How amazing is this digital postcard sent from Tanzania from Teamhonk?
Who’s teamhonk you ask? Well teamhonk was founded by three amay-zing bloggers Annie, Tanya and Penny. Teamhonk is a group of bloggers doing whatever they can to make money for comic relief. The three founders are currently in Tanzania checking out the good work that the Gatsby trust (funded by comic relief) have been doing.
My postcard is of an inspirational woman called Bertha. She is a food producer in Dar es Salaam who has received support from the Gatsby Trust. Bertha makes three different types of wine, garlic paste and a flour used to make porridge. In addition to making products she is also now training other women to do the same. Bertha works from a processing plant that she built herself at the back of her property, with room dedicated to each part of her business.
She is able to do this because of the Gatsby trust. The Gatsby Trust helps 1000 female entrepreneurs by educating both women and their partners about women’s rights and providing support and training, it has been around since 1992.
How awesome is that! Today is international woman’s day and together we can all help to make a #lastingchange
Here’s some statistics.
70% of the world’s poorest people are women and they own only 1% of the world’s property.
Nearly 50% of all sexual assaults worldwide are against girls aged 15 years or younger
Domestic violence is the largest cause of women’s injury and death – leading to more deaths and disability among women aged 15-44 than malaria, war, traffic accidents and cancer.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that female genital mutilation (FGM) has affected as many as 138 million women and girls in Africa, and the numbers continue to rise every year.
Many women and girls have poor access to education and about two thirds of all illiterate people are women.
The UK Government matchfunded the £16 million which Comic Relief had already committed to spend helping change the lives of women and girls across Africa, using money raised through public donations for Red Nose Day 2013.
This combined total of £32 million from DIFD and Comic Relief will:
help girls get a better education
address violence against women
make childbirth safer for both mothers and babies
make it easier for female farmers to make a better, more sustainable living
and empower women to become leaders in making decisions that affect their lives.
So you see, Teamhonk and everyone else raising money for comic relief are doing something so amazing. Every pound raised will help, you can donate if you haven’t already by clicking here and help make a #lastingchange