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Join #TeamMNCatapult - Change the lives of women and girls around the world

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MmeLindor Thu 11-Oct-12 08:05:40

When I was in Kenya for the Gates Foundation and MN this year, I was constantly asked, 'what can we do?' and I kept saying, 'I really don't know.. because other than raise awareness, it is difficult to promote one or two charities that are helping direct in the field.

I saw examples of corruption within the charity sector, and it made me very cautious about recommending a project or charity to anyone.

Then Gates Foundation contacted me about - an organisation funded by Gates, in partnership with Women Deliver, Catapult aims to crowdfund projects around the world that directly benefit women and girls.

I really love this idea and would like to set up TeamMNCatapult so that we - Mumsnetters - can get involved and really improve the lives of the women and girls in the projects that we choose.

If you are interested, please check out my blog post

I know that some don't want to have MN connected to their FB, so if you don't want to share the MN linked blog, that is fine, but would you share the website.

BigBroomstickBIWI Thu 11-Oct-12 08:09:25

Interesting idea - will read ...

MmeLindor Thu 11-Oct-12 08:16:18


I want to stress that this isn't a one of thing for Day of the Girl - it is a project that will hopefully grow and flourish.

Hullygully Thu 11-Oct-12 08:17:39

Me too

And absolutely agree re charities...

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 11-Oct-12 08:19:59

Thank you, will have a read

ParsingFancy Thu 11-Oct-12 08:30:14

Slightly off-topic, but can I add that the rainwater-storage project MmeLindor mentions in her blog post is a hugely important issue.

That one alone would be well worth funding.

MmeLindor Thu 11-Oct-12 08:39:36

I have contacted the women in my blog and told them about Catapult - I am not sure if they can join in - there are quite strict rules for projects wishing to apply for assistance, but I hope so.

I am also going to organise a shipment of san pro to go to the village - as soon as I work out the logistics.

ParsingFancy Thu 11-Oct-12 08:55:17

That's brilliant, MmeLindor.

Good luck with the san pro.

MmeLindor Thu 11-Oct-12 09:52:56

Here is the article about girls who don't go to school

Mooncups! How MN is that?

MmeLindor Thu 11-Oct-12 10:13:21

I am really hoping that the women's collective that I visited joins Catapult, as I would love this to be a project that we support.

Must upload some pics to FB of the women so that you can see them.

MmeLindor Thu 11-Oct-12 11:58:31


MmeLindor Thu 11-Oct-12 15:46:53

Afternoon bump

PetiteRaleuse Thu 11-Oct-12 18:16:43

Looks like a good idea. What exactly would be required from people who get involved? Financial donations? Fund raising? Admin? Blogging?

uoYekorByMredluomS Thu 11-Oct-12 18:20:04

I think this is such a good idea.

MmeLindor Thu 11-Oct-12 20:17:21

All you need to do is sign up. Once we have a good few members, I'll start a thread where we can discuss what kind of
Project we want to support.

Blogging about it is good, cause it gets others involves.

Might be an idea to have a FB group.

MmeLindor Thu 11-Oct-12 20:19:52

Forgot half your question.

Financial - yes, eventually donations will be needed but the great thing is that because we are a team, even donating a couple of pounds makes a difference. If anyone can't afford to donate, it's fine. They can help advertise catapult by sharing on FB and twitter, or with friends.

PetiteRaleuse Thu 11-Oct-12 21:01:49

Thanks for your answers. I'll sign up this weekend though elcs possible at end of next week so might go quiet for a while.

MmeLindor Thu 11-Oct-12 21:32:11

Right, been thinking about this. I guess we should move this to Charities so that we can discuss which project we would like to fund, and how we should move forward.

We have ten members so far, and am hoping to get a lot more. The more members we have, the bigger donation we can make.

If anyone has a particular kind of project that they would like to support, shout now. I would say, inkeeping with Mumsnet that we should go for:

Maternal Health
Babies and Children

to begin with.

The more members we have, the bigger impact - so share this with others.

If you don't want to share MN with your RL, then do share

MmeLindor Thu 11-Oct-12 22:11:48

Catapult on FB

and on Twitter

I can't seem to work out how to donate. I can see that someone on the team has, but don't see how.

MmeLindor Thu 11-Oct-12 22:50:15

Ok, had another look.

You can just go ahead and donate to whatever project takes your fancy, whenever you have some spare cash. Then select if you want to donate as part of the team or alone.

I can't at the moment cause I am waiting for a new credit card and they aren't accepting direct paypal payments, but will do next week.

The website only went online properly this afternoon otherwise I would have had a play around on it.

MmeLindor Fri 12-Oct-12 08:56:50

Obviously, we will have more impact if we decide on a project and donate together, but this way we can each donate when we feel able to.

PayPal payment should be possible soon.

MmeLindor Fri 12-Oct-12 21:32:06



ParsingFancy Sat 13-Oct-12 18:05:29

Oh I'm so thick.

Have just today understood your blogging name, MmeLindt. <boink>

Erm, this singing lark? We're not expected to join in, are we? You'll be sorry... smile

MmeLindor Sun 14-Oct-12 14:47:50

Hahaha no, I was singing cause of the wine grin

We could release a MN single for charity.

Thisisaeuphemism Mon 15-Oct-12 20:14:50

I'd like to be involved too.

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