Press Release: CFFN Hosts Successful Fundraiser for Early Childhood Education Initiative

Laughing for Mina FundraiserMay 3, 2012 – Ottawa, Canada: Canada Foundation for Nepal, a non-profit organisation working to bring the light of knowledge to the margins of Nepal society, hosted its first fundraiser on Friday, April 27, 2012 at the Rinag Banquet Hall in Ottawa (SEE: Event details).

Over 110 friends of the organisation came out for the Laughing for Mina event, enjoying an evening of comedy featuring an Indian/Nepali dinner. With tickets, drinks, raffle tickets and donations, the event raised funds, all of which will be used to hire and train teachers for two Community Child Care Centres (4C) in rural Nepal villages.

The evening started with arrivals meeting informally, with appetizers being served and a Just For Laughs Gags reel playing to set the up the laughs that we’re had throughout the evening. A short video highlighting the existing Child Care Community Centre in Madi, Baglung, Nepal was prepared for the event and played between clips (SEE: Video via YouTube)

A welcome message was given by Tineke Casey, CFFN’s Director of the 4C, explaining the need for  and our progress with early childhood education in rural villages. The dinner, whose menu was inspired by both Indian and Nepali dishes, soon followed. The event was emceed by CFFN Treasurer Geeta Thapa.

The comedy show, presented by Absolute Comedy, entertained guests for the second half of the evening. funny man Lamar Williams opened and emceed the comedy portion of the evening. He was followed by John Burton. Closing the show was Pierre Brault, a Canadian comedian known around the world.

Throughout the evening, guests were able to purchase raffle tickets for several prizes, including a 32″ LED television, a $500 Midas auto gift certificate, a $50 Best Buy gift card, Eco products, and a photography journal of Nepal by CFFN’s Ben Wood. The book, entitled Nepal: An Adventure in Photos, along with a variety of local Nepali jewellery and woven goods, were available for purchase.

Raffle prizes were graciously donated for the event by Midas Auto service experts, Auto Reb-ex, Orgema Nicholson of Orgema Nicholson and Associates, Mark Watson of Earth Innovations Inc., and Canada Foundation for Nepal.

About Canada Foundation for Nepal

Canada Foundation for Nepal (CFFN) has been striving to bring the reach of education to the margins of society in Nepal. CFFN has emerged as an organization of creative ideas and endeavours collectively looking to make substantial impacts in early childhood and tertiary education. The first Community Child Care Centre, established by and operated through the 4C initiative, has been recognized by Nepal’s Ministry of Education, which is providing training and a portion of teachers’ salaries. CFFN’s Open University of Nepal initiative has been adopted by NRNA and Nepal’s Ministry of Education. CFFN is also collaborating with Athabasca University to solve the many challenges of establishing a distance learning institution in Nepal.

Through USHA, CFFN has built and continues building a significant amount of knowledge base relevant to Nepal. Its programs have been building leadership, maturity and youth talent for developing increasingly sophisticated educational programs. Most of all, the swiftness and intensity with which other credible organizations are collaborating with CFFN speak for the quality and credibility of CFFN as an organization.

About Community Child Care Centre (4C) Initiative

The 4C program provides institutionalized childcare in rural Nepal where the ability to pay for such services is minimal. As parents take up farm work from dawn to dusk, children as young as 5 or 6 could end up as care givers. The impact in education is that of late enrollments, high dropout rates, and poor school performances.

The 4C initiative is designed to provide early childhood education, freeing older children to pursue their own schooling. CFFN provides operational funds and educational tools for a period of three years, after which the center becomes self-sustaining. We collaborate with villagers to maintain a low child-to-caregiver ratio and build income-generating programs to make the centers self-sustaining.

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