Meru Women’s Garden Project – 2016-2019
This 3 year project is being supported by all of the clubs in our Soroptimist Federation after being chosen at our Conference in 2015. It will support some of the poorest women-led households in the Meru District of Kenya and focuses on providing women and girls with the opportunity to earn an income, thus giving them status within their community. We have partnered for this project with the charity Child.org
By teaching agricultural skills women will be able to improve food production, thereby reducing extreme hunger, enabling self-sufficiency and sustainable gardens. It will also improve girls attendance and achievement at secondary school by the creation of breakfast clubs.
One of our members, Jodie, visited the Meru project in Kenya on a Soroptimist International Study Tour in 2018, and has delivered a number of presentations to different groups to provide an update and learnings from the Tour.
SI Chester has held a number of fundraising activities over the time period of the project raising £2108: including raffles, gardening-themed afternoon tea, a photography competition to celebrate our second anniversary as a Club and donations from members and from EasyFundraising Cashback