A Place of Their Own
Helping people find the place they need to thrive!
2020 NCP Fall Campaign - Mission: Accomplished!
From farmland for Batwa women, to hostels and a roadside stand for Malawian schoolgirls and women, to peacebuilding and tukuls in South Sudan, to cash crops for trafficking survivors in Nepal, our partners are asking for our help! And we came through, raising over $43,000 to help these women and girls find the place they need to thrive!
Land is Life
The Batwa (pygmy) in western Rwanda have struggled with marginalization for generations,
stigmatized for their stature, culture and race. Then things got worse - they were driven
from their forest homes to urban settlements to make way for agriculture and parks.
They now survive by day labor and cross border trading with nearby Congo, both mostly
carried on by women, as men are often given to drinking. They have no land of their own
to grow food to eat or sell. Too poor to have a lunch to take to school, often children come
home at noon and go out begging.
Photo: to once again have land of their of their own is a reason to dance: even in their
new potato field! (do the Mashed Potato??)
Goal: to purchase 3 hectares (about 7.5 acres). It would be owned and worked cooperatively
by 30 women
Cost: $7500 every $1 buys about a square yard of land
Donations so far: $7500!
Homes away from home
High school girls in NCP's partner areas in rural Malawi have to travel a distance to get to school, as most
communities do not have a high school. NCP’s A Girl and a Bike program helps get them to the nearest
one 7 miles away, but other better schools are much farther than that. These are typically boarding
schools, but the girls can't afford to stay there, so they rent a room nearby – often small,
squalid, and not always a safe place to be.
Goal: Our partner can now build hostels at two particularly good high schools, Utale Secondary school
and Christian Liebeck Secondary school. Utale is in Balaka, more than 35 miles away, and Christian Liebeck
is 60 miles away in Blantyreas. The hostels would be built nearby or on the grounds of the schools at a
cost of $9000 each. This includes a detached toilet for each.
Photos: hostels and toilets have been built!
Cost: $9000 for Utale ($7000 hostel $2000 toilet)
Donations so far: $9000 (yes!)
Cost: $9000 for Christian Liebeck ($7000 hostel $2000 toilet)
Donations so far: $9000 (yes!)
Helping survivors survive
Making a fresh start as a formerly trafficked woman in Nepal is tough enough in normal times, given
the physical, psychological and social challenges. Add in a pandemic, and things just got tougher. Our
partner Shakti Samuha wants to help women in the Sindupalchawk district - who are illiterate, but know
how to work the land - to learn to do tunnel gardening to extend the growing season for popular (and
marketable) vegetables such as onions, tomatoes and chilies.
Goal: to train and equip a group of 12 women who would then train others
Donations so far: $1475
Putting women in their place
Many women in South Sudan are illiterate, face cultural biases, and are subject to sexual
violence, which has increased during the COVID pandemic. This project will train women to
participate in peace-building, the role of women in the development process, and in combating
gender-based violence, so they can fully take their place in rebuilding their war-torn country.
Photo: funds have been delivered to the women to help them take their place!
Goal: train 500 women
Donations so far: $1200
Also in South Sudan is a call to assist elderly widows and young mothers who have lost their homes
to flooding due to climate-charged rain events. (A tukul is the traditional circular daub and wattle South
Sudanese house.) The Nile River has topped it banks by 50 feet in some places. Our assistance will go to
Nimule, a town near the border with Uganda, where NCP has been active since 2007, to assist in rebuilding
home on higher ground.
Funds delivered - construction soon to begin
Goal: simple tukuls for 75 women
Cost: $200 per tukul
Donations so far: $13,115
Rural communities in Malawi are dealing with the related issues of climate change, food insecurity and
deforestation. And women are caught in the middle. Climate change is making food production more
challenging, and people depend on agriculture to feed their families and for income. This is leading
people to cut down forests to produce charcoal as a "cash crop". As women often take the lead in
food production, they are very much affected by this reality. NCP is working with the women to
explore more climate-resilient crops and growing techniques, and to plant trees (20,000 this year).
But even if they can grow crops, selling the produce is an issue, as the main road is 15 miles away.
Our partner, Creative Solutions for the Environment, is hoping to build a market stand at the main
road where the women could sell their produce. They would only invite women who are actively
planting trees to take part. So far, there are a number of women who qualify and are anxious to
participate. This would not only benefit the women and their families, but reduce the need to turn to
charcoal as an income source.
Photo: the funds have been delivered and construction begun! (community organizer Natchisali with smiling daughter Happiness)
Cost: $24,930 for land, building and signage ( - $10,000 from NCP's If a Tree Falls... fund) = $14,930 needed
Donations so far: $3225
Help these women and girls have a place of their own! Use the donate tab below, or send a check to NCP,
117 Nature Road, Blue Ridge, VA 24064. Invite your group - club, congregation, class - to join in!
As always, 100 percent of gifts go to the programs themselves - really!
Or send checks to:
117 Nature Road
Blue Ridge, VA 24064
As with all our Special Projects, 100 percent of donations to She has a Dream go to the programs themselves. Our core operations are funded by contributions from our network, honoraria, and grants from congregations, foundations and other groups.