Bedford Guides support SI Bedford’s “Bedford Bloomers” Campaign
SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL BEDFORD – BEDFORD BLOOMERS – SUPPORTING THE KORI DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
On Wednesday 13 April President Pauline Stewart and Jenny Tomsett (also ex Guider and District Commissioner of Sandy Bedfordshire) of Soroptimist International Bedford (SI Bedford) were invited to attend 1st Kempston Girl Guides Unit, Centenary Hall, Kempston.
Sandra Cove, Unit Guider was delighted when her Guides collected over 160 bars of soaps and lots of knickers to support SI Bedford’s project ‘Bedford Bloomers’.
Bedford Bloomers is a local initiative aligned with SI Thames Valley’s Kori Project which supports the education of young females in Kori Chiefdom Sierra Leone by making washable sanitary towels and providing knickers.
Pauline Stewart went on to say, “The girls have very little in the way of underwear and no sanitary products. Their sanitary ware consists of a ‘cowpat’ held together with moss and twigs and they pack this around the genital area (leaving them open to serious infection). This means they are unable to go to school and do not receive the education we take for granted. We reached out to the Counties Girl Guides to help us make sanitary ware or provide old clean knickers, and bars of soap for our young ladies across the sea. We have introduced a kit bag that consists of; 3 washable sanitary towels, a washable travel pouch, 3 pairs of knickers and bar of soap. On behalf of SI Bedford, a huge thank you to our 1st Kempston Girl Guides who have donated bars of soaps and provided new packs of knickers to enable young girls in Sierra Leone to attend school and further their education.”