Each year, on December 10 (Human Rights Day), Soroptimists are asked to make some small personal sacrifice and donate the money saved to a project chosen by the President of Soroptimist International. Clubs are also encouraged to conduct special fund raising for the Appeal.
Since its inception in 1981 by the then President, Catherine Salt, President's Appeals have:
- addressed a variety of social and health issues including trafficking of women and children, land mines HIV AIDS and malaria.
- helped women towards economic independence in Paraguay, India, Bangladesh, Tokelau, Lesotho and Mauretania;
- supported refugees and the homeless in the former Yugoslavia, Cambodia, the Dominican Republic and Malaysia;
- educated girls in India, China and Africa;
2015 - Hopes and Dreams for Everyone
This December 10th the International President Yvonne Simpson would
like, once again, to harness the collective power and
generosity of all four Federations of Soroptimist International, in support of women and girls in Nepal, as they
take steps to rebuild their lives, following the devastating earthquakes of April 25 and May 12, 2015. The
focus within Nepal will be on education and leadership,
agreed as the theme by SI‘s members until 2021.
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