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  MEND News 2010

Gulmi.jpg (18034 bytes) Australian Ambassador visits Hope Centre Gulmi, photopage
Project Partners Chatara Rehabilitation Centre Nepal opens (Word) 
The Vision of VAD Nepal is to ensure equality in every sectors of development so that every disabled people will have access to assistive employment and socialization. Irrespective of their socio-economic status.

Hope Centre Nepal Report 2009 - 2010 (pdf) 
As Chairwoman of Asha Apanga Kendra ( Nepalese for Hope Disability Centre) and a double amputee myself, I am happy to see a growing list of people with disabilities we have been able to help this year with the generous support of many donors around the world

Kashmir Hope Centre News, December 2009 (pdf)
The Hope Disability Centre runs on a small budget. Every rupee is accounted for, and nothing is wasted. Your contribution of time, equipment, or funds will be put to very good use for the
disabled of Kashmir. We welcome your visits to see in person how your contribution is
changing lives for the better. We also welcome long and short
Project Partners Ghana - Voice - Annual Report (pdf)
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to our annual report for 2008. To start with I must salute the staff and more importantly the VSO Volunteer, Kiran Dattani Pitt, who is an Organisational Development Adviser attached to VOLPHIG. Their work has greatly contributed to the achievements and ongoing development of the organization. I would also like  .....
Have a look at these two amazing disabled Chinese dancers (video)
Hope News, Nepal, newsletter May 2009 (pdf)
Here Hope staff take a local jeep on field trip in this remote district near Pokhara & Annapurna. A new vehicle looks old after 2 years use with axles often breaking from loads of 16-20 people plus goods as the jeeps drive along riverbeds and up steep tracks
Triple amputee Kamala Shrestha from Nepal is about to launch her first music CD.  MEND has been one of her sponsors and supporters for 5 years! Isn't she beautiful??  
Click for a sample of her music.

Click on Kamala's image to order her CD from the shop

Ex Secretary Peter Baker in Bay of Plenty Times - Great article
In The News - Hope Disability Centre Kashmir - Although Hope Center Kashmir, which MEND supports, did not win the BBC World Challenge in 2008 , just being one of the finalists has brought additional visibility to the Centre  Better World India recently published a story on the two BBC finalists from India.
And here is the main World Challenge site
This is the sixth year of The World Challenge Competition and our 12 finalists again raise the bar for sustainable enterprises that are putting something back into their communities. They are all boosting livelihoods and improving living standards without wrecking the environment. Showcasing finalists from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas, this series promises to deliver inspiration while challenging viewers to select just one as their favourite to win the ..
In The News - The BBC World Challenge has selected one of MENDs partners, SheHope in Kasmir  as a finalist in the 2008 World Challenge competition - out of over 700 entries!!  Click on link for the Video.

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