Restoring Dignity Conference

Restoring Dignity was the theme of a one day conference held in Cheltenham last month, on behalf of Free Range Chicks Dignity.Dignity

Dignity is partnering with the African Child Trust (ACT), Builders House and GILEP (Girls In Leadership Empowerment Programme) to support girls at four schools in Southern Malawi. Many of the schools’ girl pupils are consistently absent for one week each month due to the lack of sanitation and menstruation provision. The conference was held to further raise awareness for this project. Each ticket sold provided one school girl with a ‘life pack’ to enable her to remain in education. Life packs contain recyclable, biodegradable sanitary pads.

The conference was opened by Rebecca Paynter. Rebecca had visited Malawi with Vicky Taylor and Pastor Abby Olufeyimi in October. They delivered much needed life packs to the school girls and found out first hand just how life changing they can be.

At the Education Workshop Rebecca drew on her own experience as a Head Teacher to give an insight into the impact that a lack of education can have on a girl’s future.

Kunle Onabolu, founder of the African Child Trust, brought a whole new view to mind as he discussed the challenges they faced when sponsored girls would later drop out of school. He also shared some of the other important projects ACT is involved in, such as supporting widows and their families.

Pastor Abby Olufeyimi, from Builder’s House (Croydon) shared how she became involved with the African Child Trust and subsequently Malawi in particular. She met Vicky Taylor at a conference after visiting Malawi. There, she shared the great need of provision for these girls with Vicky who was moved and inspired to start Free Range Chicks Dignity project.

Chris Robson , representing Days for Girls, discussed the actual making the life packs and the sanitary towels that the girls in Malawi are using. She encouraged us to get involved and showed some photos of the project and the life packs to inspire us!

Ruth Dearnley, CEO of Stop the Traffik, passionately and powerfully brought home the very real and sad human face of trafficking. Stop the Traffik seeks to prevent trade, protect victims and prosecute traffickers.

Pearl Moses, Free Range Chicks Trustee, closed in prayer on a very successful and thought provoking day.

The Restoring Dignity conference was an exciting venture for Free Range Chicks! It was inspiring to see all the different organisations working together for the same aim: to see girls and women released from shame, for whatever reason, into a place of freedom and restored dignity.

Around 60 people came from all over the UK and many went away inspired, educated and challenged by what they heard. Thanks go to all who gave up their time and energy to make the conference happen. We are very excited by all that God is doing with the Dignity project and looking forward to seeing even more lives changed for the better through it.

Why not get involved with Ulemu-Dignity Project? Read more about it on this site or you can donate to the work by texting £3/£5/£10  FRCD01 to 70070


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