Unless you have been living under a rock for the past two months, I don’t think that the bloggersphere could have failed to notice the epic awesomeness that is Team Honk and all that they are doing for Sports Relief.
When I helped out with Comic Relief last year and agreed to receive a digital postcard, I received not one but two and when I saw that this time around they were off again I knew I had to opt in. This time it was a Team Honk Digital postcard from Tanzania – it was the least I could do. Penny, Annie and Tanya are out there to highlight the projects that have been funded by your donations to Comic Relief to enable women in Tanzania get jobs, start businesses and secure a good financial future for their families This is particularly apt because the 8th March is International Womens Day #iwd2014. They are there to support the #lastingchange that our money can make. So if you have sponsored any area of Team Honk over the last two years…thank you…thank you so much. It makes my appearance in that inflatable horse costume so very worth it.
Only a small amount of money is what is needed to help people turn their lives around and the Gatsby Trust helps to train and mentor women to get their businesses off the ground. Women such as Eliafura.
Annie, Tanya and Penny tell us:
Eliafura makes the most beautiful batiks and tie dyed material. With the support of the Gatsby Trust Eliafura has registered her business and learned important health and safety rules around the chemicals she uses. Eliafura now also trains other women in the village who bring material to her and she shows them how to create these beautiful patterns. They sell easily to not only local schools where teachers like to buy them but also overseas. We bought her entire stock because we loved them all so much and are now working out how to sell them on so we can complete the circle of donation, funding, training, selling, donating.
So, why women?
- 70% of the world’s poorest people are women and they own only 1% of the world’s property.
- Nearly 50% of all sexual assaults worldwide are against girls aged 15 years or younger
- Domestic violence is the largest cause of women’s injury and death – leading to more deaths and disability among women aged 15-44 than malaria, war, traffic accidents and cancer.
- The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that female genital mutilation (FGM) has affected as many as 138 million women and girls in Africa, and the numbers continue to rise every year.
- Many women and girls have poor access to education and about two thirds of all illiterate people are women.
How you can help to support these women to continue to make a livelihood:
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DONATE You can help create #lastingchange by sponsoring #teamhonkrelay for Sport Relief
GET INVOLVED Join up for your local Sport Relief event here.
Thanks for helping to create #lastingchange
Watch this video recorded by Tanya, Penny and Annie showcasing some of the products that the women in Tanzania have made, including some from Eliafura.