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WELL DONE SIMON!
Charity skydive by Simon on behalf of the Eric charity which helps raise money for children with bowl and bladder problems.
’Our current total money raised is sitting at £4186.24 with still more donations coming in.
What an amazing experience, the free fall was an adrenalin filled highlight but then the peace and tranquility of the descent when the canopy opened, it was the closest thing to flying like a bird.
All for a great charity, helping children with bowl and bladder problems and there families. Thank you to everyone for their donations, help and support in giving back to these children and families and helping to ease and make their lives a little better. Thank you’.
Gershwins Signature Designer & Educator
**News from Nepal**
Update - Wednesday 6th May 2015 - The Dolma Fund have raised over £54,000, all of which will go direct to the Nepalese people and provide them with the care and support they so desperately need. Karmu, and her classmates, are still without their school. Karmu, and many others "board" at the school, so they have also lost their home during term time. Currently, they are at a dedicated camp in the local park, but the Dolma Foundation, who fund the school, are hoping to provide them with more fixed temporary accommodation.
All our loyal guests and followers will be aware of our continued support and sponsorship of a Nepalese student called Karmu. We are shocked and saddened by the news this weekend that Nepal has been hit by a devastating earthquake, and although we have had confirmation today that Karmu is safe, thousands of Nepalese need urgent support and emergency care. We sponsor Karmu through a local charity called the Dolma Development Fund and they have created an online donation scheme to help at this tragic time. If you would care to donate to the Dolma Fund please do so at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/nepalquake or please pop in to the salon where we have our own collection. All proceeds will go direct to where it's needed. If you would like to keep up to date on the Dolma Fund, their students and community projects please follow them on facebook www.facebook.com/dolmafund Thank you.
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Karmu Reaches for the Stars!
Karmu is one of the children we have been able to help, by sponsoring her education and studies in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Karmu had never been to school before and although she was illiterate, within two years she made fantastic progress in her studies - reading and writing English, Nepalese and Tibetan (her mother tongue) and her end of year report was excellent, gaining 78% overall success! Karmu's home is in a village high in the Himalayas, close to the Tibetan border. There are no schools in the region that teach Tibetan culture alongside other studies, so Karmu has to attend school in Kathmundu. But even though it was a two day journey down from the mountains to her new school, Karmu was very excited and quickly made friends. A dream come true.
Through our sponsorship, which started in 2008, she was able to attend school for the first time at the age of nine and in that time has succeeded in many areas of her education. She returns home to her family during the school holidays and stays with friends in Kathmundu for shorter breaks and occasional weekends whenever it is not possible for her to make the long journey home. Both Karmu and her family are delighted with her end of year report and opportunity of an education.
In Karmu's third year of school she really flourished! She loves to sing, listen to music and read. It is through our support that this has been possible. However, our continued support is needed to enable Karmu to continue to attend school and we are grateful for all the donations we receive from our guests during our fundraising events.
If you would like to find out more details about sponsoring Tibetan children by providing an education and helping to keep the Tibetan culture alive, please contact email@example.com
Karmu – Update April 2013
Gershwins has continued to sponsor Karmu’s education for the past 5 years. Karmu first went to school at the age of nine. She attends a boarding school in Kathmundu, a 2 day journey by foot and local transport from her home village in the Himalayas. Being Tibetan and living in Nepal it was important for Karmu to attend a school where Tibetan culture is not only recognised but also practised so that she would retain her Tibetan identity.
Karmu’s village is high in the Himalaya Mountains close to the Tibetan border. Displaced by the Chinese many Tibetans live in Nepal, some of whom live in remote mountain villages where they are free to continue their traditional Tibetan lifestyle. In these areas education is not readily available and many children rely on sponsors.
Through friends who set up the Dolma Development Fund Gershwins chose to sponsor Karmu. Since starting school Karmu learnt quickly and within a year was able to write a letter in English telling of her progress.
Karmu continues to thrive and is enjoying her studies which reflects in her outstanding results. Her Headmaster regularly sends updates and her term report cards which show that she is doing exceedingly well with a special interest in music and science, not to mention languages, of which she speaks three.
Due to the world economics many sponsors have had to pull out and the children live in fear that their much valued education will soon come to a dramatic halt. Gershwins have made a commitment not to let Karmu down and to continue to support her education. We know how much Karmu appreciates being sponsored and Karmu and her family are truly grateful for the oppurtunity of an education.
Gershwins previously supported another student. Urken Lama was able to pass his English exams, which enabled him to earn a living as a guide. He now lives in Canada with his Tibetan wife and 2 children. He continues to support his parents and family back in his home village in the Himalayas.
The Dolma Development Fund does wonderful work helping Tibetan children living in remote villages high in the Himalayas of Nepal. Here at Gershwins, we have supported the charity’s work providing water supplies heated by solar power, health care and education in schools where their Tibetan culture is recognised and accommodated.
Update - February 2015
Karmu continues to thrive! Her recent report card consists of all A's and B's and she is doing particularly well in English, Maths & Science. Gershwins received a letter from Karmu and her headmaster, in which he says of Karmu, "Karmu is doing her best with her studies and is improving very well. She is giving her best and enjoying it along the way. Her parents are proud and happy and they encourage her to do the best whenever they visit. Thank you so much for making these changes possible in Karmu with all your wonderful kind help. It always encourages us to do much better and work harder. We very much appreciate all your continuing love and inspiration for the wonderful future of Karmu. Thank you so much."
African Elephant Sponsorship
In December 2014, Gershwins started our sponsorship of an African Elephant orphan named Ashaka. She is being cared for by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya and here's her story -
The Elephant Keeper team received a call from the Kenya Wildlife Service Manyani Ranger Training Academy bordering Tsavo East National Park on the 3rd of November 2013 about the plight of a tiny elephant calf.
The ranger trainees had heard distressed baby screams throughout the night and as dawn broke they headed in the direction of the cries to investigate further what the problem could be. To their amazement they found a tiny calf stuck in a deep sided drying waterhole, unable to extract herself, with no evidence of elephants remaining in the area. The herd had obviously made the decision to abandon the calf and head to the safety of the Park Boundary well before day break. The Manyani recruits and rangers rescued the calf and kept her in a stable at the training academy while they alerted our team and waited for our Voi Keepers and milk to arrive on site. Sadly despite everyone wanting to try to reunite the calf with her elephant family neither her herd nor any elephants for that matter were located in the area so any possibility of this happening was ruled out.
Angela at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust headquarters was called and a rescue arranged to collect this tiny baby by aircraft to fly her to the Nursery where she could received the intensive care infant babies require. They called her Ashaka, after a watercourse in Tsavo East National Park. She arrived safely in Nairobi and was immediately introduced to the other tiny babies in their care and soon settled into the fold.
Because of their large size, elephants have a huge impact on their environments and are considered a keystone species. Their habit of uprooting trees and undergrowth can transform savannah into grasslands; when they dig for water during drought, they create waterholes that can be used by other animals. They are relied on not only by these animals but by entire ecosystems. Elephants are highly sensitive animals and share the same emotions and cognitive behaviour as humans. They grieve for their lost ones, they feel fear, joy and empathy and are highly praised for their intelligence.
Elephants are in serious decline and from 2012 to 2014, over 100,000 were killed. At that rate, it would lead to their extinction by 2025. Every year tons of ivory is illegally trafficked across the globe fuelling black market trade, notably in China and elsewhere in Asia and funding terrorism worldwide
At the heart of the David Sheldrik Wildlife Trust's conservation activities is the Orphans’ Project, which has achieved world-wide acclaim through its hugely successful elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation program. The Orphans’ Project exists to offer hope for the future of Kenya’s threatened elephant and rhino populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory and horn, and the loss of habitat due to human population pressures and conflict, deforestation and drought.
To date the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has successfully hand-raised over 150 infant elephants and has accomplished its long-term conservation priority by effectively reintegrating orphans back into the wild herds of Tsavo, claiming many healthy wild-born calves from former-orphaned elephants raised in our care.
For more information on the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and their Elephant Fostering Program, please click on the link below