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Need: Funding for Participation on 2nd South Asian Youth Conference

Hello mothers, sisters, aunts and all the girls. Actually, World Pulse has always helped us to explore ourselves and fight for ourselves.
As the motto says: NO one speaks for me. I speak for myself. I really need your help. Actually, I have been selected to participate 2nd South Asian youth conference going to be held ta pakistan, this nov 5-10.

I am among 120 selected ones from the South Asia. I feel somewhat proud and somewhat so handicapped.
Though I have been selected for the conference. The organizers have said that I need to manage my travel cost myself while the rest will be managed by them.

I have been trying to get the funds but it seems no one can help me. The cost may be less than $1000 but still no one wants to help me. The main reason is being a Girl. It's so ridiculous.
This opportunity doesn't exposes only myself to my neighbouring countries but makes me closer to ponder upon the plight of the girls in those regions. Pakistan, Afganistan, india where girls are under so strict rules and regulations will provide me to know them.
I just hope that World Pulse being a true woman based organization can help me to grab this opportunity.
Looking forward for the positive response.

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mrbeckbeck's picture

Congratulations!

Congratulations on being selected! That's a very exciting opportunity for you, and I can imagine it must be frustrating to not have the funds to make the travel to Pakistan. I am happy you've posted your need here and I hope our community can provide some assistance.

I noticed in the attached PDF that you were sent "a fundraising support letter and fund raising tips". I think that the support letter might be good to post here... also, providing more information about the Conference and why you're uniquely qualified to attend and represent your community would be good to see. The more details you can provide to the community, the more likely people will be to respond to your request. Also, if someone is interested in providing some funds to you, tell them how they can send money.

I wish you the best of luck!
Kind regards,

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Volunteer

ansupokharel's picture

thnx

Hello scott,
Thank you soo much for the advice. I have tried and i am still trying my best to raise the fund but no one seems to give positive response. Actually, I am young, little inexperienced but not immature. Funds are to help the needy ones, not to show up that they have soo much money. besides, I have been selected as per the selection process;
Selection Process at SAYC

There have been a lot of questions around the slection process of the South Asian Youth Conference. On behalf of Blue Ribbon Movement I would explain the complete process here. Also my credentials are best suited to write this post as I am in-charge of selection of the SAYC series. I had lead the team last year and doing so this year as well.

The Blue Ribbon Movement being the licensee (2012) and chief organiser (2011) selects the national selectors for each country. There are either 1 or 2 selectors for each country. These selectors are people who understand the development space, dilligent with their work, highly integral people. Since the quota for each country is pre-fixed having only one selector evaluates the applications, this rules out any possibility of mis-alignment in scoring. In case of 2 selectors for a country each of them evaluates only one gender. I will pose some questions that are often asked and answer them here:

How are the applications scored?
The selectors are given an evaluation rubric (scoring matrix) which has 5 parameters, Each parameter has 4 levels. Each level is further sub-divided in two levels. The selectors are not just guided on how to use this rubric but also suggested on how to use each question to arrive at the score for each parameter. The total score of every participant is sent to the central team. The central team then arrives at cut-offs for each country and post that final offers are sent.
Please note here that we seek a representation from each gender hence the cut-offs are arrived at separately for each gender. Also cut-offs are decided not just to fill the positions but actually weighing in the quality of the application.

How do we know if the participant has written the truth?
The selectors perform a check on the personal facts that a participant has stated which are bound to be available in the public domain. This is a tedious task but we do it as a matter of principal to ensure good quality.

How is plagarism tackled?
This has been a huge issue and some of you would wonder why you were rejected in spite of having a very strong application. There are certain questions built in the application to test plagarism in particular. The selectors search your answers and unfortunately there are instances when the answer has been picked up straight from the internet. There is a very strong stance against this and in most cases the application is rejected straight away.
Also we have seen instances where 2 participants have the same answers, there is no leniency here as well and we reject both the applications.
It is what i received by the organizers.
And besides, i had also submitted my article about youths, which i have also posted recently in WP.

Anisha Pokharel

usha kc's picture

Dear Anshu, sorry for delay

Dear Anshu,
sorry for delay response for ur inbox msg. I was about to advice to post in Need section. Glad that you have already done it.

I am hopefull for you getting support . I am going to share your need in my FB page too. did you post it in ur social networking side too????

wish u have good luck.

so proud of u.

ansupokharel's picture

Thanks

I am really grateful to all of u and ur valuable comments. Yes, of course Education is powerful and a ballot is stronger than bullet. We women have to rise above and unite most importantly, to stop what's going against us.
Usha di, thnx.. I hav tried so hard but my hopes are fading, it seems i can't attend the conference as i am not getting any support for my travel fund :(
lets see!

Anisha Pokharel

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