Volunteering work in India for Dianne

Dianne during her visit to India.
Dianne during her visit to India.

Local woman Dianne Stout gave an illustrated talk to her fellow Soroptimists in Dundee recently about her month in India.

Dianne, of Menmuir, was volunteering on projects supported by her friends and fellow Soroptimists in Dundee and Angus as well as the Soroptimists of South Kolkata.

When in India she was able to meet with the Children of the Market Free School for street children, read to them and take them on an outing away from the crowded streets of Kolkata.

She also visited the refuge for 25 girls who have been subjected to physical, mental and psychological abuse and was able to hand over donations of shoes, warm clothing and books which had been paid for through the generosity of her friends.

She participated in seminars for village women raising their awareness of their right not to be abused and in particular raising awareness of human trafficking as many girls from the villages are lured into prostitution and domestic servitude on the promise of education and a better life in the towns.

Soroptimist International of Dundee raised funds to pay for the seminars.

Dianne was also able to hand-over some cows which will enable women to use and sell the milk as well as passing the calves over to other families - a cow as a micro loan!

During the year Dianne has been raising money for the cows and her next fund-raiser is a golf and bridge event at Guthrie Castle on June 10.

Over the last 80 years in Dundee, Soroptimists have tried to live up to the literal translation of their name, which is ‘striving for the best for women locally, nationally and internationally.

Constituted in 1932 their regular meetings are held on alternate Tuesday evenings in the Invercarse Hotel.