A Place of Their Own

Helping people find the place they need to thrive!

2020 NCP Fall Campaign

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! Pick a cause and pitch in!

- Donate below or send to VA address -

As always, 100 percent of donations go to the programs - really!

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. 

 

To once again have land of their of their own would be a reason to dance: food to eat and

to sell, and a boon to their children’s education!

 

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: $3930

 

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 would like to 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.

 

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: $5880

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 la3d - to learn to do tunnel gardening to extend the growing season for popular (and

marketable) vegetables such as onions, tomatoes ad chilies.

Goal: to train and equip a group of 12 women who would then train others

​Cost: $4904

Donations so far: $350

 

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.   

 

Goal: train 500 women

​Cost: $3500

Donations so far: $850

Toppled tukuls

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.

 

Goal: simple tukuls for 75 women

​Cost: $200 per tukul

Donations so far: $10,820

Roadside Stand

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: 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: $945

 

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!

Reforestation

Who: women’s group in Kabumba and Gisenye, Rwanda, areas of rampant deforestation

What and why: reforestation for food, income and environment

Cost:

$80 for tools

$200 fencing

$120 for seeds

$450 to rent land (two year lease)

 

“Trees provide good air, they sustain our lives, and bring joy. Poverty has pushed people to cut trees for firewood and charcoal. We want to plant trees to improve our community. Women do not do these things—it will be a surprise – we will impress the authorities and society.” - Nyiramahirwe Antoinette, Gisenye, Rwanda

Or send checks to:

NCP

 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.

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David Radcliff - Director

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Starksboro, VT Sustainable Living Center

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