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Links with South Africa

We support projects in South Africa in cooperation with our Friendship Link Soroptimist Clubs.

Barbara Watts Volunteering in Pretoria/Tshwane (VIP) Project


Our Friendship Link SI Club in Pretoria-Tshwane have a candidate for the 2022-23 internship. A young lady who is a newly qualified social worker has been unable to find a job yet.  If she does not find an occupation soon, the skills she has acquired may well be lost.  We can remedy that by offering her sponsorship for a year.  She will spend that time in a company with strong Soroptimist connections and be able to practise her new skills.  In addition The South Africa VIP team will monitor her closely and support her.


“We have changed lives for the better”

Some years ago, the Soroptimist clubs in Southern England launched a joint project to offer a short internship to 18-25 year-olds.  Sue Dyer and the late Barbara Watts developed the idea.  SI southern Region funds the project and ensures its rollout.  Our Friendship Link Club in South Africa makes the local arrangements.  SI Pretoria/Tshwane selects the applicants from their local area and supervises their progress.

For the last two years, SI Southern England (SISE) has sponsored two young women from a Pretoria township. They worked in a local school  where the head teacher is a Soroptimist, gaining professional and life experiences they could not otherwise have.  The two young women did so well in the first year that the SI Southern England Region decided to extend their funding for another school year.  Now both girls have won a place to study at university – a great outcome for them and for us!

We are pleased to be one of the Clubs in Soroptimist International Southern Region that gave financial support to this project. 

More information is available on the Regional website: