Lisa’s poverty fight in Chitwan, Nepal
Helping people who live in poverty has been Lisa McKenzie’s dream since she was eight-years-old.
That dream came to fruition when she began the Hope and Joy Ministries Charitiable Trust a year ago. Since then she and her volunteers have helped build homes, construct classrooms and provide disaster relief for people in Nepal.
The Pukekohe woman is organising a trip to Chitwan, Nepal in February to build a school and also hopes to install structures to provide water for Chepang people, who are among Nepal’s poorest. She said by building schools and providing basic necessities for it, the charity can help break the cycle of poverty.
‘‘If we can get them educated, they can get out of poverty and get their families out of poverty. If we can get them to the point where they can grow their own stuff so they aren’t starving, that would be ideal.’’
Water quality is also an issue McKenzie hopes to combat, by installing three water projects, which will make it easier for locals to access filtered water, as well as being able to water crops, so they can grow their own food.
She is asking for donations to help fund the project, to ensure the charity can help as much as possible.
‘‘The total cost of the school build and the three water projects is $20,000. Any surplus will go to other projects.’’
She added the Chepang people are extremely appreciative for any help.
‘‘They are so joyful and appreciative of everything. We have so much nice stuff and if we don’t get something we don’t want, we sort of sulk. We often feel that we are the normal ones, but we are the minority - we live the rich way. A small amount of money can do massive things. $10 would feed a family for a week, and we wouldn’t miss that $10.’’
McKenzie is also asking for people to donate their unused Lego toys, so they can be used as educational tools, and for the younger children to play with.
‘‘Lego is good for all ages from four up and it’s durable - it lasts forever. Over there, rubbish is a problem, so we don’t want to give them cheap things that will break.’’
If you would like to help or donate, contact Lisa on email@example.com. Lewis’ for Fashion on King St is the drop off point for Lego toys.
Lisa McKenzie is organising a trip to Nepal to help break the cycle of poverty.