What a journey it has been – from the moment we first heard about ChoraChori to becoming the SIGBI Project 2019-2022!
Rayner Rees introduced members of Soroptimist International Bridgend to ChoraChori, and its CEO Philip Holmes, in November 2017. Rayner a member of SI Bridgend, had been impressed with the project when it was one of the beneficiaries of funding through the Soroptimist International Educate to Lead programme. Philip then captured the hearts of Bridgend members when he spoke to the Club in November 2017.
The idea to propose it as the next Federation project was born and Empowering Girls in Nepal began to take shape.
A small group of Bridgend members worked on the initial proposal and having been shortlisted everyone got involved. Members Helen Murdoch and Rayner together with Philip put the full proposal and presentation together – and then shared their efforts with the whole club. Following an evening of critical review, the presentation was re-worked slide-by-slide, word-by-word! Now we were ready for Liverpool!
Four projects were shortlisted for consideration as the SIGBI Federation Project 2019-2022 and all were very worthwhile. Each project team presented at the SIGBI Annual Conference in Liverpool in October 2018. Helen and Philip acquitted themselves very well on stage and took questions about the project from delegates. Members were then invited to vote and, after a nail-biting wait, the results were announced.
We won! Empowering Girls in Nepal is to be the SIGBI Federation Project 2019-2022.
We were so excited and thrilled to be able to continue supporting ChoraChori as a Club and now to be able to invite all members across the Federation to join us in that support. Philip was thrilled by the outcome too and said that he felt privileged to work with his friends at SIGBI. As he said, “This is not a grant but a collaboration that will be fulfilling for all of us and life-changing for the girls.”
Helen Murdoch and Rayner Rees. SI Bridgend