Gabby's Birthday Fundraiser 2021

Gabby's Birthday Fundraiser - January 18th, 2021- January 24th, 2021

This year for my 23rd birthday on January 23rd, 2021 I have decided to raise funds with the Morobe Development Foundation Inc. to educate women in Kobo Village, Morobe Province Papua New Guinea on basic bread and jam making.
Kobo Village is a rural community which has a population of 500 people. The village is only accessible by boat and canoe. Gardening and fishing are the main source of food and the village has poor infrastructure and water supply. Women in this community often have poor livelihoods due to lack of skills and education.
This women empowerment project will provide 40 women in this community with the opportunity to learn how to make bread and jam. This project will provide women with extremely valuable occupational skills.
Our budget for the project is as follows:

1. Transportation PGK 2,400 ($864 CAD/  $680 USD)

2. Trainer PGK 600 ( $216 CAD /$170 USD)

3. Flour and other ingredients PGK 400 ( $144 CAD/$112 USD)

4. Stationeries PGK 100 ($36 CAD / $28 USD)

Total: 3,500 PGK / $1260 CAD / $990 USD
This project will support United Nations Sustainable Development goal #5 “Gender Equality”. This project has been previously organized and implemented with MDF in collaboration with the Canadian government.

In the first day of this fundraising campaign we reached our $500 USD ($650 CAD) goal to run this program for 20 women. On the third day of our fundraising campaign we raised $1,000 CAD to run this program for 32 women. Thanks to the incredible support from our donors we have decided to increase our goal to $1,260 CAD to educate 40 women on basic bread and jam making. That is double our initial fundraising goal!

I am currently a blog writer and researcher at MDF. The ongoing research of my team and I looking at gender based violence and the situation of women in Papua New Guinea has made me realize the need and importance of women empowerment projects such as these. All funds raised will contribute to this project and make a difference in the lives of women in Kobo Village. Photos, videos, invoices and receipts will be provided to donors and posted online. We will also acknowledge all donors on our website or in a YouTube video featuring the project.
I would like to thank MDF Director Willie Doaemo for working with me to plan this program. I would also like to thank Berta Lozano for producing a great promotional video for this initiative and Mikey Mohan, Esmaeel Adrah and Shaurya Bajaj for their contributions! Also, thank you Tanya Zeriga, for allowing me to share these photos of your beautiful community!


Gabriella Richardson
Burlington, ON

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