Here at BEAM, we love all things charitable and spreading the good feeling around. That’s why this week’s blog is about how to make a difference with your BEAMs. We recently donated a pair of BEAMs to a wonder woman on a mission. This wonder woman was Lily, and she set out to raise money for the charity Street Child via an online auction. We asked Lily to tell us a little more and this is what she had to say when we spoke on Saturday:
“Now almost a year on from the 2015 earthquake, the Nepali’s are far from forgetting the devastation it caused, killing 9, 000 people and injuring and displacing millions more. The small quake that rumbled through Nepal last night is a chilling reminder that although immediate aid is coming to an end, a more sustainable recovery will be a long and laborious process. Tens of thousands of classrooms were consequently destroyed, rendering 2 million students without schools to attend. The longer they’re are no schools for these children, the harder it will for them to return to education and the risks of child trafficking (now a major issue in Nepal) and employment through child labour will intensify. The danger of a ‘lost generation’ in Nepal and the jeopardy of the Nepalese economy is therefore a very real possibility. About a week ago, I moved to Kathmandu to join Street Child’s efforts in reaching out to the thousands of unaccounted children living on the streets. Street Child is the lead education agency in the district Okhaldhunga – a bumpy seven hour journey from the capital, Kathmandu. In Okhaldhunga district, 257 schools out of 331 were badly damaged, affecting approximately 50,000 students. Whilst the Nepal Government has made a long-term commitment to rebuilding destroyed schools, this will be an expensive and complex process that will take many years. In the interim period there is an acute risk to education in Okhaldhunga. I am here as part of their ‘Ambassador Programme’ and will be head of Marketing and Communications. Our small Nepal Street Child currently consists of fellow Ambassador and new buddy Michelle, superwoman boss Ramya and myself. Street Child in Nepal is very much in its early stages, so our work and my role will inevitably vary and develop in all sorts of directions. But in just under a week of me being here, it’s clear there’s a lot to be achieved and I’m looking forward to a productive, albeit challenging, next three months.”
You can follow Lily’s progress and donate to her cause here.
Are you planning something charitable? Wearing BEAMs is a great way of attracting attention and we’ll make sure we help spread the word! We took part in a 5km in our BEAMs back in November and couldn’t believe the response.