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[p]UPDATE: Thank you all for your generous donations. After a being diagnosed with a nasty hip injury, I will now no longer be running either marathon this year. I have a place reserved with Jesuit Missions for 2019, where the money I raised this year will count towards my total next year. I am really disappointed not to be able to compete, but I have to focus on getting better. [/p][p]-----------[/p][p]This year I will be running to raise funds for Jesuit Missions. Your generous donations will go towards two major projects, one in Uganda and one in India, primarily helping vulnerable women and girls.[/p][p](1) Uganda: Uganda hosts more refugees and asylum seekers than any other African nation, and there are 1.3 million refugees in Uganda, 82% of whom are women or girls. The majority have fled the catastrophic situation in South Sudan, followed by those escaping the Democratic Republic of Congo. With the situation in these countries unlikely to change soon, their work in Uganda will empower and integrate refugees and asylum seekers. [b]The mission will increase access to education from pre-school and primary to secondary school and provide English language support. Additionally, they will work with the host communities to ensure peaceful co-existence and cooperation. [/b][/p][p](2) In India they are working with women who are vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking. Near the Nepalese border they have reunited women who have been trafficked to the nearby cities with their families. [/p][p]This year they want to do more and provide even more women with training and new skills. They have also increased awareness of the dangers of exploitation by groups promising work in the cities. They have seen women taking on leadership roles in their villages and having increased participation in local decision and policy making.[/p][p][b]Your donation will help more women have access to life-changing skills programmes. [/b][/p][p][b]Every donation will make a difference:[/b][/p][p][b] £26 could pay for a secondary school student’s academic materials, books and supplies for a year in a Ugandan refugee centre.[/b][/p][p][b] £50 could pay for the stipend of a project coordinator in the women’s leadership programme in Darjeeling.[/b][/p][p][b] £100 could pay for learning materials for 15 English Language pupils for a year in a Ugandan refugee centre.[/b][/p][p][b] £300 could pay for tuition fees for a primary school student for a year in a Ugandan refugee centre.[/b][/p][p][b] £500 could pay for leadership training course for a woman in Darjeeling.[/b][/p][p][br][/p][p][b][i]Why I am running for Jesuit Missions[/i][/b][/p][p]I was inspired to run for Jesuit Missions after hearing my sister's stories about working with them in Guyana: In 2017, my sister Theodora spent seven months in Guyana, South America. She went twice to the interior - to a particularly remote part of the country called the Rupununi - to join a mission with Ursuline sisters and Jesuit priests. The mission was focused on supporting the Amerindian peoples - particularly in their education. In Guyana, Amerindian children grow up speaking their indigenous languages, like Wapichan. Then the children go to school, where the curriculum is taught exclusively in English. They struggle and fall behind, and many of them leave school with an education that we would consider to be almost unrecognisably poor. Bright and happy children become confused by what looks like their failure. One in three Amerindian children never passes the exam to get into secondary school, and only one in 100 will reach higher education. It is a human right to be educated in your indigenous language, but Amerindian children are being denied this right. [/p][p]During her time in Guyana, my sister was involved in research for and the development of a bilingual education project, which includes little things like making sure that the children had story books that are in their own language and reflect their experiences. But the mission's work out there also includes big, difficult tasks like liaising with the Guyanese government to ensure that a curriculum can be legally and collaboratively built.[/p][p]I have been saddened and inspired by my sister's stories from Guyana, and so I will be running the Paris Marathon, and then two weeks later, the London Marathon for Jesuit Missions in support of the many people they support who have so little. Please donate generously! [/p]
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