International Women’s Day seemed a very fitting date to launch the Meru Women’s Garden Project, which aims to empower women and girls in Meru County, Kenya.
The project was selected at conference to be SIGBI’s Federation Project 2016-2019. The project is organised in partnership with Child.org and their delivery partners Community Initatives for Rural Development (CIFORD).
SI Canterbury, who designed and delivered the winning project pitch at conference, celebrated the launch by hosting a three-course dinner. The event was attended by 70 supporters, who were treated to a delicious menu and enjoyed entertainment from the Maridadi singers and drummers, who performed African music.
Attendees included current Project Liaison Rayner Rees and Child.org representatives Managing Director Thomas Muirhead and Operations Manager Kim Montgomery. Thomas gave a speech outlining the partnership and how the project will educate, empower and enable the women of Meru. Child.org were then presented with funds which clubs have already been busy raising for the project; £1,000 was donated by SI Canterbury, £250 by SI Northwich and District and €500 by SI Versailles via the Friendship Link. This was a wonderful start to the project fundraising, working toward raising enough funds to train the initial group of women in life-changing agricultural skills.
There was an atmosphere of excitement for the future of the project, with lots of buzz around upcoming fundraisers, including summer Garden Parties and the World’s Biggest Supper Club in October. SI Canterbury will be raising further funds for the project at Thank You For The Music on July 11th.
The evening was a wonderful celebration of women, the project and the partnership. If you have a fundraising idea or any questions, please contact the Project Liaison Officer or your Region's Ambassador.