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WELCOME
Welcome to the site of Soroptimist International of Oita-Midori !
We are members of a global organization which is making great efforts towards
"Making A Difference for Women".
Soroptimist International of Oita-Midori was chartered as the 49th club of the Japan Minami region on Oct.15,1989.
We have established "Friendship Links" with SI Rio-Tijuana and SI Obihiro.
Incidentally Midori means green and the flower of our club is Sazanka which is also the symbol of Oita city.

Meeting Location : TOKIWA-KAIKAN
Meeting Date&Time : 3rd Thurs.noon
Office : 5F Oita-Shokokaigisho Build.
3-15-19 Nagahama-cho,OITA
870-0023 JAPAN
TEL 097-536-6830 / FAX 097-536-6818


PROJECT "MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR WOMEN"
Vocational Training School for Women in Nepal
SI Oita-Midori along with our sister club, SI Obihiro started the international joint project to help women in Nepal in 1995, the same year the UN Platform For Action of Beijing 1995 was endorsed by Soroptimist International. We began building a community center in the Taru people's village, which was completed in 1996.

The Taru people are an indigenous minority race in western Nepal. However, they have been discriminated against by the Nepalese government. Since over 80% of the Taru women are illiterate, they are easily cheated out of their land.

A dress making class

We started a program for those women to increase literacy and to teach new job skills at our center so that they are able to become independent. We provide money to the Taru Welfare Committee which was founded to promote education, health care and self-reliance. 245 students have graduated so far and some of them started their own business.

The success of this project is thanks largely to the efforts of Mr. Kenichiro Sakon who is in charge of the committee under the unstable condition in Nepal.

Soroptimists in the village

Sazanka Fund
This is a project for the prevention of and the assisting of victims of domestic violence. SI Oita-Midori has provided financial support to domestic violence shelters in Oita since 1999. This project was honored with the 3rd prize of the Soroptimists Celebrating Success Award in the 36th Biennial Convention in Honolulu.
Soroptimists Celebrating Success Award

Support to "Ocular Inflammation Group"
The group is composed of patients with ocular inflammation including disease sufferers, their families, doctors and volunteers. The president, Minoru Nishida is a disease sufferer and he has totally lost his sight due to the disease. However he has accepted the challenge of his condition and is leading the group. The main activities of the group are to supply medicine to foreign countries and provide finance to the researchers worldwide.
A large number of Asian women living along the Silk Road are suffering from Silk Road Disease( disease). SI Oita-Midori has supported this group since 2001. We hope the etiology for disease is advanced and all of the patients in adversity will be cured.



President Minoru Nishida


SERVICE PROGRAMS "AWARENESS, ADVOCACY, ACTION"
CLUB Original
Economic and Social Development :
Christmas Party with Unfortunate Children
Education : "Trees of Peace" in a Local School
Environment : Keep The Earth Clean
Health : Campaign For the Prevention of Drug Abuse
Human Rights / Women's status :
Campaign For the Elimination of Child Prostitution
IGU : Day trip to Ancient Temples in Kunisaki with Foreign Students
SOLT : Brain Storming Sessions about Soroptimist
Public Relations : Annual Bulletins and the Homepage
Ways&Means : "Joe Yamanaka's Dinner Show"


REGIONAL
UN-HABITAT Fukuoka Office :
"The Photo-Exhibition of Afghanistan's Reconstruction"
by SI Oita, SI Oita-Funai and SI Oita-Midori in 2002
Making a Difference Scholarship :
Supporting Research Expence for Women Doctors Japan Minami Region's Youth Forum, Refugee Relief Fund, Contribution to UNHCR


FEDERATION
Domestic Violence Initiative :
Handing out Hotline-Cards in Workplace in Oct.
Donation for Disaster Relief Fund


INTERNATIONAL
The Quadrennial Project :
$1000 every year for assisting the Victims of Landmines
Other Donations for President's Appeal and Five-0 Project

UNITED NATIONS
UNICEF : Donation and Purchasing Cards
UNESCO : "UNESCO Co-Action" for Fundraising and Awareness

GOVERNMENTAL
Support to "The International Wheelchair Marathon"


Winner of Youth Forum


Fundraising


An ancient temple in Kunisaki


Our club burettins


The Wheelchair Marathon


AWARDS
FEDERATION
The Violet Richardson Award, Women Helping Women, Women of Distinction,
Womwn's Opportunity Awards

JAPAN FOUNDATION
Sen Kayoko Award, Social Volunteer Award, Environmental Contribution Award,
Young Leadership Trainer Award

The winner of the volunteer award 2002 Yoko Kajiwara, A leader of Free School "Freely"


MEMBERSHIP "LET'S ENJOY SOROPTIMIST TOGETHER"
Soroptimists are professional women of all ages, cultures and ethnic group. If
you are a professional woman who wishes to provide a voluntary service in an
atmosphere of support, friendship and fun, then joining Soroptimisut may be right
for you.
Soroptimist offers : Fulfillment through action
  Service opportunities to local and global communities
  Friendships
  Worldwide network
  Personal growth


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