Links with South Africa
We support two projects in South Africa in cooperation with our Friendship Link Soroptimist Clubs.
Volunteering in Pretoria/Tshwane (VIP)
We were able to connect with the SI Club in Pretoria/Tshwane during the recent SI Southern England Region meeting. We saw a video of the interns we support as they openied the school after the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.
Andile and Koketso are delighted to be able to stay on at the school. They will gain more experience, thanks to the additional funding from SI Southern England Region. We were able to see and hear for ourselves how bright, cheerful and enthusiastic these young women are.
“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.
At present, SI Southern England (SISE) is sponsoring two young women from a Pretoria township. They are working in a local school where the head teacher is a Soroptimist. So we are giving them work and life experiences they could not otherwise have. The two young women we support have done so well that the SI Southern England Region decided to extend the funding for another school year.
The project is a great opportunity for them to acquire new skills that will be useful in their future career in a different environment.
We are pleased to be one of the Clubs in Soroptimist International Southern Region giving financial support to this project.
More information is available on the Regional website: www.sigbi.org/southern-england.