Fostering International understanding is an important aspect of our service in Inner
Wheel. Many of us will be hosting guests from overseas, hearing speakers or visiting
charity projects abroad. Our service also includes providing help for those in great
need, whether in developing countries or in areas which have suffered because of
war or natural disaster.
This year District 9 is supporting
“Women and Girls”
This is a newly formed charity whose aim is to give women and girls in India comfort,
dignity and freedom, by enabling females of all ages to fulfil their potential by
ending period poverty, Having periods is the most natural thing in the world but
in some places this natural process means that girls miss days from school each month
and often drop out of school altogether and women often stay at home and lose work
days. Many women and girls resort to using rags, leaves and in some cases soil. This
isn’t right and this charity is doing something about it and they need our help.
The provision of Saafkins, a culturally and geographically sensitive solution is
already helping many to become healthier, happier and free to fulfil their potential.
What is a Saafkin? It consists of a washable pad made from anti bacterial fabric
which enables it to be washed even in unclean water and this is attached to a belt.
£5.00 will provide a woman with a year’s supply of these saffkins.
The District International Service
committee hopes to inspire each club
to organise some imaginative fundraising
in the coming year towards this worthwhile
Latest News from the charity
An alternative product is in the process of being manufactured. It is also an anti
bacterial product but is a self cleaning pad. Prices and distribution costs are being
discussed and it is hoped that this product will prove more suitable for those women
living in slums.
Our annual International Service Rally and Tea was held on 16th May 2019 in Benson
Parish Hall. The founder of ‘Women and Girls’ spoke to us about their work at this
The pandemic has prevented us from hearing a guest speaker in person during 2022/21
but we look forward to meeting at another International Service Rally and Tea in
GIVING SERVICE IN PRACTICAL WAYS OVER THE YEARS
We had a District day of Service to pack items in bags for School in a Bag, the chosen
charity for 2015/16. Members from all over the District came to Benson Parish Hall
with a packed lunch and enjoyed the friendship and fun of working together and giving
‘hands on’ service to our chosen charity.
We also gave practical help and service to Educaid when we made cotton sleeping bags
for the children living at the charity’s free schools. Our members collected donated
sheets and duvet covers, washed, ironed and sewed these together. Over 400 sleeping
bags were then shipped to Sierra Leone from District 9.
Well done everyone!
DONATIONS OF GOODS
Donations of spectacles and stamps are needed for other International charities.
For the coming year we shall collect items at our District Meetings to be distributed
directly to the needy overseas - watch this space for details of the new charity
we shall be supporting.
We supported the work of BEKIND, a small charity working withstreet children in
Eastern Europe, with donations of children’s clothes, school stationery, toiletries
and blankets for a number of years.