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“In November 1999, aged 39, I resigned from my career as a British Army officer and visited Nepal for the very first time. I was determined to invest £35,000 of my pension pot in helping children. This was to be in memory of my first wife, Esther Benjamins, who had tragically taken her own life the previous January. I was convinced that I could make a difference with a sum like that (although you can make a difference with a thousandth of that!). But, through the wrong advice, those precious funds did not have the impact that they could have done. If only I’d had a proper guide!
I didn’t give up. In spite of the setbacks, I went on to live in Nepal for eight years with my second wife, Bev. During that time, I personally led an anti-child trafficking programme that involved our launching dangerous child rescue operations into India. The outcome was the permanent closure of two cross-border child trafficking routes. This is an unprecedented achievement that, unlike money, can never be taken from me.
I can help you to achieve lasting results and a sense of fulfilment too.”
Gemma McGough is the Chairman of The Gemma and Chris McGough Charitable Foundation, Pipal Tree’s major donor.
Nepal is home to some of Earth’s most remarkable ecosystems and biodiversity and its under extreme threat. It’s vital to restore, protect and take up the fight against environmental degradation and climate change before it’s all too late.
We are supporting the most marginalised and stigmatised people, including untouchables and religious or ethnic minority groups, who have been discriminated against and frequently exploited in their daily lives. You can help those who have been betrayed by society and fallen victim to terrible injustices.
You can help us tackle the specific issues of child abuse and rape which are endemic within the region. Girls are particularly vulnerable to sexual assault as well as burns violence, child marriage and dowry violence. Child rape is on the increase with the incidence of reported rape soaring four-fold in the ten years up to 2018.
Women who lack skills and education will always be more vulnerable in Nepal. But many are trapped by poverty, stigma and lack of citizenship that means they cannot access services. Also, skills and education are important ingredients in the rehabilitation of the victims of violence.
To inspire a vital global conversation in advance of the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, we will be installing a mosaic mural in a park in Janakpur as part of a reforestation project.
The artwork will highlight the horror of climate change induced floods that have brought death and disaster to Nepal’s southern plains. We will be drawing upon the artistic talents of local women, supported from afar by Picasso’s former muse “Sylvette” who is herself an accomplished artist.
See this blog post.
In July 2020 we launched a 2.5-year project to restore a 32-hectare community forest at Bhatighadi, Dhanusha District southeast Nepal.
We support “untouchable” children in Dhanusha District with home studies and especially with completing a degree of homework that would otherwise be daunting for children from very poor families.
In 2020 thousands of marginalised people in south Nepal faced starvation following the sudden lockdown because of COVID. We used the Big Give matching arrangement to full effect and saved many lives.
This is Chukkit, a young woman who hails from Humla in northwest Nepal. She is giving a presentation as part of her Bachelor of Social Work degree course. She is a trafficking survivor, whose education is being funded by us.
We’d prefer it if you could possibly delay making a gift until our next Big Give campaign when it could double in value through match funding. If so, please contact Philip now to plan ahead. He’d be very happy to send you a reminder when the appeal opens. Appeal donations can be made from anywhere in the world.
If you can’t wait until then, or are just passing through, we’d of course still be very glad to accept your kind support now! Please note that a gift must be made in £ sterling – your card provider will convert this into your local currency, if need be.
2021 is a critical year for the environment and we will be launching a major new project in recognition of that.
After the success of last year’s first Big Story, we will be inviting contributions to our 2021 competition.
Wherever you are on the planet, you can join 50,000 other intrepid runners and take part in this year’s Virtual London Marathon.
Philip will host a Pipal Tree community Zoom meeting on the final Thursday of each month at 6.30 p.m. GMT.
You will find a Pipal Tree (also known as the Bodhi tree) at the heart of many Nepalese towns and villages. Sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists, it acts as a focus for the community to meet for worship or just to chat.
The tree is a perfect symbol of our work in Nepal that embraces community and environmental interests, as we engage with local people to hear their needs and hopes for the future. The gorgeous Pipal leaves have provided inspiration for jewellery and for fabric design. The young women whom we support in south Nepal also love to use the leaves as canvasses for their delightful artwork. They depict their lives and aspirations in the traditional "Maithili" style that we find so enchanting. Especially when you know that these striking, radiant images are also painted on the walls of the mud huts in their villages.
The Pipal tree is also a metaphor for the community of supporters that we connect with by letter, email and through social media (according to supporter preference).
On the last Thursday of each month, Philip hosts a fifteen-minute early-evening (UK time) update by Zoom. We invite you to join us! The meeting will be informal and you are welcome to comment or ask questions. if you just want to listen in, that’s fine too.
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We much prefer you to see your legacy of good unfolding while you’re still alive. But please do think about how you might continue to support your charity community well into the future through a gift in your Will.
And then this: It’s important to understand that Pipal Tree receives no government funding in either the UK or Nepal. We are entirely reliant upon grants from corporates and Foundations along with gifts that arise from our community of individual supporters and through their fundraising activities. It would be great if you could recognise our transformative work when you are writing or updating your Will. Even gifting 1% for Pipal Tree after you have made provision for your main priorities could be made to go a very long way in Nepal.