the speaker for the evening, Judith Walker, our President, and
Angela Tomes, secretary for the evening, gave us information
about coming events. The WI Olympic baton which will find it`s
way to Snitterfield on May 4th will come via Bearley and then
be handed on to Old Town WI. Jubilee celebrations, in which
our WI are hoping to be involved, are at present planned to
be a tea party in the village hall on Saturday 2nd June, organised
by the school and the Sports Club celebrations.
Judith next introduced Phillipa Childsworth whose talk was entitled
"Followed my Heart to Kenya". Phillipa was accompanied
by her husband Tim. Tim was in charge of the laptop presentation
which proclaimed in large letters "Jambo-Jambo.com".
Jambo is Kenyan for Hello! Phillipa explained how she was invited
to her brother`s wedding in Kenya in 2002 which turned out to
be quite different from her expectations. Her brother`s future
wife Jane had been involved with the village of Kajire which
had no water,electricity or any infrastructure causing pregnant
women to walk 12 miles to the nearest hospital. So, somehow,
Jane had a hospital built in their own village. This village
was where the wedding was to take place. More than a thousand
villagers turned up to support the married couple and from this
moment Phillipa decided that she wanted to help these people.
She started a Fair Trade business after visiting Kibera slum
which is the largest in Africa. Just outside Nairobi, on the
edge of a luscious green golf course, in approximately 1 mile
square , one and a half million people live with no running
water or electricity and with open sewers running between the
houses(shacks). 25% have Aids and life expectancy is 38. These
people are willing to work and produce beautiful handmade items.
Phillipa imported these goods and at her first sale at Malvern
Fair Trade fair she very quickly sold out and so it was back
to Kenya for more and now there is a thriving business, "Jambo-Jambo.com"which
is benifitting the people who live in the slums of Kenya. They
have now built a church and a school. The village people have
set up their own concern making sandals out of old car tyres.
There is a bike shop bringing easy transport and another man
has set up a charcoal business. The lives of many of these people
have been improved thanks to Fair Trade! Phillipa and Tim brought
along some of their produce which consisted of eye catching
handbags, wallets and purses made chiefly from goats skin. Bracelets,
necklaces and earrings made from natural stones and shells.
They even showed us a size 18 sandal made from car tyres for
a 71/2 foot warrier. A truly inspirational talk!
The next meeting is May 9th which is Resolutions evening. Amongst
the possible resolutions to be discussed are Field Study Centres,
Airborne Litter, Reducing Fuel Poverty,Employment of more mid-wives,Legal
Status for British Sign Language and Helmets for Cyclists.