Postcard from Tanzania for International Women’s Day

A year ago I received a special digital Postcard from Ghana to celebrate 25 years of fundraising by Comic Relief.  The trip to Ghana had been undertaken by the awe-inspiring queens of the blogging world Penny Alexander, Annie Spratt and Tanya Barrow, and Team Honk was born.

A month ago I took part in the Team Honk relay from Land’s End to John O’Groats.  I wrote about ‘Honkopoly’ here, which is the London part of the route.  Our massive total is teetering on the delightfully attractive number of £22,122 and the relay is not over yet.  I thank anyone who has donated towards to this amount – and for anyone else, you still can (details at the link below).

But the Team Honk trio (or Penny, Annie and Tanny as I’m sure they don’t like to be called) are not the types to sit about waiting for the relay to end.  This week they flew to Tanzania and tonight they have very kindly sent me (and others) a digital postcard so that we can help to share some stories about the reasons they have gone there, and to share photographs of the inspiring women they have met there.

They are in Tanzania to visit the Gatsby Trust, which is a trust set up by funds raised by Sport Relief.  Women have been empowered to start their own businesses in this traditionally male-dominated culture, and to create lasting change for themselves and their families.

My postcard shows the team with Forestiana.  I love the way Penny and Annia are gripping onto their bottles of wine (and I bet Tanya’s is just out of sight).  In fact I love everything about this photograph.

postcard from Tanzania

Penny wrote:

“This is Forestiana and she’s a wine processor. Her business has grown from making 20 litres of wine a month to 250 litres after receiving help from The Gatsby Trust, Tanzania. Vital business skills, technical training and mentoring has given Forestiana the confidence to think big and plan her business’s growth. It means she can work from home and her family has a better quality of life – she also employs 2 others. Forestiana helps train up other women to help them with their businesses. She showed us her grape wine and hibiscus wine with great pride.”

To see posts on the other digital postcards for #lastingchange, have a look here.

I have been asked to share this postcard on 8th of March, in celebration of International Women’s Day.  Why?

  • 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.

Thank you for reading so far.  If you would like to help with Team Honk’s cause, you can do any of the following:

SHARE  Support any updates you see by using the hashtag #lastingchange.

DONATE You can help create #lastingchange by sponsoring #teamhonkrelay for Sport Relief here.

GET INVOLVED Join up for your local Sport Relief event here.

If we keep giving money to Sport Relief and supporting women like Forestiana, I might even get another digital postcard next year.


4 thoughts on “Postcard from Tanzania for International Women’s Day

  1. Thank you so much for taking time write and post this and for sharing about Forestiana. It’s so inspiring to see just how much ambition to succeed and expand her business she has.

  2. hee hee. Thanks for sharing this pic. Her hibiscus juice was super yummy! We have yet to try the wine, we are saving that delight for our families to join in with!!

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