President’s Message


Welcome to Soroptimist International Malta

 

Women serving the global community.

Human rights for all, Equality, Development and Peace

A Spirit of Friendship and Service

S I Malta was chartered in 1993 and from the very beginning has been involved in philanthropic work in various sections of the local community. Soroptimist – from the Latin, Soro for sister and optimist – the best of, embodies the values of our organisation – the best of sisters working to help other women achieve their best. As a Non- Governmental Organisation we have always worked to further the interests of women and children in the local community as well as overseas, actively initiating and supporting Soroptimist Projects.

As an NGO our only funds come from fundraising activities and the funds we generate are ploughed back into the local charities and projects that we believe might benefit from our assistance. Over the years we have helped various local organisations such as INSPIRE, the Organ Transplant Group, Malta Girl Guides, Richmond Foundation, Shelters for Women and Children, Hospice and Breast Cancer support groups. Usually we give money to support specific projects that organisations are involved with or where there is obvious need; for example we raised funds to purchase two Accuvein machines for use on the Children’s ward in Mater Dei. These machines help to alleviate the pain and discomfort children suffer when they are having intravenous interventions.

We network with groups trying to improve the lot of young people and girls so that they can raise their aspirations and achieve their potential. Recently we have joined a forum initiated by the President of Malta where gender imbalance is the focus and are seeking ways to impact on women’s greater participation in public life. We also offer support to the elderly, encouraging active ageing, by organising seminars and meetings in various localities.

As a member of an international organisation, our club also participates in activities that Soroptimist International (SI) chooses to support. Over recent years we have contributed to such international projects as ‘the Big Project’ (Birthing in the Gambia) aimed at helping to decrease the rate of infant and mother mortality; ‘See Solar, Cook Solar’, another project, has educated women about renewable energy and provided them with solar lanterns and cookers. The Meru Garden project, a collaboration between SI, Child.org and the women of Meru, Kenya, is the latest initiative where women are helped to become self -sufficient through the land. The project aims to create sustainable gardening techniques and provide tools for enabling women to become mentors and pioneers of agricultural sustainability within the community. We also educate girls on their rights, empowering them to stand up to damaging cultural practices like FGM.

We welcome like-minded women so to find out more about our club and our global organisation look on Facebook and at sigbi.org We hope to see you soon!

 

 

Dot. Hunter,

President of S I Malta