Woman To Woman Sponsorship Appeal From Bolton Business

Friday, 07 January 2011

A Bolton business owner is appealing to women from across the region to help her to transform the lives of people living in a remote village in Nepal.

Sue Hamilton, director of Bolton-based foster care company, modus, has this week launched a fundraising appeal which she hopes will help her to provide a sustainable way of living for women in the Raj-Bas village in the Nyagarche Valley in Nepal.


The brand new 'Woman to Woman' appeal aims to encourage local businesses, community groups and individuals to sponsor a woman from Raj-Bas to be employed doing anything from working in a local school or knitting products to be sold to raise funds for the area, to litter-picking in the village.


Sue explained:  "I wanted to provide a sustainable solution which would really help the fantastic people in this village to help themselves. 


"The 'Woman to Woman' campaign allows them to keep their self respect and helps them learn new skills - both of which are vital when it comes to providing a sustainable and increasingly prosperous environment which benefits local people.


"Businesses or individuals wanting to get involved can choose to sponsor a woman from the village to carry out certain tasks for a period of months or years.  A relatively small amount can make such a difference on the ground and it could be a great way for community groups to pull together to support a worthwhile cause too."


Sue recently returned from visiting the village after modus teamed up with DCWC Nepal, an international charity based in St Anne's on Sea, Lancashire, to help create the modus DCWC Hospital for use by people from across the valley.  modus has also pledged to continue to fund the hospital and to help create a sustainable approach to its operation in coming years.


She said:  "It was amazing to see the hospital finished and ready to serve people in the local community.  There are more than 6,000 people who live in this remote part of Nepal and the hospital is already making a real difference to their lives.


"But when I was in the village I realised that there needs to be a sustainable way to help people in the area to take ownership of the new hospital, and indeed the rest of their village - I think the 'Woman to Woman' sponsorship does just that."


Sue has kicked off the campaign by sponsoring a local woman, Maihili.  Sue will be funding Maihili to take responsibility for the cleaning of the new hospital and money will be paid directly to her family each month.


Sue added:  "It broke my heart to think of the amazing people at the village living in such poverty, and I knew that our business in Bolton could make a real difference.  It's unbelievably humbling and I'm hoping other local people will want to join in the campaign and help to sponsor one of these fantastic people to make a real difference to their lives."


modus is an independent foster agency providing high quality, co-ordinated childcare services for looked-after children and young people. 


The company also runs a small residential children's home, Cross Lee House, which provides a caring environment for up to five young people who require a supporting environment.


To find out more about the 'Woman to Woman' sponsorship or fostering at modus, please call 01204 399 514.


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Notes to editors


  • Modus was set up in 2002 to provide high quality, co-ordinated childcare services for looked-after children and young people
  • Through exceptional training and ongoing support, it helps families to provide environments in which young people can safely achieve their potential
  • Modus provides foster families across the whole of North West England
  • Modus also runs a small residential home in West Yorkshire, Cross Lee House, for up to five children who display varying degrees of emotional and behavioural difficulty