YWCA Vocational Training Opportunity Centre trainees have graduated
2nd December 2018

In December 2018, Nagarani a/p Tabitha together with her peers graduated from the YWCA Vocational Training Opportunity Centre. She has completed her one-year course in Culinary and Bakery. Young and gregarious, Nagarani was also the Vice President of the Student Welfare Council and organised many activities for other students in the centre.

Growing up, Nagarani lived in a welfare home but remained in contact with her family throughout the years. “The day I received my Certificate,...

In December 2018, Nagarani a/p Tabitha together with her peers graduated from the YWCA Vocational Training Opportunity Centre. She has completed her one-year course in Culinary and Bakery. Young and gregarious, Nagarani was also the Vice President of the Student Welfare Council and organised many activities for other students in the centre.

Growing up, Nagarani lived in a welfare home but remained in contact with her family throughout the years. “The day I received my Certificate, I was speechless. I finally achieved my dream and made my loved ones beam with pride” she said.

Nagarani is known for baking delicious butter cakes.  She was recently employed as an Assistant Chef with the Royal Cabin Cruise Company and is stationed in Singapore.

We are happy that Nagarani and the four trainees supported by WEN Giving via Selangor Properties Berhad are moving forward to the next chapter in their lives. We wish them all the best with their future endeavours.

WA Chin Woo team make Top 5 at Wushu Championships
31st August 2018

The WA Chin Woo team travelled to Macau this August to complete in the 2018 1st World University Wushu Championships in Macau, with a dream of making it into the Top 10. Training on their new competition grade Wushu carpet, kindly donated by WEN Giving, saw them rank in the Top 5!

Congratulations must go out to Jessica Lim for claiming 4th place in the Women’s Nandao competition and also to Joshua Lim, who despite a torn Achilles tendon 6 weeks prior to competition, showed the...

The WA Chin Woo team travelled to Macau this August to complete in the 2018 1st World University Wushu Championships in Macau, with a dream of making it into the Top 10. Training on their new competition grade Wushu carpet, kindly donated by WEN Giving, saw them rank in the Top 5!

Congratulations must go out to Jessica Lim for claiming 4th place in the Women’s Nandao competition and also to Joshua Lim, who despite a torn Achilles tendon 6 weeks prior to competition, showed the true spirit of martial arts by competing in a cast boot.

Well done team Australia!

Hawaiian Team Fundraising Returns Vision to Earthquake Survivors
15th June 2018

In October 2017, Hawaiian staff were invited to apply to join a trip to Kathmandu to visit the WEN Giving foundation partners. To qualify, staff had to each raise a minimum of $960 to help give sight to eight Nepalese. Three staff included in the tour, Belle, Dan and Terri from Hawaiian’s head office, collectively raised $6,200. These funds were handed over to Dr Reeta Gurung, Chief Executive Officer of Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology on March 6th by the team and Dr Gurung committed...

In October 2017, Hawaiian staff were invited to apply to join a trip to Kathmandu to visit the WEN Giving foundation partners. To qualify, staff had to each raise a minimum of $960 to help give sight to eight Nepalese. Three staff included in the tour, Belle, Dan and Terri from Hawaiian’s head office, collectively raised $6,200. These funds were handed over to Dr Reeta Gurung, Chief Executive Officer of Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology on March 6th by the team and Dr Gurung committed to using the funds on an upcoming eye camp, and they were most certainly put to good use.

From the 23rd to 24th May, the Tilganga team, headed by Dr Sanduk Ruit, travelled to Dolakha, a town that is seven hours away from the capital, Kathmandu, to run an eye camp. Dolakha was chosen for the eye camp because it was the epicentre for the second major earthquake that took place in 12 May, 2015, leaving many families gravely impacted.

The Tilganga team included others that have benefited from WEN Giving scholarship funding initiatives. Dr Shyam Vyas, now a fully trained Ophthalmologist, operated alongside Dr Ruit during the camp.

Other trainee specialists operating during the camp came from Tajikistan and Ethiopia, who were in the midst of their training program at Tilganga. Volunteers are also important in such camps and this particular program included local school children aged between 12 and 15 years, recording patient information and assisting in moving patients through the process.

The funds raised by the Hawaiian team along with a donation by WEN Giving covered the costs of all the 148 cataract surgeries performed on 135 patients. The oldest patient was 89 and the youngest patient was 16, with patients coming from as far as four hours ride away from the camp site.

Thank you, not only to those lucky enough to attend the March Nepal trip, but to everyone that supported their fundraising efforts. Returning sight to one person significantly improves the lives of the family and the community living around them.

WEN Giving Sponsor Student Shares His Love of Coding
9th April 2018

Tashi Choden Lama is the oldest of all the WEN Giving sponsor children at Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School in Kathmandu, Nepal.  He is extremely talented in electronics and coding and along with Harry Pigot, a volunteer engineer from Canada, started SMD's Himalayan Makers Guild and Code Club in the hope of inspiring fellow students.  Tashi has really embraced this role by teaching as well as preparing lesson plans for both clubs. 

"I'm very glad that I decided to take a gap...

Tashi Choden Lama is the oldest of all the WEN Giving sponsor children at Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School in Kathmandu, Nepal.  He is extremely talented in electronics and coding and along with Harry Pigot, a volunteer engineer from Canada, started SMD's Himalayan Makers Guild and Code Club in the hope of inspiring fellow students.  Tashi has really embraced this role by teaching as well as preparing lesson plans for both clubs. 

"I'm very glad that I decided to take a gap year to give service after graduation.  Fortunately, I have become a catalyst for positive change since my life changing experience during summer school in Japan.  This inspired me to continue my interest in electronics by sharing my knowledge with other students", said Tashi.  "It was a great opportunity to create two clubs when Harry Pigot arrived as a volunteer.  The clubs have already expanded beyond our expectation.  I am learning so much about my potential while teaching my students.  Eventually, I hope this knowledge will spread into the mountain communities of SMD students and benefit them far into the future."

Opening Ceremony of the Gyuto Monks Aged Care Accommodation Facility
26th February 2018

Seeing a dream come to fruition is always satisfying and representatives of the WEN Giving Foundation were pleased to attend the Opening Ceremony of this building on Feb 26th, 2018 by Professor Samdhong Rinpoche, former Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government in Exile in India and close adviser to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Originally envisaged as 8 ground floor units, the project expanded to become 22 separate apartments with communal meditation space plus a large kitchen/dining...

Seeing a dream come to fruition is always satisfying and representatives of the WEN Giving Foundation were pleased to attend the Opening Ceremony of this building on Feb 26th, 2018 by Professor Samdhong Rinpoche, former Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government in Exile in India and close adviser to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Originally envisaged as 8 ground floor units, the project expanded to become 22 separate apartments with communal meditation space plus a large kitchen/dining area. In this way, the monastery will be able to house all its monks over the age of 65 years plus provide space for elderly visiting monks who come to pass on important teachings to the younger generations.

Over 4 levels, the central space not only has stairs but low gradient wide ramps enabling the monks to safely walk up and down or be transported in wheelchairs. Each unit comprises a living space, bedroom and bathroom similarly designed to provide for wheelchairs, crutches etc plus most importantly, sleeping space for a carer which all each old monk has been allocated.

In his opening speech, Rinpoche who is a most humble and frugal monk praised these facilities commenting that in terms of financial resources what is appreciated is needs based assistance rather than greed based expenditure and that this project is manifestly meeting a serious need.

Already the building is attracting attention and requests to emulate the design from other monasteries and nunneries. Gyuto House Australia says it could not have been accomplished without the support of WEN Giving for which it is most grateful.

The Gyuto Monks have changed the lives of innumerable Australians of all ages over 24 years with their special brand of kindness and compassion and Wen Giving is happy to respond by supporting this efficient and much needed project.

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