With a great Programme Action Officer within our team we have every reason to contribute in so many ways, large and small, to keep ACTION at the heart of what we do throughout the year.
Currently one of our members is making Syringe Driver Bags for Cancer patients at Ipswich Hospital. We have been delighted by the response to our request for material to make these – instead of boring plain white we have received from the public some very snazzy, quality materials that are much appreciated by the patients. To date we have supplied a total of over 400 and there are a more in the pipeline.
We have a range of on-going projects at LOCAL level including working closely with both our local hospice and women’s refuge AND Suffolk Refugee Support, including a Bursary to help those who are ready to go back to work with funds to assist with the payment for a course or key equipment. In the past we have assisted some of the abused women to be creative through art and writing about their experiences, culminating in a book ‘Every Six Seconds’.
As part of the London Anglia Region we have raised funds to train up nurses to work at an HIV hospital in S. Africa; helped to fund a simple medical procedure to help eradicate ‘Jiggers’, a parasite that particularly affects children who walk bare foot as it stops them being able to go to school; in Kenya; and supporting HIV Orphans in Zimbabwe to go to school – a costly business in that country.
At NATIONAL level supporting our Federations Presidents’ campaigns such as ‘See Solar, Cook Solar’ working in specific locations where electricity is almost non-existent. The provision of solar lamps and ovens should enable women to study, work and have the opportunity to improve their lives significantly. The Meru Garden Project in Kenya trained women to Market Garden – how to grow, how to market and how to sell their produce. We have raised funds to re-build education in Nepal after the devastating earthquake reduced some schools to rubble.
Why not come along to one of our meetings to find out what a difference you could make too.