Details of international projects which which we have been involved.
Kuhlahla School, Swaziland
The club's major international project over the three year period 2012 - 2014 was to support the Kuhlahla Community Primary School in Swaziland. It is located in the HoHo region in the northern part of the country, a mountainous area where the community depends on subsistence farming and some forestry. The school has 280 children, 146 boys and 134 girls. Of these 66 are orphans while a number of others are classified as vulnerable.
To add to the international flavor, this was a joint venture with our former twin Club in France, St. Gratien. Together we have donated around £8500 (including a $1000 District Grant) for the provision of a library, the giving of assistance in developing a self-sufficient vegetable garden and protecting it from marauding animals and providing school uniforms for all pupils and shoes for those children most in need.
Health for all- India
This charity, founded by the doctors, staff and patients at the Bridge and Littlebourne Health Centres in Canterbury to preserve health and relieve sickness and suffering in the less developed countries of the world, supports partnership projects in India and Africa. Working in Bihar, India in partnership with People First, a local Indian NGO, successful developments have included bringing nurse and doctor clinics to many villages, supporting health education and immunisation programmes and poverty alleviation through women’s self-help groups. Recent work with UNICEF has led to an opportunity to develop a “model project” for rural health care in Bihar. Health for All is also active in promoting the idea of “partnership projects” to assist in holistic health improvements in the developing world.
Every year our club makes a significant contribution to the work of this Charity in Bihar, usually around £1,500..
Shelter Box World-wide
Shelter boxes are sent to disaster areas around the world as required. The sturdy green ShelterBoxes are designed to help people who have lost everything. They are filled with practical tools and utensils that help to create the framework for everyday life.
Each contains a family-sized tent that protects people from the elements and provides a safe space in which people can start to recover from physical and emotional trauma.
The contents differ depending on the disaster and the climate, but items such as solar lights, water storage and purification equipment, thermal blankets and cooking utensils help start the process of creating a home.
We aim to provide funds to provide at least two shelter boxes each year. The main fund raising event for this cause is a quiz evening held by one of our members in his home.