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December 10th Appeal

“Can you imagine finding time to earn your living if you had to spend hours every day collecting firewood?  Or how you would study with no electric light in the evening?  One quarter of the world’s population do not have reliable access to electricity; 70% of these are women and girls living in developing countries.

Cooking“I first became aware of the scale of this problem at CSW in New York in 2012. Several side events highlighted the health implications of the continued use of firewood in generating poisonous air pollution and the perpetual darkness which prevents women and girls from learning. It is a problem that will only get worse with the diminished availability of firewood in the very near future for rural communities in Africa, Asia, and South America.

“That is why I have chosen to support projects providing women with education on renewable sources of energy and solar cookers and lanterns for my December 10 Appeal.

“The Soroptimist International President’s December 10th Appeal was the brainchild of Catharine Salt in 1982, the first Scottish President of Soroptimist International and my mentor, the principal aim being for Soroptimists globally to focus on those less fortunate than themselves by denying themselves of the “treats of life”.

“The appeal has been embraced by every International President since and supported by Soroptimists from all four Federations. I have for the first time consulted and floated with the International Programme Team my vision, to enable, empower and engage women and girls in primary education and lifelong learning.

“By financing green solar power and promoting and enabling education and life long learning for women and girls, we will help many more women and girls to fulfil their dreams. See Solar, Cook Solar will be launched on 10 December  2013. The chosen project is ‘Going Solar’ to give cooking pots and lanterns to women and girls.  SI Europe have already shown the benefits that this project can bring.”

To kick start the campaign, Ann has pledged £1,000 and agreed to do a sky dive – she will be looking for sponsors! 

To donate to this Appeal, either complete the donation form in the left hand side panel of this webpage, or send a cheque, made payable to SIGBI Limited, to SIGBI Ltd, 2nd Floor, Beckwith House, 1 Wellington Road North, Stockport, SK4 1AF.  Include a note to say that it is for the International President’s Appeal.

For further information about the Appeal, read the leaflet.

Past International President Appeals

Past projects have provided: Birthing in the Pacific, aid for refugees in camps in Malaysia; protection and help for women AIDS sufferers in Uganda and the Ukraine; scholarships for girls in Mongolia and Rwanda; vocational training programmes and shelter for vulnerable women and children in Paraguay; education and nutrition for abandoned children in Vietnam; malaria protection for pregnant women and young children in Benin, West Africa; enhanced access to education for girls in impoverished areas of Pakistan and support for long term patients at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia.