Period Poverty Project
The latest project we are planning with Village by Village is a "Period Poverty" project in a few remote villages in Togo. Currently many girls in remote African communities stop going to school when they reach puberty because of issues with starting menstruation - this is happening earlier and earlier as the age of starting puberty reduces.
This project aims to address these issues to allow these girls to continue in education. All the research shows that staying in education longer significantly reduces early age pregnancies and reduces the average number of children born to women in these communities. This allows these women to take a greater role in the future of their communities. Our current fund-raising activities are directed towards this project.
Village by Village
The Rotary Club of Derby have been working alongside a charity called Village by Village in Ghana. During the Club's Centenary Year we supported a Girl Empowerment programme which was a huge success.
Our fundraising efforts have supported two projects in Ghana, firstly a donation of classroom equipment for a school in Abenta, Ghana (£2000 donation including match funding from a District Grant).
We were then able to support a school in Abo Abo in Ghana to have safe drinking water. Our partners, Village by Village had provided new handwashing facilities for the school through their Clean Hands Save Lives programme which saw the introduction of water tanks to collect rainwater that children could use to wash their hands at school, water was collected into large water butts
This caused a problem because children were drinking water which, while safe to wash with, wasn't the best to drink, as it washed off the roof where there were dead animals or animal faeces.
The Club, through their fundraising efforts which include their Fun Wine Quiz, as well as a matching grant from Rotary Foundation ensured that the amount of harvested water was doubled, that the water was made safe through the correct filtration systems and that a new push tap was installed to remove any waste by children leaving the tap running.
Love in a Box Shoebox Scheme with Teams4U
In 2019 we also launched the "Love In A Box" shoebox scheme to replace the Operation Christmas Child scheme with lots of support from our club members, a project that we have repeated in 2020 with great success, collecting 1600 shoeboxes filled with gifts, even during the pandemic, please see our article below.
Other noticable donations in 2019/2020