THREADS to the finish line

In a post a few days back, you will remember I told you about a wonderful documentary on the life and art of Surayia, a lady who has changed the lives of many that surround her.  The documentary needs some final funding to complete, so here is a shameless request for your support in any way you can. Thank you. THREADS TO THE FINISH LINE!

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30 years ago, one of Bangladesh’s first women artists set out to be part of the revival of an ancient stitching tradition.  She shared her artistic gifts to change the lives of hundreds of destitute young mothers. 5 years ago, we set out to tell their inspiring story, a testament of hope.  Threads film gives voice to some of the world’s once-poorest women and challenges common perceptions of Bangladesh.  The film is now almost complete! Now, if you wish, you can help bring Threads film to the screen and to the world.  With the film at the final post-production stage, we are launching a campaign to raise the funds that will enable us to complete the project. Take a look at our new campaign website — — and forward it to friends or post it in social media so that as many people as possible can learn about this film and join in helping to finish it. The Puffin Foundation in the U.S., Associazione Centro Studi Tagore in Italy, and more than 150 individuals and groups from around the globe have contributed to the development and production of Threads. Thank you for being a part of the making of Threads and for encouraging others to join with us as well! Cathy and Len With Surayia Email Cathy Email Leonard

About Kate Coffey

After 30 or so years in the investment management industry, 2013 saw me turn my life up-side-down, making my way first to Nepal, then Bangladesh during that first ‘year away’. The year took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and its people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located in Bhainsepati - 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Saanga foothills. Since 2014, I have returned to SIRC numerous times, working closely with the folks there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes. In Bangladesh I marvelled at the strength and resilience of marginalized women who have the courage and audacity to break the rules and make a better life for themselves and their children through microfinance programs with BRAC. 2016-2017 saw me embark on a totally new experience in Sri Lanka, a place I never would have chosen to end up in. It’s the 40C+ heat, big humidity and tropical snakes & animals that scared me! But I ended up love love loving! my time there, working with predominantly Tamil small business owners in remote villages in north and east of the country, trying their best to recover their businesses and the lives of their employees, after decades of a civil war. My time in Sri Lanka made me realize my hard-earned business skills and experience can really be put to good use! The work the BIZ+ team and I did there ended up earning me International Volunteer of the Year Award in December 2017, presented on Capitol Hill, Washington DC no less. I am currently home on Bowen Island, in the west coast of Canada, shoring up my finances before I head off to who knows where, for my next expert volunteer assignment. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2013-2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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