Martyn, a member of Carlton Rotary in Nottingham, and District Governor for 1220, is latching onto the theme launched by Rotary International President, Shekhar Mehta.
Martyn knew that Past District Governor Val Leivers, from Sherwood Sunrisers Rotary, which is also in Nottingham, had supported the Sri Sai Vidyarthi High School in the Secunderabad area of India for several years. He requested her help in coming up with a new project for girls.
Providing an education for girls up to the age of 16 in India empowers them to obtain a better job, have a higher income and achieve their full potential.”
They have initiated a vocational tailoring course at the school to run alongside the academic studies of every girl in years 8, 9 and 10.
The total cost of sponsoring a girl for their academic education and the new vocational course is just £300 per girl – and this is for three years.
The money will provide all the equipment needed including a sewing machine and two specialist tailoring teachers.
After they leave school, the girls can take their sewing machine with them and use their new skills.
Providing an education for girls up to the age of 16 in India empowers them to obtain a better job, have a higher income and achieve their full potential.
They also enjoy better health, marry later and their self-confidence and self-esteem are improved. Vocational training, when added to academic education, provides practical life skills, and helps to make girls self-sufficient in the future.
DG Martyn has invited all Clubs in District 1220 to sponsor a girl for £300.
Many clubs and individuals have already donated and it is hoped that more will join this worthwhile project to ensure its continuity.
The sewing machines are sourced locally in Hyderabad and the Rotary Club of Jubilee Hills acts to receive funds from the UK into their Government-approved Foreign Currency Receiving Account and makes payments as necessary.
The project has started and the vocational suite has been fitted out with the sewing machines and all the ancillary items. Two specialist teachers have been appointed.