Charities We Support:
Her International (formerly IWEN)
At Okanagan Natural Care Centre we are pleased to work within our community. Putting our strong beliefs in health and education into action we make public presentations to service and support groups. Call to ask for more information.
Our international charity of choice is Her International, formerly IWEN.
We are so proud to have been a supporter of IWEN since they began almost a decade ago. A Kelowna based charity, IWEN’s primary focus is to make a difference in the lives of young girls in Nepal. While the name recently changed, the organization’s projects, vision, and mandate did not. Her International is committed to helping marginalized women and girls through education and life skills opportunities. Already they have been instrumental in preventing girls as young as six from being sold into slavery, a long standing cultural practice in that country. Instead these girls are able to stay with their families and, incredibly, be provided with an education.
In many cultures around the world girls are not valued as equals to boys. It is a challenge that we must address on a global scale, for we know that education is a way out of poverty and that by supporting girls and women the whole community benefits.
Okanagan Natural Care Centre and Your Last Diet Centre are pleased to sponsor the Women’s Literacy Program in Nepal.
Her International says “Beginning in October 2017 we will be offering a literacy class, offered in two separate locations (two rural villages in Dang, Nepal) to a total of 63 women. The course will be held 5 days a week for 5 months and will teach many kinds of “literacies”. It will include basic reading and mathematics, it teaches life-skills, and health. There is also a section that teaches how to start one’s own business.”
As is part of Her International’s philosophy, the recipients of this course will be expected to give back to Her International and their community. They will do so by sharing what they have learned with their family and friends. This will be done informally through the women teaching friends and neighbors useful bits of information as they learn it. Formally, at the end of the course, the women will visit other Mother’s Groups to teach a skill or piece of information to another Mother’s Group that has not yet received the literacy training. This produces a multiplier effect; it will not be just the 63 women who take the course who benefit from its instruction, but the knowledge will ripple out throughout the community.
We at Her International are very grateful for your ongoing and enthusiastic support! It is exciting to see each dollar of your donations make a real and tangible difference in Nepal.”
How has literacy affected those who have participated in previous programs? They are now able to read contracts and calculate money. They no longer will be deceived as they were in the past. With education in hygiene their and their family’s health has improved. They now know they have rights. Health, Education and Rights – Her!
To learn more about Her International and their various programs, please visit: HerInternational.org
At Okanagan Natural Care Centre we were pleased to sponsor the production of the book HER the Tharu Woman’s Journey to Freedom. We have a copy in reception if you care to take a look at beautiful photos taken in Nepal and see what has been achieved.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. — Margaret Mead
What can one woman do? To celebrate International Women’s Day, the opportunity exists for 30 girls scholarships. It’s still $25/month for one girl’s scholarship – and you can sign up on the form at HerTimeToThrive.com
What happens when a girl becomes a woman with an education? You can be assured that she will see that her children are educated. She would have the option to attend further education; it will affect her employment ability and her ability to be self-employed. When one woman can read would she help her family, friends and neighbours with their business dealings? The whole community changes.
Once the girls were being educated the mothers asked if they could also get literacy education too. This is what brought about the women’s literacy program! Imagine the confidence and worth that it has brought to these women. It is inspiring to know what a difference we can make in the world, and we invite you to that feeling too.
Mennonite Central Committee
Annually we supply the Mennonite Central Committee with 20 children’s school bags filled with supplies for disaster relief. We also believe in health and supply relief hygiene kits as this is where health starts.
We support local charities including the Gospel Mission, the SPCA , the food bank and others.