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Philanthropy for Equitable Justice and Peace

by Tewa
Philanthropy for Equitable Justice and Peace
Philanthropy for Equitable Justice and Peace
Philanthropy for Equitable Justice and Peace
Philanthropy for Equitable Justice and Peace
Philanthropy for Equitable Justice and Peace
Philanthropy for Equitable Justice and Peace

The starting months of the year 2020 proved to be a crisis not only to one country but the entire world. The horrid impact of Corona Virus spread across the world and the terror hit Nepal in March soon after it got out of control in India. The nature of the virus confused everyone and left people in Nepal including Tewa unable to continue normalcy of activities as planned within the organization.


Due to Covid-19 and official lockdown for almost 3 months starting from March 23, the day-to-day lives of the people are impacted and affected. The professional working hours and spaces are also affected. Tewa adapted to work remotely, which Tewa had never initiated before.  Our programs were also adversely affected. The pandemic had equally affected our local fundraising. During the crisis and economic upheavals due to lockdown, it was difficult for us to raise funds locally and approach our donors, let be the new potential donors. Tewa has planned and strategize to change the fundraising model. The philanthropy team came up with Peer to Peer Fundraising. The concept is to approach 10 or more potential donors who will be interested in donating a small amount of donation (USD 5). We will also request them to look for other potential donors in their network who will agree to contribute to us even in a smaller portion. This concept is to create a chain of interested donors. By creating a pool of donors who will contribute a smaller amount will lead to collecting a large fund.


Along with this, we have also planned to stay in touch with our regular donors through a  virtual space. As most of the organizations are organizing discussion meetings through a virtual coffee meet-up, we have decided to use the virtual space for a coffee and lunch meet-up with our donors. This would support us in approaching our donors in a more personal way as well as give a sense of priority at this critical hour. These new approaches and strategies are developed and adapted by Tewa to contribute to its fundraising event which would continue to promote local community philanthropy in the people. These strategies will have its own set of pluses and drawbacks. But with minimum donation criteria, we have the hope that we will achieve our goal.

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Tewa is approaching its Silver Jubilee Year in 2020 reaching a major milestone. For the past 25 years, we have been promoting community philanthropy. Community philanthropy or the act of giving is mostly linked to culture and with a religious purpose. But Tewa has tried its best to shift this practice and encouraged people to donate for women and support them. Tewa as a women's fund in Nepal has been trying its best to support women from a different intersection.

As we take a new leap and are stepping in our silver year, we have decided to raise funds on a large scale through our local and international allies. We decided to publish the 4th Edition of Priyajanko Samjhana ra Kadarma (In memory and honor of the beloved ones). The first edition of the similar publication was done in 2000 A.D and named Mahila Ko Samjhana ra Kadarma (In memory and honor of the women) We approach potential donors who are willing to honor their beloved ones and dedicate a page for them. A short message and a picture of the honoree are requested to be published in the book. Each page dedicated to the loved one/s is charged for around 500$. We approached more than 40 individuals who might be interested in this publication. Out of which 18 individuals showed interests and honored 20 individuals who are/ were close to them. Donors honored their parents, children, close friends, grandparents, siblings who were close to them. In total, we raised around 10000 dollars from this publication. 5000 $ will be donated to one of the women's organizations in Nepal while the rest of the amount will be added up to our local fundraising amount.

This is a simple example of how the local fundraising is taking place and people are trusting. The shift had changed in the aspect of giving as well as strengthening the voices of women from the grassroots level. Donations like these, no matter small or large, help us make an impact on women's lives by supporting their agenda. So far, we have supported more than 500 women's organizations through 715 grants.

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Our partners taking out numbers during Raffle.
Our partners taking out numbers during Raffle.

As always on International Volunteer's Day, we appreciate our volunteers for their dedication, time and effort to Tewa. The chief guests for our program were Maggie Shah, Meera Jyoti; both the past presidents, Rama Laxmi Shrestha, Vice President and Priya Shrestha, Donor. This year 10 Awards were presented to our exemplary volunteers who were engaged with Tewa and its program since their volunteering days. Dr Major Amir Thapa Award was presented to Kushal Khadka for his outstanding efforts to support Tewa's Fundraising, Birendra Shrestha Award was received by Sangita Premy for the effort in fundraising events and for pooling together a large number of donors. Likewise, Master Adhyaya Prasad was given to Srijana KC for her outstanding contribution to various events and activities throughout the year. Similarly, Bhai Maya Gurung Award was presented to Sapani Lama for her involvement in our activities related to the conservation and protection of the ecosystem and lastly Tewa's Outstanding Award was received by Shova Shakya for her exceptional performance throughout the year in our event, activities, and coordination. Tewa also presented 5 Appreciation Awards to Tara Bohara, Bishnu Kafle Subedi, Mandira K.C, Neetu Shrestha, and Chandika Amatya for their constant support and contribution in the events and programs of Tewa.
After Award ceremony, our Fundraising Event: Raffle was organized. The opening of Raffle, lottery tickets was conducted at Tewa in presence of Board and General Members, Staff, Volunteers, community people and participants who bought the tickets. For this year's prizes First prize and Third prize were sponsored by our Board Members Janaki Shah and Sheetal Shakya Bajracharya respectively and second prize sponsor was Jai Mata Di Gold Palace, Newroad. First prize was a Gold Earring worth NRs 15,000/-, second prize was Gold pendant worth NRs 10,000/- and third prize was a silver bowl and a spoon. More than 7500 tickets costing 25 per pc was printed and sold. After a lot of excitement and fun, raffle opening got its lucky 23 people who won 18 consolation prizes and rest, first to fifth prizes. Tewa, from the very beginning had always developed the idea of giving from oneself first before asking others. Which is our all the staff, Board and General members are also donors of Tewa.
Maiti Manch Dolakha, Grantee partner, Deepika Thapa from Bajura and Laligurans Saving and Credit received first, second and third prizes respectively. We raised more than NRs 2 lakhs from this event exceeding our target. We would like to thank our supporters in believing the work that we do.



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Fig- Anita Gothe smiling at the camera
Fig- Anita Gothe smiling at the camera

Anita from Bhaktapur had neurological disorder and was also suffering from psychological problem. Twelve years ago when she had a seizure due to epilepsy, she fell down over a heater and burnt the left side of her face. After that,she remained confined within her home, not getting along with others. Since then, anxiety, stress and fear of meeting people started to grow in her. She had epilepsy from her childhood but was only provided with traditional treatment. After a long time, she was taken to hospital for proper treatment. This improved her neurological problem but psychological problem remained the same. She used to knit caps and sweaters but as her condition weakened, she lost her interest in the activities she once used to enjoy and stopped visiting community center in Bhaktapur.

Aapangata Adhikar ka lagi Mahila Samuha, one of the grantee partners of Tewa approached Anita to enroll her into Peer Support Project and was provided 6-months service on counselling and therapy sessions. When Anita first came for the peer support, she had a glossophobia and could not speak during the first few months. Gradually she started to develop her confidence and started communicating with people. After a series of counseling sessions with psychologist and her peers, Anita developed an easiness to talk with people around and rejoined the community based rehabilitation center (CRB) in Bhaktapur. She participated in trainings and other programs run by this center. She was observed very active in group exercise and interacted boldly with trainers. She was also supporting visually impaired participants to move around in a hall. She performed a role play with others and expressed her opinion. Anita has shown shift on positive changes, transforming herself to confident and independent woman.

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Attendees of the Musical Fundraising Event
Attendees of the Musical Fundraising Event

Can you believe it? Fundraising within a fundraising event?

The staff of Tewa organized few fun games and unique ideas to raise funds during their bi-annual fundraising musical event. Tewa organized a Musical Fundraising Event in collaboration with Ek Ek Paila featuring the local band "The Blue Fret", Navneet Aditya Waiba, Vivek Lama and Word Warriors. With the theme, "Music for Health" this fundraising event was organized to enhance the health condition in Nepal through grants and services.

The event was successfully organized in presence of more than 500 people from a diverse background who came to enjoy this tradition with a modern blend of music. Along with music, people also enjoyed food and games. The staff of Tewa came up with the idea to raise funds and have some fun during the event itself. So before the main event started, the guests were involved in different activities. Few of the main attractions of the event were a photo exhibition, photo booth, guess the chocolates and Fish Cup game. All the prizes for the games were sponsored.

Guess the chocolate game was introduced to guests in the entry point where interested can guess the chocolate in the bottle by paying NRs 5/- (USD 0.05). The second game is fish cup where the cups were filled with water and participant had to throw tennis balls in the cup. Out of 15 cups, those who score more than 8 wins exciting gift hampers. To participate in the game, one had to pay NRs 25/- (USD 0.25). The third one is a photo booth. Those interested could pay NRs 50/- (USD 0.50) to click a picture in front of Tewa's checkerboard by using different props. The pictures would be sent to the guests via email. By using simple yet exciting ideas, a small amount of fund was raised through these games.

We successfully raised more than USD 5,000/- from the musical event. Without our volunteers, grantee partners, staff, Board and General Members, and supporters, this event wouldn't have been successful. Their constant support and contribution had always helped us make our events successful and we must say more than 6000 local individual donors to Tewa till date are the pioneers of our success.

A girl trying to score the cups.
A girl trying to score the cups.
Our supporters going through the Photo Exhibition
Our supporters going through the Photo Exhibition
Posing at the camera: Photo Booth
Posing at the camera: Photo Booth
The Blue Fret band performance
The Blue Fret band performance
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Tewa

Location: Lalitpur, Nepal - Nepal
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Urmila Shrestha
Lalitpur, Nepal

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