Dancing to the tune of Teej, for their disadvantaged sisters back in Nepal

Shrijana Sangroula (right) poses with Sunita Pathak (NNA Teej Celebration coordinator) in this poster for Saturday’s Teej event. Photo: Nari Nikunj

1 Aug 2016: Nari Nikunja Australia (NNA), the women’s forum of the Australian chapter of Non-Resident Nepali Association, is organizing a ladies-only Teej programme on August 6. The event will celebrate the auspicious Hindu festival of Haritalika, an annual religious festival when women across Nepal are feted with an explosion of colour, food and music.

According to NNA coordinator Shrijana Sangroula, Saturday’s party is a good opportunity for female members of Sydney’s Nepalese community to both be part of the celebration as well as have the privilege of directly contributing $15 towards Women Empowerment Projects. The actual cost of tickets is $50 per person out of which NNA will sacrifice $15 towards its women empowerment projects in Nepal.

The event will take place at Blouza Hall, 2/157 Blaxcell Street in Granville, Sydney’s western suburb.

Team NNA : Red, the colour that epitomises the Teej festival of Nepal.
Team NNA : Red, the colour that defines the Teej festival of Nepal. Photo: Nari Nikunj

The main objective of the event is to raise funds so that NNA’s ongoing projects (in various parts of Nepal) could be continued as well as promote Nepali culture in Australia, Ms Sangroula further added.

Komal Oli, a globe-trotting singer who has become the face of Nepalese folk music, is a major attraction of this year’s Teej programme. Nepalese women who are now in their twenties and thirties grew up listening to her fun and lively songs, often about love and friendship; some about the singer’s yearning for a husband!

For the past few years, NNA has been combining the auspicious celebration of Teej with certain specific philanthropic missions. For instance, this year the ladies are raising funds to support Nepali women who are mired in severe financial hardship, it is learnt.

As it committed during last year’s Teej festival, NNA is announcing the following outstanding results which became possible only due to the total dedication of its office-bearers and activists:

  1. A preliminary school building in Simjung Village of Gorkha District (epicentre of Nepal earthquake) was completed and handed over to the school management in March. The local children have now finally resumed their normal school life almost a year following the devastating earthquake.
  2. As many as 25 prolapse surgeries were completed in Khotang district for financially disadvantaged women.
  3. Education funds provided to two children for Butterfly Home in Nepal.
  4. Funding provided to Chepang women (extremely disadvantaged indigenous group of Nepal) during last year’s Dashain festival (October 2015), Nepal’s biggest festival.
  5. NNA has singed an MoU with Women Entrepreneurs’ Associations of Nepal (WEAN) for projects aimed at women empowerment in Nepal’s rural areas. To this end, NNA has already provided a fund of NRS 10 lakh (approximately $12,500) to WEAN Nepal. At least 30 women are expected to benefit from this pilot project initially. However, NNA seeks to develop this into a sustainable project in the long run.
  6. NNA has also been assisting women of Nepalese origin here in Australia in their moments of crisis.

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