© Inner Wheel District 9 - 2013  Registered charity number 1025058

Inner Wheel District 9
Covering Three Counties in the UK - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire

International Theme 2021/22   ‘Stronger women, stronger world’

INTERNATIONAL SERVICE


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 charity.





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 event.


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 2021/22.

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         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!

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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 with street children in Eastern Europe, with donations of children’s clothes, school stationery, toiletries and blankets for a number of years.