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.

 

Islam and Public Health Workshops

Islam and Public Health Workshops

Last month, Global One, as part of our focus on Islam and public health and women empowerment, hosted three workshops in conjunction with our exciting new toolkit: ‘Empowering Women: A Toolkit for a Healthy Society’.  

The workshops included an interfaith session held at Finchley Reform Synagogue in partnership with Faiths Forum where female scholars of various faiths united to advocate the importance of preserving the mental and physical health of women and children from an interfaith perspective.[/fusion_text]

We can be everything we want to be!

Through the support of our attendees, we were able to create an inclusive environment focused on inspiration, self-determination and the use of spiritual power to drive powerful changes:

“We can be everything we want to be! Women are at the forefront of being able to effect small but powerful changes.”

Lessons of female empowerment from Abrahamic text helped to draw attention to the importance of spiritual power in drawing strength from oneself during times of difficulties.

The relevance of these sessions cannot be underestimated within the local and wider community. You can share our vision of female empowerment by forwarding the pdf version of the toolkit to friends and family.

NEWS: Menstruation Should Not Be A Taboo

NEWS: Menstruation Should Not Be A Taboo

This Menstrual Hygiene Day (28 May) our Asia Programme Manager, Aleena Khan, shares her personal reflections of feeling guilt during her periods growing up and overcoming the taboos and cultural norms, which unfortunately often link menstruation to shame.
Global One is committed to smashing this shame, re-educating and empowering women and girls on their menstrual health rights.

Ramadan Reflections: Menstruation Should Not Be A Taboo

My relationship with periods has been complex; as is the case for many Muslim females across the world. We are often made to feel as though menstruation is something we should not only refrain from talking about openly, but something we should be ashamed of. This is often backed up using (abusing) faith and cultural norms. A time of year during which these attitudes are most apparent is in Ramadan. Women are exempt from fasting during their period but most go out of their way to keep up the pretence, either out of shame or because society expects them to.

However, growing up, I refused to sit at the dining table and eat Sehri with my family while on my period. I would tell Abu very matter-of-factly that I can’t pray Maghrib because I’m on my period when asked to join the family for congregational prayers. I would buy my pads from the pharmacy and tell the salesman the brown bag was unnecessary.

That being said, I will never forget the sinking feeling I got when I realised Maroof Chacha, our cook at home, had seen me drink water in Ramadan while he walked passed by the kitchen door. I will also never forget how I felt like I was going to die when a boy from my class told me I had ketchup at the back of my white shalwar kameez school uniform.

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A 14 year old’s heart-wrenching tale from Beqaa Valley

A 14 year old’s heart-wrenching tale from Beqaa Valley

This Menstrual Hygiene Day we reflect on the courage and strength from the girls and women we met during our recent hygiene pack distribution to Lebanon’s largest Syrian refugee camp in Beqaa Valley.

When you stand in Bar Elias, Beqaa Valley , you can look across the mountains to Syria. Bekaa Valley is home to the largest population of the 2.2 million Syrian refugees currently living in camps in Lebanon.

Syrian refugees have fled war-torn Syria with a few of their belongings and the realization that their lives will never be the same. We were in Bar Elias and other refugee camps in early May to distribute the 700 female hygiene packs that you generously donated, taking crucial items directly to girls and women in need.

On our trip in Beqaa Valley, we met many incredible women. Their stories were heart-wrenching, but their strength and courage was inspiring. Each tent had a different story to tell.

The heart-wrenching story of Fatima

In the very first tent, we met 14 year old Fatima and her mother. The two of them traveled to Lebanon with their father two years ago. Fatima told us about how they all lived in a large apartment in Syria and were extremely close with their grandparents, cousins, and aunts and uncles.

The day her family fled Syria is a day that young Fatima will never forget. She tells us how they went to visit her grandfather after school who had recently been released from hospital. After making sure he was okay, Fatima and her parents left the house to return home for dinner. They had only walked a few paces when a bomb fell on her beloved grandfather’s house, killing all of her extended family.

The family managed to escape Syria with very few belongings, and after to resettle in a refugee camp in Lebanon.

When we met Fatima and her mother and handed them the female hygiene pack, Fatima broke down in tears and revealed that they hadn’t had underwear since they left their home two years ago. The most basic of items, without which girls and women feel they have lost their dignity.

“I wish I had died in the attack that killed my family…” she said.

The absence of undergarments and feminine hygiene products has made Fatima’s life extremely difficult.

Please continue to support refugee women and girls like Fatima this #MHDay and provide them hope by sponsoring our hygiene packs. Find out more about our Hygiene Packs Project by clicking here.

EVENT: #MenstruationMatters in Islam – Workshop

EVENT: #MenstruationMatters in Islam – Workshop

Do you have a code word for period or sanitary pads in front of your dad and brothers?

Do you still wake up for suhur during Ramadan when you’re on your period?

Does your brother threaten to tell your parents that you didn’t really pray when you had to pretend you did?

#MenstruationMatters – a Global One’s workshop

Global One is hosting a workshop on Wednesday 24th May 2017, sharing insights from their brand new menstrual health toolkit titled ‘Rights of Passage’. The workshop is called #MenstruationMatters, and will take place in the Muslim World League London Office in Goodge Steet. Our goal to re-educate and empower women and girls on their menstrual health rights, inspired by the Islamic faith.

The ‘Rights of Passage‘ toolkit draws upon the Qur’an and Hadith to de-link and dispel the conflation of culture and religion on the menstrual health practices, beliefs and behaviours.

In the lead up to the official launch of the toolkit in July 2017 and Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28th 2017, Global One is looking to engage interested and interesting human beings, male AND female, to take part in our workshop to learn more about what Islam does and does not say about menstruation and, raise awareness of situation-specific challenges. Hence, we aim to work together to help smash the shame surrounding periods!

#MenstruationMatters

Date: Wednesday 24th May 2017
Time: 18:00 to 20:30
Venue: Muslim World League London Office, 46 Goodge Street, W1T 4LU

Attendees are kindly asked to bring an item of their choice that they associate with menstruation as part of our photography installation which concludes the event!