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Nepal - The Story of TEWA
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TEWA is the preeminent women’s non-governmental
organization in Nepal. It raises funds inside Nepal and elsewhere to support
national and grassroots women’s empowerment programs that fight effectively for
economic opportunity, social justice, peace and gender equality.
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carole whitehill lrgCarole H. Whitehill

 

Carole Whitehill has over 30 years of financial management experience in the for profit corporate world.  Her work extended from being controller for a chain of small newspapers to CFO of the San Francisco Newspaper Agency (San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner newspapers).  She is a graduate of Smith College, with an MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

Carole has an active volunteer life.  She has served on several nonprofit Boards, is past President of the Rotary Club and is currently involved in her Rotary District.    

 

Fortunate to be able to travel extensively, Carole writes: “I got tired of just traveling to sightsee but not really understanding some of the problems of third world countries.  My trips with Adventures in Giving to Tanzania and Uganda and to Nicaragua and Costa Rica were an opportunity to meet with managers of micro-credit and other programs directed towards women’s growth, to meet some of the women and their families, be in their homes and hear their stories.  I appreciated the chance to share some hopefully supportive moments with them.

"I especially remember when the handsome young African male translator was tasked with translating a nurse’s talk from Swahili into English so that we could understand the topic for that week.  The talk was given to a group of women who had come to pay their interest on their Micro Credit Loans.  It was about breast care.   As he translated the words and mimicked the actions of the nurse describing how to do a breast exam, 14 American women and 20 African women started with a low chuckle, lots of eye contact with each other and ended with all of us laughing merrily out loud, including the translator.

"From these experiences I brought back a very different view of women’s status and needs, which I have shared with service clubs and friends.  It was the reason I made a second trip to Nicaragua with Rotary to distribute and fit wheelchairs.  I plan to do more “hands on work”.