One dollar a month to change lives, Australian Nepalese women’s group isn’t asking for much

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The smiles that bring smiles to many in need: The ladies behind Narinikunja Australia

A group of Australian Nepalese women committed to helping the less fortunate of their sisters back in Nepal will use this year’s International Women’s Day to launch an undeniable and unique fund-raising programme. To be called ‘Dollar of the Month, it is a project no kind hearts shall decline.

All they are asking for is one dollar from the three thousand dollars that you take home every month. Now, are you stone-hearted enough to deny the sisters a mere dollar?

Narinikunja Australia (NNA), is a platform for women (nari in the Nepalese language) within the Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) Australia. It’s coordinator Srijana Sangroula said in an emailed statement that NNA will formally launch the programme on March 6 amid a gala dinner and interaction programme. International Women’s Day falls on March 8.

A list of donors will be made available online to maintain transparency around the funds so-raised. The group believes that it will be able to collect around $1000 a month in the initial phase which is a modest target given the number of Australians of Nepalese origin, the fastest growing migrant community in Australia. NNA is already carrying out a number of micro projects and the new fund-raising programme aims to complement those ongoing projects as well as creating a pool of funds to enable the organisation to execute additional philanthropic projects in the future.

The NNA is vowing to take the programmes outside the Nepalese diaspora. Sandhya Shah, a member of the forum, told southasia.com.au that the group will come up with programmes to take the Dollar of the Month project to the Australian communities at large. After all, philanthropy does not have to be confined within one group of people, she said.

Established in 2009, the group claims to have assisted well over 200 women from five districts in Nepal. These patients of uterine prolapse were provided free of cost medical services. They also provide sanctuary and financial assistance to victims of unforeseen life events on an ad hoc basis although they seem to have no specific funds earmarked for such activities. The statement further added that the NNA is currently providing scholarship to two students from financially depressed families.

NNA is run by an executive committee made up of 21 officials majority of whom are from Sydney while each state has a representative.

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