|Photo: Aldea Maya||In Global Outreach CFUW members explore global issues which affect women. The group is co-chaired by Catherine Khan and Wendy Reimer. We’re happy to welcome new members. Please check the current club calendar on the main webpage. We do not meet every month unless there is new business. We aim for the first Thursday in the month at 2pm in someone’s home.|
|What we are about! The Global Outreach group shares an interest in World Development, the education of girls and women worldwide, and in the continuing education of our Club members on these topics. We prefer to sponsor students and projects with which we have some personal connection, so that we can maintain communication.||Photo: Aldea Maya, Guatemala|
|Photo: CHES||For many years our Club has sponsored students through their senior secondary school years in various countries, the most recent being Kenya, and now Tanzania, in East Africa. Since 2015 we have sponsored Mariamu, of Katesh, Tanzania, through CHES, the Canadian Harambee Education Society. We receive her marks, personal letters and pictures at regular intervals.|
|For 4 years we have supported a rural teachers’ education project in Uganda, called “Teachers for Rural Futures,” through GWI, CFUW’s international arm (Graduate Women International.) The goal of this project is to improve the teacher training presently being given to rural women teachers in Uganda, to encourage them to be better teachers, thereby improving the lives of the girls they will teach.||Ugandan student teachers
in GWI Project
Child at her desk in the Ghazi DIL Primary School, Karachi.
Photo: DIL Canada
| Our Club has two members who are very actively involved in two other projects and we support them in a small way, hoping to increase this with time. One is DIL (Developments in Literacy) serving more than 18,000 children in 126 schools in Pakistan. The DIL school we support is for underprivileged , usually destitute, students, mainly girls. It is a popular, student-centered model elementary school whose program helps promote the status of girls and change the attitude of boys.
| Another project deals with nutrition, education, and agriculture in rural Guatemala. Through Aldea Maya we are contributing to the teacher training of a young woman, Juana, who is one of the school’s success stories.
Juana Maria, 21, and her young student. Juana Maria is in her second year of “Saturday School” studying every Saturday for 3 years and travelling for one and a half hours each way to university. She will ride in the back of a truck, take a half hour boat ride, walk a mile and take 2 buses to reach Valle University.
16 days of Activism against gender-based violence begins Nov 25 2019. Please join our Advocacy committee at our Red Dress Campaign on November 25 at 9:30am at the Qualicum Town Hall or at 1:30 pm at Parksville City Hall. Become a strong ally for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and take time to reflect on and note the calls for justice.