Hello there! I'm Sharon Phelan, I live in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina where I work as a Mental Health Therapist. As my chosen profession suggests, helping others is of paramount importance to me. Traveling abroad to volunteer is something that I've always dreamed of doing, but have never had the time or resources to do until now. Having completed graduate school, and acquired clinical licensure, I now have a window of opportunity to set out on a new adventure. Though I will be saving for my trip over the next several months, as you can imagine, traveling to the other side of the world is not cheap. I am fortunate enough to have this time to dedicate to others, now I need your help to make it happen!
WHAT I WANT TO DO AND HOW I WILL DO IT:
As many of my family and friends know, I've always been drawn towards working with children. From small children in childcare settings, to older children in in-patient acute care settings, spending time with the future generations of the world has always felt important to me. This is why I would like to spend 4 weeks volunteering with the local children in Pokhara, Nepal. As a volunteer, I will assist with teaching basic english, general life skills and health education, games, activities, and art.
- 1 child in 31 dies before their 5th birthday – 4 times that of the United States
- 40% of girls age 15+ struggle to read and write
- 36% of children suffer from stunting due to severe malnutrition
- 27% of girls ages 15-19 are married, and 1 in 15 gives birth
- 22% of children are engaged in child labor, instead of learning
I plan to begin my program through International Volunteer HQ on January 18th 2021. At present, my registration fee is paid and my place is being held as I wait for confirmation.
WHAT WILL YOUR DONATION DO:
Your donation, no matter how big or small will help make this trip possible. All money raised will go towards program fees (covers accommodation, meals, and volunteer placement), flights to and from Nepal, travel insurance, visas, and vaccinations. Any extra will go towards weekend excursions, as I would be thrilled to trek the Himalayas if I can!
Thank you for taking the time to read my fundraising page and I hope you will consider donating!