UPDATE: THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO GAVE SO GENEROUSLY. WE MADE IT TO THE PEAK OF MT KOSCIUSZKO AND, IMPORTANTLY, WE MET OUR FUNDRAISING TARGET AND SOME MORE. WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WTIH INDIGO FOUNDATION THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO SUPPORT THEIR COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS THAT SUPPORT AND EMPOWER WOMEN AND GIRLS.
The indigo indefatigables (this year Ben, Ian, Robin, Matt, Karin and Allan) are again doing a little ride from sea level (Nowra this year) the top of Mt Kosciuszko, via Canberra. Details here
While we test our legs, we'll also be raising funds for indigo foundation's partnerships that support getting more girls into school - and better quality of education once they get there - in some of the most marginalised communities around the world.
Can you help us raise $5498? That means we'll raise one dollar for every vertical metre we climb. And believe us, we'll feel (and be grateful for) every one of those metres and dollars.
Education for girls
We think that improving access to education for girls is a ladder out of poverty - not just for those girls, but for whole communities. And we love the work that indigo foundation does with grassroots partners around the world.
In Afghanistan, indigo foundation has been working with local communities in Borjegai and Jirghai for over ten years to build schools, train teachers (including female teachers) and improve school infrastructure - including making sure that schools have separate male and female toilets, which is a key barrier to girls going to school.
In Eastern Indonesia, indigo foundation partners with a women's empowerment organisation, PEKKA, to provide bursaries to 42 girls and young women from female-headed households as well as supporting women who have dropped out of school to return to school to complete their final exams.
And in India, indigo foundation supports 370 highly marginalised students (boys and girls) across a network of 15 after school tuition centres in Tamil Nadu in India to stay in school. The majority of these students are from Dalit and Adivasi communities (formerly known as ‘Untouchables’ and ‘Tribals’) and have to work hard to escape the cycle of extreme poverty, violence and discrimination.
What will your donation mean in these communities?
- $59 will support tutoring for one young woman who dropped out of school early in Eastern Indonesia to undertake a bridging course so she can finally graduate from High School.
- $85 will support one community-based after-school education centre for one month, including tutor salaries and education materials for children. Children attend five days a week and receive the vital support they need to stay in school to year 10 and beyond.
- $510 will fund six truckloads of stone to build a new school building and separate male and female toilets in Jirghai.
indigo foundation is a great little Australia-based organisation. They are innovative and independent. They partner with grassroots organisations in some of the most marginalised communities around the world. And they support those organisations to define and implement their development goals – be that getting children into school and training teachers, empowering girls and women or supporting cooperative garden initiatives to improve food security. Over time they have built a reputation for delivering exceptional, cost-effective and transformative results.
BillBerry Bluestocking Fund
The Billberry Bluestocking Fund is a Canberra-based fund dedicated to the UN Millennium Development Goal Number 3 – Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women. We have the intention of assisting local civil society organisations that are working to develop leadership amongst girls and young women. Our name comes from the Blue Stockings Society, an informal organisation dedicated to women’s education in mid-18th century England, and Bill and Berry, who were the nicknames of two young Girl Guide leaders who rode 8,000 kilometres around Europe in the last summer before World War Two began.
This is the 4th annual bike ride we have organised.
You can find out more information here (www.indigofoundation.org). Donations to this appeal are tax deductible for Australian tax payers.