TWO mothers from Whitstable have set up a fundraising initiative to improve the living conditions of children in Bhutan. Emma Slade, 48, of Clare Road, and Adrienne Shaw, 42, of Reservoir Rd, have set out to help provide supplies to desperately poor young monks, with an average age of 13, from disadvantaged backgrounds in rural Bhutan. The pair then intends to spread the initiative to more areas and children in Bhutan. Ms Slade said:
“Bhutan is the last remaining independent Himalayan kingdom and parts of it remain extremely poor. The country has not got the safety net of a social support system such as we luckily have here in England so there are few paths out of poverty. As mums, Adrienne and I wanted to help, so we decided to set up this initiative as Bhutan has significant poverty but can be rather ‘off the grid’ in terms of fundraising help.”
The duo is focusing on a village named Meritsemo in South West Bhutan. Ms Slade said:
“Our first objective is to ensure children have a mattress to sleep on, sufficient bedding, shoes and a jacket due to the cold weather in winter. After that we are going to repair and build sanitary facilities such as toilets and cold water showers.”
The duo has also set up: openingyourhearttobhutan.com.
Herne Bay Times, April 22nd 2015