ACWW Report July 2018
Our new project 1040 “Women Empowerment Skills On Sewing Project or “Needle and Thread For The Future” is in Tanzania. Our pledge is £3,244 of which we have already raised £989.19- only £2,254.81 to go!
Many thanks to North East Cheshire Group who raised £550 in one night by their Fashion Show whose profits were given to ACWW.
The project aims to increase accessibility to vocational training opportunities for women and youth in Kigoma region. 100 women will be provided with sewing training. They will then be encouraged to form small sewing groups and ASHA will advocate for them to be recognised by the District Office.
ASHA will also attempt a meeting with the Ward Development Committee to lobby for those women groups and the importance of supporting women who have gained sewing training. The main goal of this meeting will be to convince the Committee to grant soft -loans (with a below-market rate of interest ) to the groups of women which by then would have been recognised by the Local Government. Their higher level of training and competence will significantly increase their chances to be approved for a soft-loan as well.
ACWW Report April 2018
Excellent News Ladies! We have fulfilled our pledge of £3,312 to Project 1032 in Mongolia “Women’s Economic Empowerment.
Two beneficiary groups are now producing winter boots for men, women and children, meeting customers’ orders and selling their products in the market.
The felt product group members are producing items such as woollen slippers and souvenirs. All this thanks to the purchase of an electric sewing machine and a wool combing machine as well as training and raw materials. This equipment is helping beneficiaries to increase their productivity and competitiveness as well as the variety of goods they can produce.
The collection of unwanted jewellery was a huge success and raised over £1,500. The collection of old currency and unwanted foreign coins will continue Thank you to those members who have already contributed. The recycling of these items not only benefits ACWW but also reduces the impact of mining on the environment.
Great news ladies! Generous Cheshire members have fulfilled the pledge of £5,807 to the ACWW project in The Philippines and beneficiaries will have better resources to survive the devastation of the frequent typhoons which hit them. ACWW send their thanks for your tremendous effort.
Our next project is in Mongolia at San Tus Centre we have pledged £3,312 to fund Project 1032
“Women’s Economic Empowerment”.
This project will serve to improve the business capacity of 40 low income and female -headed households in Jargalant slum
- The beneficiaries are 20 women who are engaged in boot making. They have a small workshop, have received some training but need a grant to buy an electric boot sewing machine and raw materials.
- 20 women engaged in producing wool and felt products who have also a small workshop and some training will be given a grant to buy a wool combing machine and seed materials for felt products.
These women, who are unable to get bank loans will get support in the form of business and organisational training and help with networking support to reach new markets.
In addition, the project team will conduct monthly health education training and will test the beneficiaries’ health awareness before and afterwards.
The plan is to continue cooperating with these groups in the long term to ensure that they are on a successful trajectory for sustainable growth.
FOREIGN COINS AND NOTES APPEAL
Please donate your unwanted foreign coins and notes old pound and pre- decimal coins or notes towards our pledge to ACWW. I shall be collecting them at my talks, at Federation events and you can always take them in to W.I. HQ in Chester.
Look out for the green buckets.
If you would like an ACWW penfriend, please get in touch.
Cameroon -Water as a Source of Life
Justine from Fonge Women’s group at the ACWW conference
I am very pleased to be able to give you the final report from project 0977 Cameroon -Water as a Source of Life
Fonge Women’s Group reports that they have successfully implemented this project and that 4,000 women,3,000 men and 6,000 children are directly benefitting.
The water technicians who were working on the project have confirmed that the final connections are in place and that the water source provided should be capable of providing water to the community throughout the year.
200 beneficiaries who registered for the project’s training programme have been trained in new agricultural techniques,including improved irrigation and managing a seedling nursery; they are seeing an increase in food production. The training programme has also included the preparation of crops such as cassava into ` Gari` (similar to tapioca) and the preservation of vegetables. They are selling their products in local markets and have a better income than before.
Other community groups received training in maintaining a clean environment and personal hygiene. As a result the incidence of diseases such as typhoid and malaria has been reduced.
The Group believes that the project will be very sustainable as the knowledge from the training is being shared among the wider community. The technical committee set up to manage the project closely followed the Monitoring and Evaluation Plan agreed between the group and ACWW at its commencement and has done an excellent job reports Fonge Women’s Group.
ACWW Project 1,009
Country – Kenya
Project – Lifting Socio-Economic Status of Young Mothers through Revolving Dairy Goat Farming
Cheshire Federation Pledge £1,156
Ufanasi Women’s Group reports that this project has been successful in its aims of raising the income level of the beneficiary families and improving the nutrition level of the children ,in ,particular in those families.
The 20 beneficiaries constructed goat houses with help from other community members and the Project Implementation Committee of UWG.
20 female goats and one male were purchased and the females distributed,one to each to the women beneficiaries, The male was assigned to the care of one beneficiary.
The women have received regular field visits from the Project Implementation Committee and from the Mabanga Farmers Centre volunteers,who have given advice on caring for the goats and farming techniques.
Around one to three months after the goats started lactating,an evaluation was carried out as to the level of income,nutrition and agricultural outputs of the beneficiaries and it was compared to the baseline survey.It was found that each beneficiary is getting around 2.8 litres of milk a day from her goat:the women are selling over half of this,after using some to feed their families.They are using the manure from their goats to fertilise their kitchen gardens and are enjoying more nutritious vegetables from these.The health of the beneficiaries’ children is improving considerably and the signs of malnutrition which were prevalent are gradually disappearing.
It is expected that this project will be sustainable because the women are repaying 1,000KSh per month to the project so that additional women can receive training and a goat:also the kids will be sold to benefit the project until the valua of the women’s loans have been repaid.
Over 350 other women from Kisawa and the surrounding districts have visited the project beneficiaries and learned from them about dairy goat farming at no cost.
Judith Sibolo,one of the beneficiaries ” Dairy goat project was like a miracle to me because it came at a time when I really needed goat milk and couldn’t afford it,manure from my dairy goat has doubled my backyard kitchen garden yields and I can now sell some to earn some income.I have earned respect in the community,esteem and now I feel that my sickness is slowly disappearing”
Thank you Cheshire Members.
Country Leyte Province ,The Phillipines
Project:Women’s Action Against Climate Change and Hunger
Society: Water,Agroforestry,Nutrition and Development (WAND)
Cheshire W.I. Pledge £5,807
WAND reports that there is a severe need in typhoon-affected Leyte province for a reliable water source, At present the inhabitants of Hugpa and Mahayahayn distrscts have to walk 1,5 hours downhill to fetch water in small containers and then carry the water back uphill. This task falls mainly to women.
The plan ,following a proposal from a community member,is to constuct two water harvesting tanks from concrete and iron which can withstand typhoons. These will be installed on buildings with large roofs,e.g. schools,health centres and district halls.50 latrines will be constructed for women-led families,whose members currently defecate in the open as they have no alternative.It is hoped that the beneficiaries will enjoy better health as a result of the availability of water and latrines.
Finally,200 women beneficiaries will receive training in vegetable gardening ,and use of open-pollinated vegetables( as opposed to hybrid varieties) will be an important element of this ,as it will mean that the gardeners can obtain seeds season after season.They will be taught to grow plants from seed and thus have a sustainable and cost-effective source of food.
The organisation will use trainers from the Albuera Municipality Department of Agroculture. A pre-project assessment and checklist/questionnaire will be used at intervals during the project implementation to track progress.
Please continue to collect “Pennies For Friendship “ which is always a very important part of our efforts.Without continued support from members it would not be able to sustain the critical work it does worldwide.
When you have an amount in excess of £20 ,please send a cheque made out to “ACWW” to W,I, House if you send it directly to ACWW in London it will not go to our Cheshire sponsored project but into a general fund..
Here are some ideas from ACWW should you wish to raise money.
1. Count the number of sinks and toilets at home – much of the world has no clean,safe water! For each donate 25p.
2. Measure your height . Many children in the developing world suffer from malnutrition and stunted growth.For each centimetre /inch give 5/10p.
3. Count the plug sockets in your house. Technology is a huge luxury that makes our lives easier every day. For each socket give 5p.
4. How many pairs of shoes do you have? Millions of children around the world have no choice but to go barefoot. For each pair give 20p/50p.
5, Fine yourself 50p each time your mobile or watch alarm goes off in a meeting or other social gathering !
“BRING YOUR BLING”
A big thank you to all those who donated jewellery,watches and some interesting items to the appeal. 15 sacks have been sent to be recycled,some brooches sold at the CFWI Council Meeting and some at The Royal Cheshire Show raising, at last count, over £1,500. A wonderful achievement.
Please contact me if you would like to have a talk on the work of ACWW in 2018/19 .
ACWW has a uniquely down to earth approach, working in partnership with its members and member societies; ACWW offers mutual support, friendship and practical help to women and communities around the world. ACWW believe that peace and progress can best be advanced by friendship and understanding through communication and working together to improve the quality of life for all people through:
- Relief of poverty
- Relief of sickness and the protection and preservation of health
- Protection of the vulnerable
- Advancement of education
Woman Dairy Farmer in Trinidad & Tobago
Completed Products Packaged for Sale
Completed Piece of Patchwork
Handmade Christmas Decorations
Knitted dolls for the Witbank Projact
Knitted toys ready for distribution
Knitting ladies at work in the Skirlik Township
Products for sale in the boutique
Some of the trainees at Amphia
Cheshire Federation members work together to support ACWW with collections and fund raising. The Projects which have been completed are as follows:
ACWW Project 1009 Kenya
Lifting Socio-economic Status of Young Mother through Revolving Dairy Goat Farming
Money raised £1,156
ACWW Project 0977 Cameroon
Community Water Relief and Improvement of Community Standards
Money raised £4,658
ACWW Project 0844 Sri Lanka
Training of young rural women of Sri Lanka in small income generating enterprises.
Money raised £2,560
ACWW Project 0842 Cameroon
Dry season vegitable cultivation for pregnant women in Mafe.
Money raised £3,332
ACWW Project 0896 Cameroon
Empowerment of women and youth through capacity building for self-reliance in four communities in Cameroon.
Money raised £3,000
ACWW Project 0921 Cambodia
Rural women livelihood development.
Money raised £2,398
ACWW Project 0925 South Africa
My Name is Woman. Training women in six core activities: leadership, health, education, financial literacy, social literacy and basic business skills. The project benefitted 200,000 women.
Money raised £6,000
ACWW Project 0969 Trinidad and Tobago
A revolving loan facility for rural women farmers.
Money raised £6,000