Zonta Club of Ottawa, Canada

UN Day Oct. 24, 2021

You may have noticed this poster In the May edition of Zontacler and wondered “WHAT IS THIS ABOUT AND WHY IS IT OF INTEREST TO ME”.

So often, we are focused on our most worthwhile contribution to the local community, we tend to forget that we are part of a much larger organization which with its service projects has worldwide impact.

This  email will be the first of a series that shows the impact of one such project LET US LEARN MADAGASCAR so that by the time October comes around we will be familiar the project and be excited to hear a progress report “from the ground”.

First a reminder of Zonta International’s Vision:

Zonta International envisions a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her potential.

In such a world, women have access to all resources and are represented in decision making positions on an equal basis with men”.

Zonta is passionate about providing life-changing opportunities for women and girls through international service and is dedicated to achieving gender equality in education by supporting scholarships, fellowships and awards and by partnering with agencies of the United Nations and other recognized non-governmental organizations.

One such project in cooperation with UNICEF is LET US LEARN MADAGASCAR.

By providing vulnerable girls with opportunities to realize their right to an education in a secure and protective environment, Let Us Learn aims to reduce poverty and ultimately empower Madagascar’s next generation of female leaders.  The project is an integrated education program that is creating opportunities for vulnerable and excluded children, especially girls.  It is focused on reaching out-of-school children, expanding girls’ education and improving quality outcomes for learners.

From 2016 through 2020, Zonta International has  contributed US$2 million to UNICEF USA for the project and has announced an additional commitment of US$500,000.

Next in this series will be “what has been done to date in Madagascar”.

I hope you will come to share my enthusiasm for ZONTA INTERNATIONAL projects as well as those of the Zonta Club of Ottawa.

Lynda

UN Committee Member

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