After spending two years raising money for Angel’s Orphanage in Nepal and learning all about the deprivation and poverty that drives many Nepalese mothers to have to abandon their children, Rosa Matheson from Highworth was determined to help women in that part of the world become more empowered and financially stable.
She said, “I met a Swedish woman called Inka Trollsas from Himalayan Adventure Girls, a charity which trains young Nepale women to find employment as guides and instructors for outdoor activities such as kayaking. After our conversation I had a light bulb moment – to get women in the UK to pull together to help Nepalese women by writing a book about their own lives. The 100 Women Book Project was born.”
True to the title, Rosa received contributions from 100 women between the ages of 18 and 95 from across the UK and from all walks of life, each reflecting on a day in their own life.
Proceeds from the book sales will go towards three different charities dedicated to improve the lives of Nepalese women: Himalayan Adventure Girls, NGO Maiti Nepal, which protects women and girls from sex trafficking and prostitution, and the Rotary Club of the Himalayan Gurkhas’ micro-finance project, providing approximately £60 each to women to establish their own kitchen gardens, livestock produce or small shop.
“There are about 600 orphanages in Kathmandu alone. I’m hoping that together we can keep women and their children together so that the orphanages aren’t so full and there are fewer children sleeping in plastic bags on the streets,” said Rosa.
Copies of the book are available to buy at £9.99 by contacting Rosa: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01793 764979
Above, Kate Parsons, right, who designed and laid out the book, with Rosa Matheson. Below, some of the contributors at the book launch in Swindon Central Library on 6 December