Coming from a family led by a single woman, I am one of those people who can confirm the need for an organization that aims to to empower women by engaging them in revenue generating activities using local resources. What's more, this organization targets women in more rural areas, and areas harder to reach - which I am assuming - are places where this women do not get much support from other bigger organizations. Also, the founder of this organization has been in those areas and knows the women's real needs - while some other organizations try to help in some areas that are not really as needed. Lastly, knowing the founder of this organization personally, I can guarantee that the money, help & support that goes to this organization will be fully & only used to advance the lives of disadvantaged women.
Yang-Ward Foundation is a Missouri based Non-Profit organization which seeks to empower single women in rural areas by engaging them in revenue generating activities such as cash crop production, goat-farming, poultry farming and so on. These women are provided with leased land for cash-crop production, seed money and technical support while foundation staff, volunteers and partnered schools provide guidance and support. The income from these proceeds pays workers a generous wage and parts of the proceeds are used for giving scholarships to underprivileged girls. Similarly, Yang-Ward Foundation also donates library books to local schools where thousands of students are benefiting from these generous donations.How Did I know About Yang-Ward Foundation?I got to know about Nepal through Yangmali Sahadev Rai (who was working as my student worker in undergraduate college), Founder and President of Yang-Ward Foundation. Being an American who has never been to any Asian countries, I didn’t know about the situation of single women in Nepal. I got to know that rural Nepal has nearly half a million impoverished single women, many widowed and abandoned during the civil war. These single women and their children become outcasts in their local communities, no longer supported by ex- husband’s families, struggling to survive, and barely able to feed themselves and their children, much less send those children to school. This was something that really touched my heart and I wanted to help.When was the First Time I gave To Yang-Ward Foundation?Yangmali implemented his first project in rural Nepal right after getting his seed funding from the Resolution Project, in partnership with The Clinton Global Initiative. When he came back after spending 2 months implementing the project, I was blown away by their work in that area. Within 9 months, his project was becoming self-sustainable. I was blown away by the transformation of the land before and after his project, and the freshly grown organic vegetables. The hard work and dedication of Yangmali and his team was very clear. I got to know that because of his successful pilot project, people from other parts of the country were requesting him to expand the project. Since he didn’t have money to implement other projects, he ran a online crowd-funding campaign with indiegogo in 2013. That is my first donation to Yang-Ward Foundation because I believed in his work, someone I could entirely trust with my donation as well as I was convinced how my small donation could transform the lives of single women who are the victims of constant discrimination.Now Yang-Ward Foundation has expanded its projects in different parts of Nepal. From cash-crop production to poultry farming and goat farming projects to help single women who were severely affected by disastrous recent earthquakes in Nepal, the work of the Yang-Ward Foundation is highly commendable. The change in the lives of single women in terms of their economic power is amazing. They are making 5 times their previous salary, working 5 hours a day 5 days a week, compared to 10 hours a day, 7 days a week. Now Yang-Ward Foundation is giving away 5 full scholarships to underprivileged girls in rural areas. Because of the change in economic power of these single women, local people’s perceptions about the single women are changing. What This 5000 Prize money would do?A $5,000 prize means one more project for Yang-Ward Foundation in rural Nepal, empowering single women. This project will change the lives of single women. This project seeks to turn these outcasts into valued contributors to their communities by achieving three key goals: 1) engaging these women in revenue generating agricultural activities that give them financial independence so they can feed and house themselves and their children, 2) achieving sustainability in which their activities can continue without added external funding, and 3) making significant contributions to improving education in local schools through donating books, scholarships, and equipment to school libraries and computer labs.
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Yang-Ward Foundation has greatly contributed toward the society. They have also inspired many young people.
Simple concept, perfectly executed. Impressing achievement by organization within short period of its inception.
We often think that it takes a lots of resources to make a difference. But Yang-Ward Foundation and it's work have proven otherwise. Yang-Ward Foundation's mission of empowering single women to gain financial independence, giving scholarships to underprivileged girls are praise-worthy. Keep up the good work.
An absolutely wonderful initiative to give back something to the community. Inspirational. Keep up the good luck.
One of our favourite foundation (Yang-ward Foundation):
During our journey of 3 years at University Of The Winchester, the president of yang-ward foundation Mr. Yangmali Sahadev Rai has supported us and offered us a lot of advice. Not only this is a non profit organisation but it is also a organisation which helps and support people who wants to start their own charity organisation.
I read a news article about this foundation recently on newspaper. I checked their website and their work and I was blown away by what they are doing in rural areas to empower single women.
Keep inspiring many people around the world and keep empowering single women who need help. We all are with you and your work.
Yang-Ward foundation, since its founding has been exemplary in their commitment towards empowering and inspiring people. Their work, specifically towards powering underprivileged women in Nepal, has been a success. Their initiatives are practical and effective for local communities they are in, therefore enabling them to make meaningful impact.
The work Yang-ward Foundation does is splendid. They really have a passion to help the underprivileged to uplift their standard of lifestyle. Yang-ward foundation has had a history of doing work with perfection and I am sure they will continue to impact the lives of many people in the years to come.
Amazing work done by Yang ward foundation in the remote villages of Nepal. It has transformed the lives of single women by making them economically strong and as a consequence made them socially visible, boosted their confidence to participate in communal activities, and more importantly have made them able to invest in their children's future by being to provide proper nutrition and education.
An incredible journey for women of the hills of Nepal. Salute to Yang dai for his work.