Message from chair
Chair’s message –
It’s hard to believe that we are almost at the end of 2020. Most of us will certainly be glad to see the back of this year, but as we look forward to a possible reprieve in early 2021, it is worth taking stock of the positive things that have happened even in the midst of these difficult times.
For PAWA, the success of our campaign to raise additional funds for the projects hit hard by Covid was a definite highlight. We’re grateful to all our supporters for their generous contributions. It’s been heartening to see the courage, resourcefulness and
resilience shown by these projects as they battle the fallout of the pandemic.
On a more prosaic note, an important step forward this year has been our catch up on technology! We successfully hosted our first online event in October and we have another fantastic Zoom event coming up this week. On November 26th, Sajeela Kershi is staging for PAWA her brilliant show Immigrant Diaries, featuring a line up of some very talented and well known guests. You don’t want to miss this!
Finally, please keep us in mind as you do your online gift shopping. Over 4300 shops and sites will donate to PAWA when you buy from them via #easyfundraising, at no cost to you. So do sign up at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/pawa and make your shopping go a little bit further.
A happy festive season to all of you
Chair, PAWA MC
PAWA is thrilled to team up with Sajeela Kershi for a Zoom charity special of her award winning show Immigrant Diaries, featuring Shazia Mirza, Shyama Perera, Shobu Kapoor and Stephanie Van Driesen.
The show has been heralded as a “triuphant and life affirming success”, and “hilarious, heart-warming and truly inspirational” by critics
To mark the International Day of the GIrl, PAWA showcased one of the projects it supports — the Ponheary Ly Foundation in Cambodia, on a Zoom event. Our headline act was an interview with Chamnan, a beneficiary of PAWA funds who came from a small village and who is now sitting her final exams with a view to going on to university. Lori Carlson, President of Ponheary Ly, joined the conversation from Cambodia.
And Cecilia Zhao, influencer and Oxford University graduate, was there to tell us about coming to the UK at a very young age and the opportunities that her education has given her.
You can view the event at https://pawa-london.org/events/past-events/
JMB Educational Fund – St Xavier School, Godavari, Nepal
Schools have been shut in Nepal and all lessons are conducted via radio, video and Zoom, but due to a lack of devices, all students don’t have access to remote learning.
At the beginning of October, JMB invited PAWA to a Zoom meeting to meet the girls it sponsors in years 11 and 12, and one who has completed the first year of a Diploma in Forestry.
Each girl shared what life was like in lockdown and how they are managing in these challenging times. They all contributed to a video sharing photos, songs and dance. This video can be viewed at:http://www.jmbeducationalfund.org.uk/our-work/sponsoring-further-education-students/
Home of Peace, Malaysia
Schools and universities were shut once again in Malaysia. Home of Peace continues to teach online, even incorporating art and music lessons.
“We are able to continue with School with support from PAWA. They very kindly reached out to us at the height of the Pandemic with funds to purchase masks, sanitizers, disinfectants and helped with groceries too. The masks, sanitizers and disinfectants were never budgeted for and PAWA’s thoughtful generosity covered that emergency!
Funding has been another area of concern and still is. This is not an issue faced only by Home of Peace, we can easily say that so many are faced with the same challenge. With our children almost at the end of School Term 2020, we have to make arrangements with teachers for 2021 especially for teachers we have to pay. We were getting worried and anxious as we must help our children to continue with their education. Once again PAWA reached out to us. Our deepest gratitude and appreciation to PAWA for helping us cover the cost of two Bahasa Malaysia teachers for 2021 .Terima Kasih!”
The multi-talented Stephanie Van Driesen (catch her on Immigrant Diaries) has teamed up with other artists for this musical medley celebrating Black History Month. It was jointly produced by Stephanie and Sean M. Dale and features songs from ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’’, ‘Hairspray’, ‘Big River’, ‘The Wiz’, ‘The Lion King’, ‘The Colour Purple’ and ‘Dreamgirls’.
Watch it on https://youtu.be/QHReXo5aS9E