Hi and Welcome to the 11th ARD Newsletter!

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We hope that you will find it enjoyable and informative and that you will get a good insight into the wonderful work which you are supporting. 

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In India
  • Graeme and Wendy visited India October 2011 to January 2012 and spent time in Bodhgaya, in the office working with Sandeep and the admin staff. They also visited the field area, attending a group discussion with women who have been in the project for 6 years, some of whom are on their 3rd loan. They were told of the huge benefit of having other women to share their successes and their concerns with and could see a real improvement in the women's health and homes. Read about this visit.

  • Bruce Ingwersen, one of our donors and a huge supporter with markets, fundraisers and brainwaves came to Bodhgaya and visited the project . Read about his joy and wonder at meeting the women and learning of the difference ARD has made in their lives.

  • ARD has employed 2 new women, Sunita and Soma, in our office administration. Sunita brings a wealth of expeience from time in Industry and also in the Social Service sector. Soma has worked with SHGs in Jharkand and is keen to improve the marketability of our women's products. Meet them both as they write about themselves in the newsletter.
  • And her Daughter was Saved
            Gunj Jabari Khatoon is a Sef Help Group memeber. Hear of her life and hardships and how her daughter Rehana was
            able to be cured because of Gunj's membership of the group.  Though only in a Self Help Group for a short time, the
            group rallied to her aid.
       In Australia
  • While Graeme and Wendy were in India, a band of stalwart supporters ran the market stalls and deposited over $1000 into ARD's account. We, and the women in India are so grateful. Thank you Linda, Nicky, Rosie, Micky, Jozie, Pam, Bob and Sean.       

       We look forward to any feedback you have about the Newsletter and or anything else about ARD.
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          Namaste from Graeme and Wendy

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In the Norther Rivers? Check out our stalls at the Car Boot Market in Lismore 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. Goods to donate? Ring Bruce on 66220485.