esau
2013 is an exciting year for thisvillage! Not only are we about to launch our new website (designed by the wonderful Zach Bulick), but we’re also hosting our first major fundraising event on Friday, March 15th at Orange Art Gallery in Ottawa*. The event will feature wine and cheese, live music and a silent auction. 100% of the proceeds from this event will go toward poverty alleviation projects in rural India.
If you would like to purchase tickets to the wine and cheese, you can do so via the following link:
thisvillage Wine and Cheese Fundraiser
One of the biggest reasons to attend the fundraiser (aside from the obvious helping to alleviate poverty) is to join in the official launch of our first village. We’ll feature projects we’ll be fundraising for, and stories about the people those projects will assist. This is the fun part where your contributions start helping real people in need.
Feel free to send us an email at email@example.com if you’d like more information!
* thisvillage will also have an event on Saturday, March 16th in Calgary, Alberta. Details to come! If you’ll be in Alberta in mid-March, plan for a thisvillage event on the 16th!