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.
Our club held a ‘Gardening Afternoon Tea’ in September 2016, raising £600.00 for the project. At our recent Charter Lunch we invited the Project Liaison Officer, Patricia Gatherum, to speak to us and raised a further £448.00 from ticket sales and by holding a Photographic Competition and Raffle.
One of our members, Jodie, has recently been on the first Study Tour to visit the project. At our meeting on 4th June she gave an interesting presentation to our members and guests about the progress that has been made since the project was launched.