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!
thisvillage works to address poverty in one village at a time. We focus all of our efforts in the one village in order to build relationships and work as effectively as possible. Once both we and the village feel as though effective poverty reduction tools are in place, we will move on to work with another village.
For those that do not know, the first village that we are working with is a small village in India called Bandanpally.
Located in Andhra Pradesh, India, here is some information on the village of Bandanpally.
— Graeme Esau
Apologies for the (unintentional) blogging hiatus that happened here at thisvillage. Some of us temporarily moved to Zimbabwe, some of us got new jobs, some of us are getting married… a lot has been going on in our personal lives!
That’s not to say, however, that things haven’t been happening with thisvillage. Thanks to our very successful fundraising campaign to build wells, we’re working through the logistics of not only getting wells built, but also doing some other projects in Bandanpally. This is, of course, because we’ve committed to equipping the community of Bandanpally with everything they need to be free from poverty, rather than focusing on only one need.
Keep your eyes on our blog, Facebook page and Twitter for all the developments. And, if you’d like to make a donation to help the community of Bandanpally in India, visit our Donate page.
— Christie Esau
Sincere and exuberant thanks to everyone for making our wells campaign such a big success. The month-long campaign, which wrapped up in the first week of December, will provide the community of Bandanpally with two much-needed water wells. If you’ve been following along with us during the campaign, you already know how big of a deal those wells are.
We at thisvillage, and–most importantly–the people of Bandanpally truly appreciate your generosity. We can’t wait to dig these wells soon.
We’ll be slightly less active in the social media world over the Christmas holidays, but you can expect updates as we get things running on the ground in India. And, if you weren’t able to contribute to the StartSomeGood campaign, please know that you can still donate via our Donate page.
— Christie Esau
PS: For those of you who made donations, your StartSomeGood rewards will be on their way soon enough!