Worcestershire WIs, in addition to Pennies for Friendship, have supported Special Projects.
Worcestershire Federation would like to invite your WI to take part in this special fund raising project to raise £3,000 over 2 years for the “New Hope Gardening Project” in Zimbabwe, Southern Africa.
The project has been designed to address the lack of a reliable water supply to a community vegetable garden which has already been established. At present water is available from a nearby stream but it is seasonal. Crops can only be grown during the rainy season when the stream contains water.The community also uses the stream for their drinking water but this is hazardous for their health.
The plan is to drill a 50-metre borehole using a specialist service provider, and to install a solar pump to pump the water to the surface. A water tank and new fencing will also be installed.
Workshops will be held to train the beneficiaries on disease-prevention, health awareness, and organic farming. Local government Agricultural Extension Officers and Health Workers will assist with the workshops.
It is hoped that as a result of this project, the beneficiaries will enjoy better health with an improved diet and safe water, and that they will be able to grow cash crops as well as having plenty of vegetables with which to feed their families.
I know that many of you already support projects but I do hope that you will be able to find room for one more. Clean and available water is so important for everyone but especially for children and in particular girls who are usually the main water collectors in a family. Having water readily available gives them time to go to school in addition to the health and sanitation benefits.
Please get in touch if you would like more details and if you would like me to visit your WI. It would be good if we could share your WI’s fund raising ideas.
ACWW is so worthwhile and your support for it gives help and support to Women who would otherwise not be able to find funding for their particular project
Federation ACWW Representative