International Women’s Day: #lastingchange


#lastingchangeMeet Lucy, in her place of work in Tanzania, as she proudly shows her handmade goods to Team Honk.

Lucy is one of the many women to have benefited from support given through Comic Relief. Through mentoring and training, the Gatsby Trust gave Lucy the confidence to develop her business, and to network after moving from the countryside to the city. The Gatsby Trust (which has been awarded a Comic Relief grant of £264,959 over three years) helps 1000 female entrepreneurs by educating both women and their partners about women’s rights, and by providing support and training.

In the words of Tanya Barrow from Team Honk, who sent me a digital postcard of this picture yesterday:

“She is an inspirational creative who brought out so many beautiful, imaginative handcrafted items to show us. More than that she is a teacher and looks forward to expanding her business by training other women who want to start up craft and textile businesses.”

Tanya, along with Annie from Mammasaurus and Penny from The Alexander Residence  (all of whom are the driving force between the fundraising giant that is Team Honk) have been invited to Tanzania by Comic Relief for International Women’s Day, to help raise awareness of how the charity has helped women in Tanzania get jobs, start businesses and secure a future for their families and communities.

The UK Government matchfunded the £16 million which Comic Relief had already committed to spend helping change the lives of women and girls across Africa, using money raised through public donations for Red Nose Day 2013.

This combined total of £32 million from DIFD and Comic Relief will:

  • help girls get a better education
  • address violence against women
  • make childbirth safer for both mothers and babies
  • make it easier for female farmers to make a better, more sustainable living
  • and empower women to become leaders in making decisions that affect their lives

So, as well as supporting women in this country, Comic Relief is helping those in places like Tanzania, where only 49% of births are accompanied by a skilled birth attendant, and 1 in 4 girls aged 15-24 is illiterate.

Want to get involved? The first ever Sport Relief games take place from 21-23 March, and you can sign up for your local event here.

Or why not sponsor us? A month ago, we dressed up in silly hats and joined in with Honkopoly, the London stretch of Team Honk’s relay from Landsend to John O’ Groats, to raise money for Sport Relief. The Team Honk Relay is still running, with the Bradford-John O’Groats legs still to go. You can find out more about it here, and sponsor our efforts through the London giving page. We just need that little extra push to make it to £3,000 raised by the London Honkopoly team.

And if you’re social media-savvy, why not retweet, share and support any updates you see with the #lastingchange hashtag. Or – if you’ve posted a #lastingchange blog by 1pm today, Friday 7 March – you can take part in the @Britmums  #lastingchange Twitter party between 1 and 1.30pm UK time.

There’s a load more information on the Team Honk trip to Tanzania here, and you can read about the feelings of the team as they arrive in Dar es Salaam here (Annie), here (Tanya) and here (Penny).

We wish them all a good journey, and look forward to hearing the tales they have to tell when they get back in a few days’ time.

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  1. March 7, 2014 / 4:46 pm

    Can’t wait to read more about the Team Honk trip to Tanzania.
    Fabulous post Nell x

  2. Dragonsflypoppy-White Feathers
    March 8, 2014 / 5:35 pm

    I missed signing up for the postcards this time, but I am loving reading them. So inspirational. And so good for you to be doing your part to raise awareness xx

  3. Sharon
    March 8, 2014 / 8:07 pm

    Hi Nell- this is a really good post, thank you for highlighting and raising awareness of such an important subject, I so enjoyed reading this xx

  4. March 9, 2014 / 8:32 pm

    It’s great to see how the money we’re raising is being spent.

  5. March 10, 2014 / 7:14 pm

    Such an amazing women Lucy is – we teaches street kids the skilled she’s learnt from the project, passing on the knowledge to help others. x

  6. MummyNeverSleeps
    March 10, 2014 / 10:03 pm

    What a wonderful woman she is, and such a vital project the Gatsby Trust is. A really eloquent post missus 🙂 HONK!

  7. March 13, 2014 / 7:20 am

    I have really enjoyed reading the digital postcard posts. It is lovely to read the change that the money raised is making! #blogclub

  8. March 13, 2014 / 9:57 am

    Great post! I have seen so much about Team Honk and not really understood what it was all about so I am glad to have found your post via the #blogclub! What an inspiring thing to be involved in! The awful conditions that others live in make you truely thankful for our opportunities as women in this country. Keep up the great work!

  9. March 15, 2014 / 4:06 pm

    These postcards have been so amazing to read, it’s brilliant to see how Team Honk is helping

  10. March 16, 2014 / 4:15 pm

    It’s so amazing to be able to hear about all the wonderful things that are being supported by Comic Relief. I’ve been inspired listening to each and every story 🙂

  11. March 21, 2014 / 8:56 pm

    Lucy sounds like such an amazing woman! Very inspiring – makes you realise how lucky we are! Team Honk have done some amazing work recently!

  12. March 27, 2014 / 1:53 pm

    Team Honk have done such a fabulous job and it’s great to see how the money is spent for #lastingchange. I have ordered some of the soap from Mammasaurus and I’m really looking forward to receiving it – hope it might be in time for Mothers Day!

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