Box For Life

Box For Life

Box4Life: Pregnancy and childbirth are some of the most painful and difficult experiences that a woman can go through.

 

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Dignity Kits

Dignity Kits

The Dignity Kits contained everything these women need to manage their periods in a sanitary and hygienic manner. They included a menstrual cup or pack of sanitary towels, soap, shampoo and toothpaste.

 

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The Problem

The ongoing Syrian conflict has displaced millions of people, leaving them with no choice but to live in dire conditions in refugee camps. They must survive without basic everyday essentials, such as food and water. More than 50% of these refugees are women, who experience periods and other natural life cycles just like other women across the world.

Women who are fleeing for their lives don’t stop to think about underwear and sanitary products. But dignity presents itself in the smallest of things – a toothbrush, toothpaste, bar of soap, sanitary pads and shampoo. Such small things go so far to improve a woman’s quality of life.

Lack of water, hygiene and sanitation facilities affect not only women in emergencies, but those living in communities all around the world. The implications of this issue are far reaching and can be deadly.

Lack of hygiene products forces girls to miss out on education

For girls, the absence of feminine hygiene products forces them to miss out on any vital education available to them. Without the means to manage their personal hygiene, girls are deprived of the opportunity to pursue their dreams. Some trade sex for the money to buy hygiene products, risking ostracisation and pregnancy. Others don’t attend school on the days of their periods to avoid the shame and embarassment of leakages. Those that do attend are less likely to participate.

Lack of hygiene products can lead to health complications

Across the world, women who can’t afford proper menstrual hygiene products seek to use whatever is available as a substitute. In Bangladesh, millions of women working in the garment industry use spare rags, often freshly dyed and chemically charged. In rural communities across Africa, girls using leaves or rags are susceptible to infections and even infertility.

Lack of hygiene products puts girls at risk of sexual assault and human trafficking

Without sanitation faciltiies and menstrual hygiene products, women and girls often use the cover of darkness to deal with their periods and other hygiene needs. In some communities where the stigma of menstruation is particulalry great, women and girls go deep into forests to bury used menstrual products. Sexual predators often take advantage of these situations and instances of sexual assault and rape are high. In refugee camps, human traffickers abduct women and girls during the night, and those who leave their shelters are at far greater risk.

Our Impact

As part of our efforts to help and restore dignity to women and assist in the maintenance of their basic life, we worked with on-the-ground partners to distribute essential hygiene items to these women living in camps in Lebanon and Syria. Last year we distributed 450 kits, and this year through your generous donations, we’re set to deliver a further 700 packs.

The Dignity Kits contained everything these women need to manage their periods in a sanitary and hygienic manner. They included a menstrual cup or pack of sanitary towels, soap, shampoo and toothpaste

Islamic Farming

Islamic Farming

Global One’s flagship Islamic Farming project was a 5-month pilot project that implemented sustainable farming techniques. We empowered farmers, particularly women, to become self-sufficient and support their families.

We used our Islamic Farming Toolkit to train 20 local farmers and 20 orphan girls in sustainable agricultural techniques through using afaith-based approach, and providing them with land, tools and livestock.

Our Impact

Since the training, the average yield of the farmers increased by 49%. The project improved the livelihoods of the local community and decreased food wastage. It also helped to preserve our planet through implementing eco-friendly farming methods, such as the use of natural fertilisers.

This project created employment opportunities in agriculture for impoverished workers, as well as providing sustainable livelihoods for beneficiaries and their families.

Global One is super excited to finally launch Pinspire today!

Global One is super excited to finally launch Pinspire today!

Purchase a pin today to help an orphan girl in Bangladesh secure a brighter future and break away from the cycle of poverty!

Global One is super excited to finally launch Pinspire today!!

Global One is selling Pinspire’s beautiful hand-made hijab pins and shawl broaches!

Pinspire volunteers currently design, make and sell these pins within the local Bangladeshi community. The raised funds enable 26 orphan girls in Bangladesh to receive private tuition ensuring access to quality education. While 60% of money raised facilitates access to educational opportunities, the remaining 40% is fed back into the project for the materials required for pin production – this is therefore self-sustaining and all proceeds directly cover educational fees or are reinvested to maintain the initiative itself.

    

Thanks to Global One’s support, the pins will reach a broader audience and increase the funds raised, in turn accelerating the girls’ access to higher quality education.

Purchase a pin today to help an orphan girl in Bangladesh secure a brighter future and break away from the cycle of poverty!

To purchase a pin please follow the link to Global One’s shop here:
https://shop.globalone.org.uk/gb/

 

       

News: Putting Faith in Empowerment

News: Putting Faith in Empowerment

“True empowerment begins with empowering one’s self.” Powerful article on lessons of female empowerment from the Quran derived from our Islam and Public Health toolkit from former GO Asia Programme Manager, Aleena Khan.

Putting Faith in Empowerment

One of the most commonly used proverbs, which can also be derived from the Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is “charity begins at home”. Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said, “The best alms is that which you give when you are rich, and you should support your dependants first.” (Sahih Bukhari)

While many non-profit organisations rightly focus on development projects abroad, it is also vitally important to work within our local communities here in the UK. There are so many issues, particularly around women’s issues and mental health, which are left ignored even within developed countries. In light of this, Global One hosted the Empowering Women series, a series of events in London focusing on women empowerment and therapeutic healing from the Quran and Sunnah. At these events, women learned about the importance of looking after their own health needs, both physical and mental so that they are empowered to play an active and positive role in their family and community.

The underlying principle is that faith is an important part of the lives of many, and can be used as a positive force to bring about behavioural and societal change. The “faith-based” or “faith-inspired” approach is becoming increasingly popular among Muslim NGOs in their programs. Yet we often shy away from using it for women’s empowerment because of the narrative that has been portrayed about Islam and the treatment of women.

While working with Global One on an Islam and Public Health toolkit that focuses on self empowerment for the benefit of women’s and children’s health, I realised that we don’t need to look any further than the Quran to find inspiration for female empowerment.

Read the rest of the article here