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 chose Thobile as the best candidate for the 2022-23 internship. She is newly qualified in social but did not immediately find work. She now has a placement with a psychologist centre in the Pretoria/Tshwane area. Thobile reports that she is enjoying her first task. She is helping to make videos for a psychosocial online support programme. The programme covers a wide range of mental health issues and topics. Thobile is pleased to be learning how to communicate on psychological topics. She now has experience in successfully realising that form of communication. The South Africa Soroptimist VIP team is monitoring and supporting her. Thobile says she is glad to learn more about Soroptimist International too.
“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.
During 2019-21, SI Southern England (SISE) 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. At the end of the placement, both girls 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: www.sigbi.org/southern-england.