She has a Dream
Helping women reach beyond where they are to where they dream of being!
2019 NCP Fall Campaign
On visits to our partner communities around the world during mid-2019, two things were clear.
First, the projects for women and girls– from microloans to skills training to scholarships – are going very well. Women are starting businesses, gaining self-esteem and finding strength in working together, and girls are getting educated.
“We are no longer completely dependent on our husbands! And we have found our hidden capacity as women to make something of our lives.” – Mar Mar Win, leader of women’s group, Tha Kan Ngu, Myanmar (second from right)
AND they have bigger dreams! They tell us they want to expand their businesses, have more training and more capacity, further their education, and even plant trees!
“We have a bigger vision for this group, but our capacity is not enough.” – Madera Grace China, member of South Sudanese refugee women’s group that has received NCP support
We raised over $35,000 to make their dreams come true!
Treadle sewing machines: $125 for Congolese women to start businesses and for a tailoring training workshop in Rwanda (at right) (50 or as many as we can provide) FIFTEEN donated, plus trainer's stipend
Tailoring Cooperative membership (for Congolese women to keep them from being heavily taxed by the government): $50 (10 needed) TEN provided
Sewing machines to make sweaters: $425 each for these more sophisticated machines, for use in South Sudan and Rwanda TWO purchased
Microloans: $50 - $500 per woman for Rwandan women's groups, women in the Dry Zone of Myanmar being affected by climate change, and South Sudanese refugee women (as many as we can provide) $7000 raised
Reforestation: women's group in Rwanda with microloan project also wants to plant trees ("We will be famous, as women do not do these things!" they told us)
Queensland Girls' School:
$8,000 - a new 3-room elementary classroom to replace the current stick structure DONE (Royer Family Charitable Foundation)
$12,000 - school bus to transport day students and teachers and for field trips (We bought that bus! Congregations in Northern VA and MO, a dance studio in Harrisonburg, VA and other individuals and groups came through!)
$150 per bed for 3-stack bunk beds, 60 needed (many girls are now sleeping three-to-a-bed) 40 purchased
Finishing school (women in their 20's):
$450 per year for two years for Nyirankumoumukiza Christine, a young mother involved in our microloan project in Rwanda, to attend vocational school DONE (Facebook campaign)
$1300 per year for Reima Gishena of the DR Congo to go to med school for three years DONE
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Who: Rwandan, Batwa (pygmy) and Congolese tailoring course participants
Why: not enough machines for training courses; women want to buy machines to start businesses (repaying over time)
Cost: 50 sewing machines @ $125 per machine, along with $450 for 2 machines to make sweaters. And Congolese women need $50 per woman to join a tailoring cooperative to avoid heavy taxes on small businesses.
“We were considered useless in our society. Now since these projects, nobody is hungry, we have enough clothes, and others see us differently.” – Nyirankumoumukiza Christine, Kabumba, Rwanda
Microloans to further expand their businesses
Who: South Sudanese refugees, women in Myanmar and Malawi struggling against climate change, and Rwandan women’s group
What and why: Woman who previously received small loans to start businesses now want to expand, making it easier to keep their daughters in school and to provide more security for their families, as they are often single mothers – and to overcome climate change impacts
Cost: $50 - $500 per woman
“It was important to me to have this small business. I was no longer alone—you helped me come out of my loneliness. I’m now in the market, but hope to expand.” – member of women’s microloan group, Rwanda
Who: women in Congo and Rwanda
What and why: some women haven’t finished high school, others want to go on to college
$450 per year for two years for Nyirankumoumukiza Christine, a young mother involved in our microloan project in Rwanda, to attend vocational school (DONE - Facebook campaign)
$850 per woman per year for three years for the women at right (Antoinette, Claudine, Furaha) to get a degree to work in the hospitality sector (they will cover $150 of the $1000 tuition themselves)
$1300 per year for Reima Gishena of the DR Congo to go to med school for three years
Who: Queensland Girls’ Boarding School (NCP raised funds to build this school in 2014)
What: classroom, school bus, bunk beds, mosquito nets
Cost: a new 3-room elementary classroom to replace the stick structure at left ($15000); school bus to transport day students and teachers and for field trips ($12000); beds, as many girls are now sleeping three-to-a-bed ($150 per 3-stack bunk beds, 60 needed); mosquito nets @ $6 per net, as the girls cannot afford these and malaria is a constant threat
Who: women’s group in Kabumba and Gisenye, Rwanda, areas of rampant deforestation
What and why: reforestation for food, income and environment
$80 for tools
$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
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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.