On March 16th the CTQ team celebrated St Paddy’s Day a day early by welcoming Kevin Edgecombe to share some of his stories with the group. Kevin is well known throughout the Kelowna community for his work with the Edgecombe Development Group and as the current president of the Urban Development Institute, Okanagan Chapter (UDI). Kevin shared his stories about his passion to help people and how he and his wife, Linda are involved with Her International charity, formerly known as IWEN (Intercultural Women’s Educations Network) to aid impoverished people of Nepal, more specifically, the women of Nepal.
The charity’s mission is to “provide educational opportunities and sustainable life skills to marginalized women and children.” Her International is governed by a board of directors located in Kelowna, of which Kevin is the president, and is supported by volunteers around the world. Kevin’s presentation provided us with a glimpse of the projects and experiences that he has been involved in to help the communities of Nepal. Kevin and his family have travelled to Nepal a number of times for a variety of projects and they have come to know a number of the locals quite well, making many emotional ties.
Her International previously raised funds through the sale of scarves that were sourced from Kathmandu. Funds have continued to be raised with the sale of scarves, but in 2012 Her International bought equipment and trained a group of local Tharu mothers to manufacture the scarves under the name of Unako, which means “her” in Nepali. Kevin expressed that seeing these women go from being impoverished and financial dependent to having a sense of self-worth, dignity and financial independence is very emotionally fulfilling.
For more information or to get involved in the Her International movement, please consider visiting: http://www.herinternational.org/