UPDATES FROM OUR PROJECTS
Ponheary Ly, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Year 10 and 11 girls staying in the dormitories funded by PAWA have gone home. They will probably have to repeat the year. Year 12 girls are staying under quarantine and taking online classes. The northern region, home to all the girls, is also suffering from record high temperatures and a drought, making the situation more dire. Ponheary Ly will be distributing food and hygiene supplies in the girls’ home villages.
Karuna Trust, West Bengal, India
India has been in complete lockdown since March 25th. Nishtha (PAWA’s partner on the ground) team members are in contact with leaders of girls’ groups in the villages by phone. The worry is that sexual violence against women and girls is expected to rise. Funds are being redirected to meet the immediate needs of communities, and Karuna Trust is trying to raise emergency funds
One Sky Foundation, Sangkhlaburi, Thailand
Schools are closed and One Sky is keeping in touch with families by phone. They are identifying high-risk families and are offering additional financial support. If schools remain closed and there is no work for day labourers the resources for food welfare support will be unsustainably stretched.
Care Pakistan, Lahore, Pakistan
Even before the Covid outbreak, Care Pakistan was experiencing problems with the government, with whom they partner in government-run schools. Founding members are putting in their own money to keep schools going, but they are under a great deal of pressure.
Learning for Life, Kishoreganj, Bangladesh
All schools are closed, which includes the PAWA-sponsored Floating Schools. Learning for Life is seeking funds to provide basic hygiene equipment and food rations to help families who have lost their livelihoods.
Hope for Girls, Asha, Dhaka, Bangladesh
There is great concern for many of the girls’ families as most of them are unable to work just now. Hope for Girls is trying to raise some extra funds for food assistance.
Home of Peace, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
There is a Movement Control Order in place till April end and it may be extended further. The girls are still residing there but most of the staff has gone home.
JMB Educational Fund, Godavari, Nepal
Schools are closed, but the Fund continues to support the students through outreach.
Bal Jeevan, Mumbai, India
Mumbai has been the worst hit spot in India, and the lockdown is expected to last a while. Bal Jeevan is seeing to it that all the children are getting sufficient rations each week of rice, pulses, cooking oil and sugar.
PAWA once again had a stand at the WOW (Women of the World) festival at Southbank on March 8th. It was great to celebrate International Women’s Day in the company of so many wonderful female-orientated initiatives. It was quieter this year, but the PAWA stand garnered a lot of attention.
PAWA’s Betty Yao, Ying Cheng, and Mandy Chiu
PAWA’s panel event at the Nehru Centre on March 11 was a great success, despite a lower attendance due to Covid fears. We had four dynamic and accomplished women exploring the topic of “Women in the workplace: is technology a friend or a foe?”. Diana Chan (former CEO of EuroCCP), Lopa Patel (digital entrepreneur), Debbie Widjaja (product manager at WhiteHat), and Nandini Sukumar (CEO of the World Federation of Exchanges) discussed the ways in which technology could be harnessed to improve opportunities for women.
Diana Chan, Lopa Patel, Debbie Widjaja, Nandini Sukumar. & Panellists with PAWA’s Kamalakshi Mehta and Zehan Albakri
Alison Healy’s bid at the PAWA Gala auction won her the opportunity to witness a filming of Saturday Kitchen with food writer and TV chef Ching He Huang,
“We had the most fantastic experience watching the live filming of BBC
Saturday Kitchen. I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Ching He Huang,
Amanda Ross, Matt Tebbutt and the entire crew for making us feel so welcome.”
Alison Healy, her friend Alice Lee, and Ching He Huang