Afghan Women's Orchestra Somerville Residency

A project by: Cayenna Ponchione


WE RAISED £5,235

from 83 donors

This project received pledges on Fri 08 Mar 2019
3 years, 2 months ago

Dear supporters, 

A massive THANK YOU to each and everyone one of you for your generous contributions! We have met our fundraising goals which we absolutely could not have done without you.

The girls arrive in college this evening (!) and I can't tell you how excited I am to be welcoming them into Somerville with the gorgeous spring flowers decorating the quad.

We will be back in touch with you and ensure that you receive your rewards. 

In the meantime, it would be lovely to see you at one of the events here in Oxford:

13 March, 7:30pm - Holywell Music Room, traditional music from Afghanistan

14 March, 5:30pm - Somerville Panel Discussion hosted by Principal, Jan Royall, on women's education in Afghanistan, email for tickets

17 March at 5:00pm - Sheldonian Theatre Gala Concert with the Somerville Chorus 

With warmth and gratitude, 

Dr Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey

Good luck to you all. I'm sorry not to be able to join you for any of these events, that I am sure will prove to be both moving and memorable for all concerned. Ruth Rostron

3 years, 2 months ago

Dear supporters, 

WE DID IT!!! We've reached the crowd funding goal of £5000 with generous donations from 80 individuals!

It has been incredibly moving to see how quickly people came together to offer their support. No doubt, living at Somerville College for a week will be a life-changing experience for these young women and for all of us who come into contact with them. I am personally grateful to each and every one of you for believing in the value of this work.

The full cost to College is £13,000 and we continue to raise funds to fill this gap. It is not too late to share the project with friends and colleagues, and please don't hesitate to be in touch if you want to know more about the plans for the visit or get involved.

With gratitude, 

Dr Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey

3 years, 2 months ago

To all you amazing people, 

Thank you so much for your incredible outpouring of support to bring these young Afghan Women to Somerville! We are nearly at our fundraising goal thanks to your generous donations. 

We still have a little bit to go and there is still time to share the project.  

All money raised over the 5k will be directed towards the cost of accommodation at Somerville (in full this costs £13k). We have four days left of the campaign, and all donations at any level are so greatly appreciated. 

Don't forget to get your tickets to the concerts and panel discussion. The word is getting out and I think things are going to start to go quickly!

Thanks ever so much,

Dr Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey

Junior Research Fellow, Somerville College