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/

 

       

Strengthening sanitation and livelihoods in Rwanda

Strengthening sanitation and livelihoods in Rwanda

rwandaInsights into GO’s efforts to empower communities in Rwanda to have access to good sanitation education and facilities and to be self-sufficient through sustainable partner projects in the region.

As part of our efforts to empower communities and strengthen people’s knowledge of hygiene practices, Global One supported three different projects in Rwanda. These projects were delivered in partnership with the Rwanda Village Concept Project (RVCP), a non-profit, voluntary organization run by passionate students of the University of Rwanda. Their mission is to improve the standard of living in underprivileged communities and build the capacity of participating students.

The projects focused mainly on WASH practices, with the construction of VIP latrine facilities and the house to house teaching of sanitary practices such as handwashing. In addition, the livelihood beekeeping project enabled 30 beneficiaries to improve their living standards.

The beekeeping project

rwandaAt Global One, we believe that empowering women is key to transforming their communities, and this project is a clear example of how it can be done. In fact, the beekeeping project has reached 30 beneficiaries, mostly widows and young single mothers, and is providing them the means to support themselves.

Bees are critical to the ecosystem and a fantastic livelihood means for many. Their importance is particularly high in Rwanda, where our beekeeping project improves the standard of living in a chosen community in the Huye Sector, Huye District.

Before the starting of the practical activities, the beneficiaries attended a training session, in which they learnt how to maintain the hives and increase the harvest. Later, the modernised agriculture activities started with beneficiaries creating protective outfits and modern hives. Currently, the project has reached the final stage, and there are regular meetings to keep sure everything is running well.

House to house handwashing

One of the WASH projects implemented included a Hygiene and Water Sanitation Program, which was divided into two projects. The first being the House to House project, aimed at promoting health through the awareness of proper hygiene practices.

Hygiene teaching sessions were run in four primary schools in the Huye District, reaching over 700 children. The lessons were organized in two days of teaching, to avoid overloading children with information, and the RVCP volunteer used materials prepared by the WET Project Foundation. Young students are also engaged through the “happy hand washing song”, which ensured that the children memorised the lesson learnt.

RCVP is still implementing this project and continue to provide training session in primary schools while also aiming to deliver family outreach events.

Building sustainable toilets

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In addition to the efforts of spreading hygienic practices through house to house teaching, the second part of the Hygiene and Water Sanitation Program was aimed to fill the lack of toilet facilities in Mpungwe village. The shortage of toilets has resulted in a vast number of the population suffering from diarrhoea, dysentery, intestinal worms and other water-borne diseases, which spread rapidly due to unhygienic practices and unsanitary latrines facilities.

The construction of the site took place between November and December 2016. During this occasion, our programmes team, Terri and Jessica, flew to Rwanda to help the construction of the latrines. We also assisted a family of six who did not have health insurance by paying their medical fees. The RVCP also ran a hygiene teaching session in the village, reminding communities to maintain the hygiene practices learnt during this lesson.

The project made a very large impact on the families of beneficiaries in a short amount of time. Thanks to our effort, 46 of the 125 households in Mpungwe village now have access to a VIP latrine. The construction of toilet facilities, associated with better hygiene practices, helped to reduce the rate of health diseases. However, a large proportion of families still require assistance in Mpungwe village, and there is an urgent need to deliver this kind of sustainable project. Toilet facilities and proper hygiene practices are crucial to empowering isolated and disadvantaged communities. Thus, our aim – with your support – is to widen our reach and continue supporting communities in Rwanda.

 

Abdia can now send her children to school!

Abdia can now send her children to school!

Our sustainable Islamic Farming project has empowered women like Abdia Mursal in Garissa County, the sole breadwinner for a family of five, to become self-sufficient, support her family and even send her children to school.

Not only has the project improved livelihoods of the local community but it has also implemented eco-friendly farming methods to preserve our planet!

Download Global One’s Islamic Farming toolkit at this link.

The training has allowed Abdia to connect with her faith and as a result, she now believes, “Farming is an act of worship”.

The income generated from farming allows Abdia to educate her children and provide adequate food and shelter for the whole family.

Through your generous donations, women like Abdia don’t have to worry about providing for their families and whether they can afford to send their children to school.

Together, with your help, let’s continue supporting families with our Islamic Farming project and provide them with the training they need to remove themselves from cycles of injustice.

EVENT: Faith for Climate

WHAT NEXT AFTER PARIS?

An exceptional range of speakers includes Sir David King, the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change, Dr Husna Ahmad, the Chief Executive of Global One and author of the Green Guide to Hajj, George Marshal of Climate Outreach and the Bishop of Salisbury, the lead C of E bishop on climate change.  They will ask the urgent question – how should people of faith be praying, protecting, working and campaigning for this earth that is given to us in sacred trust?

Whether you are a concerned individual, an activist, an NGO or a faith-based organization, you are invited to come along, learn and listen and contribute to the conversation. 

It will be a remarkable evening and, we hope, a catalyst for greater faith-based and interfaith action. 

For all concerned people, activists, NGOs and faith-based organisations on the International Day of Peace. Come and join us for an evening of positive action!

SPEAKERS:

Bishop Nicholas Holtam, Church of England lead Bishop on climate change. 

Dr Husna Ahmad,  Chief Executive, Global One

Sir David King, former Chief Adviser on climate change to HM Government and

George Marshall, Climate Outreach.  

CO-CHAIRS:

Rabbi Natan Levy, Maiya Rahman (Islamic Relief), Canon Giles Goddard (Operation Noah).

TOPICS:

Working across faiths on Climate Change. Divest/Invest. Building a Political Voice. Eco Church. Sharing good practice.

WHEN
WHERE
St. John’s Church – 73 Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8TY
Dining for Dignity Garden Party

Dining for Dignity Garden Party

Last month, I attended a garden party held to support Global One’s Dining for Dignity campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to raise funds to provide menstrual hygiene packs for 400 Syrian refugee women through hosting dinner parties among close networks of friends and family.

So far, Global One have reached 60% of their £10,000 target and have had some incredibly successful Dining for Dignity events where attendees have felt both moved and inspired to donate to their worthy cause. The topic of menstrual hygiene is not one which is often explored among friends or relatives and so through their campaign, Global One are breaking down this barrier and bringing to light the real concerns and anxieties refugee women are faced with every month, in order to evoke a better sense of understanding, empathy and desire to change this unspeakable reality. 75% of Syrian refugees are known to be women and children, and of this, 30% are recognised as suffering from clinical depression. This can be understood through assessing the dangerous and unfortunate conditions in which these women live, as a low number of gender-segregated bathrooms have meant that women are at a higher risk of gender based violence and are even more vulnerable to harassment and abuse. As official agencies and organisations are unable to provide women with anything other than food supplies, the very basic necessity of sanitary pads and items used to maintain menstrual hygiene is neglected. Thus, women are forced to resort to using unsafe materials such as leaves, rags, bits of tent and mattress as a substitute for basic sanitary pads. Due to cultural taboos and a deep-rooted stigma surrounding menstruation, many women choose to change pads during the night which is often unsafe as disposal facilities for sanitary items are situated in full view of the rest of the camp. This means that not only are women made to feel insecure and unclean due to a natural process out of their control, but the very workings of the refugee camp have worsened their day-to-day activities and aggravated their sense of shame by magnifying menstruation through the placement of disposal facilities. Women are denied their right to a dignified life- they must navigate the uncertainties of their new found refugeedom, support their families, work to maintain basic sanitation and nutritional needs as well as facing the hardships which come with simply existing as a female in a refugee camp. It was thus powerful and motivating to hear my friends speak passionately on the topic of menstrual hygiene and the motives behind supporting this campaign during their event. Although I was fasting at the time, it did not detract from my ability to connect with the campaign and instead, enhanced my experience as I was able to sit back, reflect and listen to the explanations and actions that the organisation would be taking to support female Syrian refugees. By the time I eventually broke my fast, I was ever thankful and content to be surrounded by my closest friends, to be eating from an array of delicious dishes, to be soaking up the positive atmosphere and to be contributing to such a noble and needed cause. To find out more about Global One’s Dining for Dignity campaign, visit: https://www.globalone.org.uk/home/wash/dining-for-dignity/ And if you would like to get involved and host your own event, download our free fundraising pack and share your experiences with us on social media using the hashtag #diningfordignity.

Using the Sun to Clean Water in Nigeria

Using the Sun to Clean Water in Nigeria

Mrs. Isyiaku is a young mother from Magami village, in Sumaila local government of Kano state, Nigeria. Like many other women in her village and in fact rural Kano, water supply is a luxury good and not one they can afford especially during the dry seasons.

They drink their water directly from source, without any form of purification because, well, it looks clean to the eyes. Diarrhoea is a disease that has claimed the lives of many, young and old in her community due to the lack of potable water, no drinking water purification, and poor personal and environmental hygiene. Global One is working with the Magami community to bring about attitudinal change with respect to personal hygiene and also, teach the women and children about SODIS (SOlar DISinfection), an easy and cost efficient way of purifying their drinking water in order to reduce and in the long run, eradicate the occurrence of diarrhoea amongst them. We understand that attitudinal change is not achieved overnight, and with the community, we are working gradually towards inculcating the attitude of handwashing, environmental sanitation and drinking water purification in their daily routine. This would help reduce the occurrence of water borne diseases. As part of the move to effect attitudinal change towards water, sanitation and hygiene in the community, Global One partnered with Lighthouse humanitarian foundation, a local NGO, to deliver 2 sets of trainings in June and July. The trainings were aimed at educating the women and children on the importance of regular handwashing, a clean environment and treating their drinking water. This training so far, has been delivered to about 100 women and 200 children from the Magami community. The trainings were well received as the women and children has lots of questions about water related diseases and alternatives to soap for handwashing. The aim of these trainings is to reduce the occurrence of water borne diseases and eradicate deaths as a result.