Some of you may have read the ‘About’ section on our site…the story behind the story. We told you about Urmila Prasad, our amazing in-country Co-ordinator, who has been volunteering (we are all volunteers) with A Girl&Her World since the beginning. Urmila has a long history of helping people lift themselves out of poverty, drawing on all the resources at her disposal to help others start micro businesses or get on a list for a kit home to be built for them. If there’s need, she’ll be there trying to figure out how to meet it, usually at her own cost and while she has her own challenges and no set income.
We have been supporting Urmila’s lovely daughter Kajul to go to school and in turn, Urmila has been happy to figure out the logistics of all our girls’ uniforms, shoes, bags, books and fees. We literally couldn’t do what we do in Fiji without her. We have always covered her travel costs but we are at the stage now where we want to provide her with a 1 day/week allowance as a start.
The average wage in Fiji is around FJ$10/day but we have decided to give Urmila FJ$20/day, which is about AU$12.50. In our opinion she is worth her weight in gold! But given that we deal in cash, we want to look after her and set her up to be able to create her own poverty alleviation solutions. Our goal is to have her on full time when we are able. She recently lost the lovely trees you can see in the pic and her veggie garden during the floods. Her house was also significantly damaged.
In our upcoming newsletter we will list some current projects that you may be interested in supporting. If you would like to contribute to supporting Urmila to do the life changing work she does, drop us a line!
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