SI Bridgend Programme Action Report 2014 – 2015
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN/ SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
In the Autumn 2014 nearly 200 Welsh Government stickers ‘Say No To Slavery in Wales’ were distributed by club members around the town and County Borough area. In shops, libraries, Doctor and Dentist surgeries, schools taxis, churches, community centres, members’ cars etc.
‘STOP THE TRAFFIK ‘
Several members helped in pairs to man the UN ‘Stop the Traffik’ gift box in Swansea city centre during the week of International Women’s day in March. The object was to raise awareness of the general public concerning the increasing problem of human trafficking and slave labour. Members manning the box in 2 hour sessions talked to passersby and provided them with leaflets of other information if they were interested.
- Some members continue to visit a local Primary School once a week in term time to listen to children reading. This is organised and much appreciated by the Headteacher who is a member of our club.
- A monetary Science award is given annually to pupil at a local school who is going to pursue a career in science when they leave.
- The Club supports financially the education of a teenage girl in the Cape Verde islands through the SI Cardiff Cape Verde project. Other members also support girls there.
THE BIG PROJECT (MCAI)
- Members continued to collect jewellery, used cartridges etc. and take them to Regional meetings for recycling for this project until it finished in November. Members still collect items for recycling and the money is saved in the Soroptimist International Wales South Hygiene & Education Trust (SIWSHET) charity account for future projects.
WORK WITH PARTNERS AND GOVERNMENT
- CONTACT THE ELDERLY – Some members provide ‘Teas for the Elderly’ on Sundays once every 2 months at members’ homes. Members also provide transport and have a summer visit with tea out as well as attending Contact the Elderly teas.
- INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT’S APPEAL – raised money on International Night for the ‘See Solar Cook Solar’ project
- PROJECT IN KARACHI The Club continued to support Talat Pasha at SI Karachi and Connect by money raising, particularly through the sale of items made by members, to other club members and at Regional meetings. Some funds were raised again this year at an English Speaking Union (ESU) Garden Party at Ffonmon Castle where club members ran a tombola stall. We have recently received a report and photographs from Talat to say how the last £1000 sent has been spent.
Talat Pasha reported that …
A filtration plant was installed in a village “Urs Mohamad Khaskeli “by Connect in 2012. It catered to almost six other small villages and 300 households. As there is no electricity in any of the villages, a generator supplied the power and the fuel was organised by ‘ Connect’. In 2013, problems arose with the generator and the fuel consumption, which was a huge expense. Things became even more difficult when every now and then the generator would stop working and had to be taken to a nearby town for repairs. The only way forward was to convert to solar energy and this is where SI Bridgend became involved.
SI Bridgend contributed £1000, which was used to convert an expensive diesel filtration plant into a solar powered plant. The Solar panels have been installed and water is now supplied for 6 hours every day. Before this, the villagers were getting water from a stagnant pond where cattle and animals also drank and water buffaloes would soak themselves for hours.
The project has had a twofold impact, as local businesses were used to provide the panels and the women and girls in villages of Urs Mohamed Khaskeli can now ensure that their families are safe and healthy giving them more time to provide for their families economically.
THE PRESIDENT’S PROJECT this year has been HOME START in Bridgend. The local coordinator spoke to us at the beginning of the Presidential year and since then club has been fund raising through raffles and events. Members have supported their local Home Start charity shop with donations of clothes, toys etc and the President has been helping out in the shop etc. The money collected – at least £1000 will be given to Home start at the AGM
Support for Bridgend Women’s Aid, Samaritans, the local church Christmas Tree festival, Operation Christmas Child (Members giving Christmas parcels for children abroad through the Samaritans’ Purse Charity,) supporting the Lions Club Cowbridge Summer Fair with a Soroptimist Tombola stall. Although ‘The Rest’ at Porthcawl has been, sold one member is still attending meetings as a Trustee to finalise the finances and the distribution of the contents of the building.
Programme Action Officer