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The Oxhill News

July 2006

This months News



WI Report

Our speaker for the evening told us that, ‘Save the Children fights for the rights of children in the UK and around the world who suffer from poverty, disease, injustice and violence. They work with the children to find lifelong answers to the problems they face.’

She used slides to illustrate a brief history of the organisation and a selection of current schemes.

Eglantine Jebb was moved by the plight of starving Austrian children after WW1. Her efforts to help them led to her trail for treason for aiding the enemy, but aroused an international response and led to the founding of Save the Children and to the Convention of the Rights of Children.

Save the Children knows and uses people and systems already in place for emergency relief.  They buy supplies locally and directly. This helps the local economy and reduces costs. The same structures can be used to anticipate predicted disasters.

Schemes that help people to help themselves include: loans of chickens or goats, which are later paid back to another family; training in maintenance of well mechanisms and healthcare vehicles; Befriending Unaccompanied Minors Project in Birmingham; family tracing in war zones; night shelters to ensure that children can sleep safe from abduction into rebel armies; fair price workshops for girls, with school rooms for basic lessons.

Ann Nethercleft was the hostess. Gwen and Peggy Pritchard provided the refreshments. Flower of the month: 1st June Wreford’s iris; 2nd Pam McLeod’s aquilegia.

Jackie Batchelor was thanked for her work on the committee, recently as press officer. Belinda Keep will write the reports until the AGM.

Members were reminded that 26th June is ‘over packaging day’ when we are asked to dump wrapping as we pay for goods.

Next meeting July 5th Mr Handy will demonstrate the craft of thatching. Instead of the garden party in August we are planning a lunch in Brailes, after a morning walk for the energetic. You are most welcome to join us.

B. Keep

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