"A girl born into poverty, enters one of the largest groups in the world to experience the lack of basic needs and human rights: poor women. Viewed as less valuable than boys, girls who do survive infancy are more likely to be kept home from school and may be the last to receive food or medical care when resources are scarce in some parts of the world.
When women and girls are given opportunities to thrive and resources to care for their families, their children get the chance for a healthier childhood and a brighter future—a change that bears fruit through generations. By empowering girls and women to change their stories, we can help change the future—creating an environment in which they are respected, valued, and equipped to transform the world by helping to solve the challenges in their own communities."
Strong Women, Strong World. Not a campaign, an answer. World Vision Australia.
In the beginning of 2016, I co-founded Team Connect at ACC. Our vision is simple: Team Connect joins two or more people together to think, discuss, plan and act on projects that deliver positive change in the local and global community.
We joined together Samantha Bowen from Acorn Network, Tom Murphy from Mirus Australia, Linda Belardi from Community Care Review and Jane Wrightson, Karen Martin and Russell Bricknell from ACC for our first project - to raise awareness and funds, which will support the work World Vision Australia are currently doing in Timor-Leste.
Poor access to quality nutrition and hygiene has a devastating health impact on people in Timor-Leste, particularly women and children. With our help World Vision help communities gain access to improved nutrition and child feeding practices. Meeting this basic need has a positive flow-on effect to all areas of their lives. This project is focusing on the #First1000days of a child’s life, known as “the window of opportunity”.
Fundraising is for activities like:
\- supporting home visits by health workers in order to educate parents and caregivers on how to keep babies and young children well nourished
\- facilitating the training of health workers in nutrition assessment and counselling
\- educating mothers, caregivers and community leaders in how to identify children with growth problems and refer them for treatment.
We are now taking pre-orders for Strong Women, Strong World inspired T-Shirts. 100% of profits will continue to fund this World Vision Australia project in Timor-Leste. Please click here to order your T-Shirt and join us in building a strong world.