Canterbury Soroptimists were delighted to welcome our friends from CIFORD, Kenya and SI Meru, Kenya to our January club zoom meeting.
Margaret Ikiara, is founder and director of CIFORD (Community Inititiatives for Rural Development) a community based organisation working in the Meru District of Eastern Province. She grew up, studied and has spent her working life supporting her communities and we’ve been inspired by and supported her work for many years. http://www.cifordkenya.org
Jane Wanja, is a member and current president of SI Meru who we established a Friendship Link with over three years ago. We try to identify and discuss common issues and support their work when we can.
Some of our members had the amazing opportunity to meet Margaret and Jane and see some of their work during a Soroptimist study visit to Meru in 2018. Zoom provided the opportunity to attend our club meeting and to meet more of our members.
Margaret and Jane told us about the increasing numbers of teenage pregnancies resulting from the hardship of the Covid 19 pandemic. It was an interesting and disturbing picture leading to questions, a discussion and a promise to review how we can provide support for this aspect of their work.
We thank them for their inspiring input and look forward to joining one of their meetings sometime soon.