On Dec. 7th, 2013 the Salt Spring chapter of CFUW held a very successful Christmas fund raising lunch. It was a gala event with a hostess table full of delectable treats for guests to buy, a silent auction and a live auction. Proceeds are being used to support the Hope Project – a co-action between the CFUW SSI and the Commonwealth Countries’ League Education Fund (CCLEF) in the UK. The project’s aim is to assist needy but academically deserving girls to continue secondary school education. Up to 40 girls from Commonwealth countries are sponsored by the club and individual members each year.
As well, there was a raffle to raise funds to help with the administrative costs of the club. Grand prize was a Kobo Arc Reader
We are happy to report the club is again supporting 22 girls and individual members are sponsoring 18 girls for a total of 40 girls from a wide range of Commonwealth countries around the world through the Hope Project. Since 2006, more than 40 students have completed high school CFUW SSI.
One of these girls is Nomfundo in Swaziland who has recently started university.
What is the Hope Project?
The Hope Project is a co-action between the Canadian Federation of University Women on Salt Spring Island and the Commonwealth Countries’ League Education Fund in the UK. The project’s aim is to assist needy but academically deserving girls to continue secondary school education. To ensure funds are secure and used to best advantage, monies raised are sent directly to the school to cover tuition costs, uniforms, entrance examinations, transportation and school meals.
With financial assistance, these students have the opportunity to reach their potential, and become role models in their families and leaders in their communities.
CFUW SSI started sponsoring just 3 students in 2006. Each year since, the club has been able to sponsor more and more students. Sponsorship for each student can span 2 to 5 years depending on their requirement to complete secondary school.
Visit our Web Pages to find out more about the Hope Project.
On March 8th, 2013 at the Fritz Theatre our local chapter of CFUW celebrated International Women’s Day by hosting the NFB ﬁlm “Status Quo? The Unﬁnished Business of Feminism in Canada”.
Feminism has shaped the society we live in. But just how far has it brought us, and how relevant is it today? This feature documentary zeroes in on key concerns such as violence against women, access to abortion, and universal childcare, asking how much progress we have truly made on these issues.