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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Holiday Thanks

An Egyptian routine
This holiday season, WELNepal has a lot to be thankful for. Two festive occasions — Halloween and the quickly approaching Christmas — have been especially good to us.

Gorgeous fan dance
On the weekend before Halloween, the talented and beautiful ladies of the BellyUp belly dancing studio in Oakville, Ont. hosted their annual Spooky Souk. All proceeds of the event, which totaled a fantastic $2,500, went to WELNepal. Just to put that amount in perspective, try to remember that just $500 funds an entire class for a year. A cool $2,500 goes much farther, so we’re very thankful to all the attendees who came out that night to not only see a spectacular show, but to support the women we work with in Nepal.

Some Halloween revellers 
The event was hosted by Tribe MayaFire (who also performed at the September benefit bash) and featured performances by dancers and dance troupes Joharah, Valizan, Shades of Araby, Jackie Pullar and Wild Orchid Dance Studio, Elysium Tribal, Jennifer Drummond, Earth Shakers, and Ala Nar. There was also a silent auction, which allowed guests to bid on everything from wine tour tickets to jewellery to gift cards for local stores and restaurants.

And since it was Halloween, prizes were given out for best costume. WELNepal would like to extend a special thanks to all who were brave enough to dress up!

But now that Halloween is long behind us and winter festivities are fast approaching, we’re pleased to say that Santa has, so far, been quite good to us and the women we work with.

Last week, we released our annual Christmas newsletter and we've already received several generous donations.

To everyone who decided to give the gift of literacy to a woman in Nepal this holiday season, we’re incredibly grateful. For anyone who would like to donate on behalf of a loved one email David at to ask for more details. 

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year,

From all of us at WELNepal