Giving Circles

Indianapolis, Indiana and Chibulumba, Zambia Giving Circle AND

https://www.purecharity.com/esther-be-indyzambia

Richmond Virginia and Calcutta (Kolkatta), India Giving Circle

https://www.purecharity.com/esther-be-richmondcalcutta

As Sister Cities, Indianapolis, Indiana and Chibulumba, Zambia will be supportive of each other in various ways, and this is the intention of this Giving Circle.

The first Esther Be gathering was held in Indianapolis, Indiana this past April, and our desire is to gather in Zambia with the 137 HIV+ women of Chibulumba.  We got to the root cause of HIV, the societal stigma of shame on women in the culture. This shame is the reason women do not get tested for HIV until they are either pregnant or on their death bed. Fear, guilt, and shame are orphan-makers.  By encouraging, empowering, and supporting these women to share their stories in Chibulumba our hope is that they become support for their women.

Monies from this Giving Circle will allow Esther Be to:

–  Conduct onsite HIV testing prior to the gathering
–  Purchase land for a Women’s Rising Center in Chibulumba
–  Work with the Zambians to build the Women’s Rising Center
–  Conduct our first Esther Be Gathering in Chibulumba, Zambia in 2017/2018
–  Connect doctor’s, therapists, nurses in Kitwe to Chibulumba for ongoing medical, spiritual, and mental support.
–  Indianapolis Esther Be Gathering 2018
– Provide Gathering Scholarships to women who are not able to pay the ticket price
– On the ground support for Indianapolis and Zambia

AND details for the Giving Circle for Richmond, Virginia and Calcutta, India

The second Esther Be gathering will be held in Richmond, Virginia on Saturday, October 14th and our desire is to gather in India in early 2018 for three city gatherings; Calcutta, Delhi, and the third is to be determined.

By encouraging, empowering, and supporting these women in Virginia and India to share their stories with each other, our hope is that they become a support system for their women.

One of the main goals of this developing/developed partnership is to provide 30 latrines in Jharkhand and Bihar India.  Women and young girls in these two rural areas of India are desperate for a safe area to relieve themselves.  In most poor, rural areas in India, open defecation is still the norm.  But while men squat by the roadside in the the early morning sun, culture dictates that women have to rise before dawn or wait until dark to relive themselves.  Young girls and women of all ages must go into the dark to defecate risking snake or animal attacks, or worse, attacks by men.  Just to go to the bathroom, a pure life necessity.  Their dignity is compromised when they must defecate during daylight hours in the open because they have no bathroom or latrine in which to find privacy.  It is a common sight to see women, especially during the rainy season, squatting by the roadside.

Monies from this Giving Circle will allow Esther Be to:

– Provide funding for 30 latrines in Jharkhand and Bihar |
– Esther Be Gathering | India 2018
– Esther Be Gathering | Richmond 2017
– Provide Gathering Scholarships to women who are not able to pay the ticket price
– On the ground support for Richmond, Virginia and India
– Help support the Y12SR program in Richmond