Yorkits now active in Addis Adaba, Ethiopia

Working in partnership with the Saltergate Children's Homes charity, Yorkits is now active in Addis Adaba, Ethiopia


This photopgraph shows excited Kenyan girls with their newly made Yorkits.

 Yorkits now active in Addis Adaba, Ethiopia

York Ainsty Rotarians (RYA) and their supporters, through Yorkits - one of the club’s showcase projects - are aiding abandoned and orphaned children in Addis Adaba, Ethiopia. 

The Yorkits initiative provides inspiration, templates and instructions. These enable sewers in Addis Adaba to make and distribute the washable feminine hygiene kits out of locally sourced materials. Details of the Rotary York Ainsty Yorkits initiative are included below.

The Ethiopian youngsters have been rescued from begging on the streets and given food, shelter, medical attention and education as part of the Saltergate Children’s Home project. 

In some cases the widowed mothers with their babies  and small children are also ‘rescued’, with one former seamstress now making the kits with a donated sewing machine. It is hoped, with the guidance and assistance of the Saltergate Home team, that she will be able to help older girls to take on this project and make their own kits and, maybe, sell, them to other local women.

Rotary York Ainsty has been cooperating on this project with Rotary Bradford Blaize, who have long supported the Saltergate Home, which is now catering for more than 60 children in this war-torn area of Ethiopia - an area that even UNICEF, Save the Children and Oxfam are struggling to get into to help.

Yorkits is a Rotary-run community 'hands-on' project which involves a range of volunteers coming together to make washable, easy-to-use, feminine hygiene kits for girls in developing countries - and it goes from strength to strength. 

In many developing countries, due to poverty, girls have no feminine hygiene provision and cannot go to school during menstruation, therefore missing out large parts of their education. Yorkits, therefore, aims to help by providing them with access to uninterrupted schooling.  

Yorkits runs workshops and uses brightly patterned cottons to make up the eco-friendly, low-cost cleverly designed kits, which are packed into attractive drawstring bags and which last each girl typically for up to three years. 

It's work supporting the Saltergate Home project means that Eithiopia is now the 13th African country where Yorkits is working to change the lives of women and girls.

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CONTACT Rtn Issy Sanderson for further information.  

E-mail: issyarts2@gmail.com

Telephone: 01904 790064

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