Fundraiser to Help Local Girl Scouts and YMCA Run Day Camp in Nepal

Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania

    PHILADELPHIA, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Fourteen area girls, ages 15-18,
 including eight Girl Scouts from Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania, are
 giving up part of their summer to operate a day camp for 200 children in
 Kathmandu, Nepal.  A fundraiser to support the girls will be held on April 26,
 2001, at the Mayor's Reception Room at City Hall in Philadelphia from 5:30 to
 7 p.m.
     Hosted by Mayor John F. Street, the evening will be filled with
 experiences from the Nepalese culture as well as remarks from the Nepalese
 Ambassador to the United Nations, His Excellency Murani Raj Sharma.  Other
 festivities will include Nepalese-style cuisine and dancing.  Raj Kapoor, a
 Nepalese professional dancer from New York City, has taught the girls Nepalese
 folk dancing.  A performance by the Girl Scouts and Nepalese students from
 Swarthmore and Bryn Mawr colleges will take place during the evening.
 
     Background
     Project 2001 in Nepal is a month-long project beginning in late June. The
 project is a collaboration between Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania,
 YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity, Thomas Jefferson University, and Nepalese
 Girl Scouts.  Project 2001 in Nepal is designed to provide participants with
 an opportunity to expand their horizons, learn about different cultures and
 gain a greater understanding of the increasingly globalized world.
     The girls were recruited last fall and have been meeting regularly since
 January with three goals in mind.  First, since none of the girls knew each
 other, they participated in team building activities to form a more cohesive
 group.  Their second goal has been to prepare for international travel.  They
 have been discussing safety issues and the culture of Nepal, so they will be
 able to relate sensitively with their hosts.  Their third goal has been to
 plan the day camp they, along with an equal number of Nepalese Girl Scouts,
 will be operating. They have created day camp plans, which include selecting
 the games they will play, the songs they will sing, and other activities that
 they will compare and finalize with the Nepalese Girl Scouts once they arrive
 in Nepal.
 
     The itinerary
     During the first week, the girls will go through an orientation, including
 lectures on Nepalese religions, history, politics and culture as well as
 language lessons.  The next two weeks they will run the day camp.  Their final
 week in Nepal will be spent taking hikes and field trips in the area of
 Dhulikhel in the Kathmandu Valley.
     Also participating in Project 2001 are a physician and a medical student
 from Thomas Jefferson University.  They will be with the group to give minor
 medical treatment and free medical exams to the day campers.
     Nepal, a new democracy, is among the poorest and least developed countries
 in the world.  It is located between China and India on the southern slopes of
 the Himalayan Mountains, which includes Mt. Everest.  Nearly half of its
 population lives below the poverty line.
     The public is invited to attend the fundraiser.  The cost is $40/ticket.
 Sponsorships are $200 for which the sponsor's name will appear in the program.
 To purchase tickets to this event and for sponsorships to appear in the
 program, please RSVP by April 23, 2001 to Tracy Dalton at the YMCA at (215)
 963-3700.  Questions regarding donations after the event can be directed to
 Barbara Curtin at (610) 896-7365.
 
 

SOURCE Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania
    PHILADELPHIA, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Fourteen area girls, ages 15-18,
 including eight Girl Scouts from Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania, are
 giving up part of their summer to operate a day camp for 200 children in
 Kathmandu, Nepal.  A fundraiser to support the girls will be held on April 26,
 2001, at the Mayor's Reception Room at City Hall in Philadelphia from 5:30 to
 7 p.m.
     Hosted by Mayor John F. Street, the evening will be filled with
 experiences from the Nepalese culture as well as remarks from the Nepalese
 Ambassador to the United Nations, His Excellency Murani Raj Sharma.  Other
 festivities will include Nepalese-style cuisine and dancing.  Raj Kapoor, a
 Nepalese professional dancer from New York City, has taught the girls Nepalese
 folk dancing.  A performance by the Girl Scouts and Nepalese students from
 Swarthmore and Bryn Mawr colleges will take place during the evening.
 
     Background
     Project 2001 in Nepal is a month-long project beginning in late June. The
 project is a collaboration between Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania,
 YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity, Thomas Jefferson University, and Nepalese
 Girl Scouts.  Project 2001 in Nepal is designed to provide participants with
 an opportunity to expand their horizons, learn about different cultures and
 gain a greater understanding of the increasingly globalized world.
     The girls were recruited last fall and have been meeting regularly since
 January with three goals in mind.  First, since none of the girls knew each
 other, they participated in team building activities to form a more cohesive
 group.  Their second goal has been to prepare for international travel.  They
 have been discussing safety issues and the culture of Nepal, so they will be
 able to relate sensitively with their hosts.  Their third goal has been to
 plan the day camp they, along with an equal number of Nepalese Girl Scouts,
 will be operating. They have created day camp plans, which include selecting
 the games they will play, the songs they will sing, and other activities that
 they will compare and finalize with the Nepalese Girl Scouts once they arrive
 in Nepal.
 
     The itinerary
     During the first week, the girls will go through an orientation, including
 lectures on Nepalese religions, history, politics and culture as well as
 language lessons.  The next two weeks they will run the day camp.  Their final
 week in Nepal will be spent taking hikes and field trips in the area of
 Dhulikhel in the Kathmandu Valley.
     Also participating in Project 2001 are a physician and a medical student
 from Thomas Jefferson University.  They will be with the group to give minor
 medical treatment and free medical exams to the day campers.
     Nepal, a new democracy, is among the poorest and least developed countries
 in the world.  It is located between China and India on the southern slopes of
 the Himalayan Mountains, which includes Mt. Everest.  Nearly half of its
 population lives below the poverty line.
     The public is invited to attend the fundraiser.  The cost is $40/ticket.
 Sponsorships are $200 for which the sponsor's name will appear in the program.
 To purchase tickets to this event and for sponsorships to appear in the
 program, please RSVP by April 23, 2001 to Tracy Dalton at the YMCA at (215)
 963-3700.  Questions regarding donations after the event can be directed to
 Barbara Curtin at (610) 896-7365.
 
 SOURCE  Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania