INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS

The BIG Project
Our most recent project has been to organise a Bagathon sale of nearly new handbags, scarves, jewellery and shoes, where we raised over £700. This is in support of Soroptimist International of Great Britain & Ireland's (SIGBI’s) BIG Project (Birthing in the Gambia). Working with MCAI (Maternal Childhealth Advocacy International), SIGBI aims to fund the production of an in-depth practical textbook which covers alI aspects of hospital care for pregnant women and girls, newborn infants and children, encompassing the full range of possible illnesses and injuries as well as complications of pregnancy and delivery. The aim is to provide the text book at minimal charge to as many front-line health workers as possible in the most disadvantaged hospitals in the world where women and children are cared for irrespective of their ability to pay.

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Our Bagathon Stall

Love in a Box
Every year we fill shoeboxes with presents for underprivileged children throughout Eastern Europe who would not otherwise receive a Christmas present. Last year we spent a club meeting filling and wrapping the shoeboxes.

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Filling the Shoeboxes

Ghana Education Project
The Ghana Education Project (GEP) (www.Ghanaeducationproject.org.uk) was set up in partnership with the GEP Steering Committee, Tunbridge Wells Girls Grammar School, the British High Commission in Ghana, Scholastice Blue Horizons and Marks and Spencer. Now a registered UK charity, GEP looks to support the development of education and associated infrastructure in Nkwanta, a deprived area of North East Ghana. In September 2013 the Kyabobo School for Girls opened with 80 pupils with future plans for a Senior High School.
This is a long standing project which we have supported for a number of years through sponsorship activities, sales of goods, collecting stationery, books, art materials and sports equipment, computers and bicycles. More recently we set up a Bursary to pay for two girls education for 3 years at the newly built school.

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Kyabobo School

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The girls outside their new school


South Africa

Our friendship link in South Africa, the Cape of Good Hope club, supports a hospital for traumatised children, and the Saartjie Baartman Centre for abused women and children. Another project in the Phillipi township helps disadvantaged children who have been rescued by two women who care for them in their own homes while their parents seek food and work. Previously the children had been locked away for their own protection.
Using the link with the Cape of Good Hope club we planted trees in the garden at the Saartjie Baartman Centre to provide shade and shelter, and we also donated vegetable and flower seeds. We also knitted teddies for distribution to the children at these projects.
Also in the Phillipi township we continue to help Community Connections, an organisation which aims to strengthen the capacity of community workers and groups to organise and agitate for the transformation of society. We raised funds to resource a reference library for the organisation and we have also collected library books, drama and poetry, and teaching books and pens. One of our members has made a return visit to how the community led project has developed.

Pestalozzi International Village
We support this UK based charity, based in East Sussex, which takes bright 16-19 year olds from disadvantaged families in Asia, Africa and South America. They are then educated for 2 years before applying for university scholarships around the world. The aim is to give the students the chance to realise their potential, make a difference and help their own communities. Most recently, one particular form of support we have provided is the collection of unwanted textiles to help with fundraising.

Sewathon Making Feminine Hygiene Packs
Members helped in a sewathon with a local school to produce female hygiene kits which enable girls in Ghana and Malawi to attend school throughout the month without breaks in their schooling because of periods. The kits help girls gain access to quality sustainable feminine hygiene and awareness, by direct distribution of sustainable feminine hygiene kits. Our project partnered with non-profit groups and organisations for supply of the kit materials and their eventual distribution.
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