Spotlight on Tilden Project Nepal – building futures in Tilden's memory
Tilden Revell was tragically killed in a road accident in August 2001. His friends Chris Brewer and Zarina Subhan, working with VSO in Aruchour, Nepal at that time, dedicated a school library in his memory.
The original donation sent by Tilden’s family to buy books ended up building the foundations for a small but effective charity, supporting a range of development projects in western Nepal.
Installing life-saving smokeless stoves
Every penny raised through MyDonate, for Tilden Project Nepal, goes straight to work in supporting communities in Aruchour - a small village in the Syangja region.
Here food was traditionally cooked on an open fire, in a hole in the kitchen floor. As a result, respiratory disease was a major cause of death, and burns were commonplace, particularly among the smaller children.
Thanks to funds raised, the charity have installed 800 life-saving smokeless stoves in Aruchour and have now extended the scheme to neighbouring communities where another 400 have been provided.
The new stoves provide a source of heat and, because smoke is removed from the house via a chimney, a safer environment. A smokeless stove, costing around £5.50 to install, changes a whole family’s life, giving them a smoke and fire-free living area.
“MyDonate was the best deal”
Jan Revell, Tilden’s mother and founder of the charity, explains why they chose to fundraise with MyDonate: “We were looking to broaden our ability to raise funds from individuals from across the UK and one of our Trustees explored what was available. He concluded that MyDonate was the best deal and appeared to be more user-friendly and accessible than other options explored.”
Because MyDonate doesn’t charge commission, charities such as Tilden Project Nepal gain an extra 2 - 5 per cent of funds raised.
Said Jan: “An additional 2 - 5 per cent would mean we could expand our current scheme for installing clean water projects and extend our ability to provide individual families with their own toilet. When we began this scheme, there were 200 families without any toilet facilities. So far we have raised enough funds to change that dreadful situation for 80 families. However, we do need more funding for this vital work.”