Welcoming back an old volunteer at the women center
Thabke Dorje from Australia is an old volunteer who came back again to Nepal to do even more volunteering with us. He was heartily welcomed at the Women Centre by the women who are studying there. Thabke was welcomed in a typical Nepali style by receiving a garland and a Khada, a Buddhist prayer shawl. During his first visit he has donated some money to the Women Center in the memory of his mother, Rosemary Bruce. With that money the center has been build, saving a lot of costs in renting spaces here and there. The women from the center were very happy to see him again. It was really a cherishing moment. Now he also brought a donation, which will be used to further develop the center. It will also be used for starting an After School Child Care Center in the same building.
What is the women center?
The women in the center never finished their education. With the help of Volunteer Society Nepal they can go back to school again and receive education. Volunteers and Nepali teachers at the center teach them English, Nepali reading and writing, ICT and math. The women also have yoga classes thrice a week in the morning. With their new education they become smarter, mentally stronger and healthier. They can take better care of their family and are also more independent in running the household. The women can now help their children with their homework, make household budgets and handle finances. Some women might even start their own businesses!
Past experiences and present plans
Thabke was in Nepal for 8 months last year. Back then he was volunteering as English and a Science teacher in a school and also at the Buddhist Monastery in Kapan. He says: “I had a life-changing experience in Nepal”. This experience is caused by the beauty of Nepal, the way of welcoming guests and the hospitality provided by his Nepali host family.
Thabke will now be in Nepal for 3 months. He will also be visiting a Buddhist Monastery in Kopan where he will be meditating and teaching the Buddhist Monks. He says: “I am planning to visit Namobuddha, Chandragiri Hills and Pokhara”. During his time here, he will also set up a scholarship programs for Nepali students, in loving memory of his mother Rosemary Bruce. Volunteer Society Nepal is very grateful for his effort and we hope to see him many times again. For more information about the center, have a look at Women’s group volunteering in Nepal.