A Jolt of S.O.L.T. Dec 6

 
 
Holiday giving is giving back with meaning. As Henry James once said,“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”
 
Welcome back to your JOLT of S.O.L.T. At this special time of year as we reflect in an effort to recapture the true meaning and importance of the holiday spirit that begins with each of us. It is important to take the time during this busy holiday season to give to those people who are in need. Whether you donate time or money giving back is beneficial and not just for the recipients. I know many clubs out there do great work during this special season of giving. But we have a very special event coming up on December 10th – It’s the United Nation’s observance of Human Rights Day – and Soroptimist’s President’s Appeal. Well let me first give you a little history about Human Rights Day. 
 
History of Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day was established in 1948, and ever since that auspicious day it has stood as the first major stride forward in ensuring that the rights of every human across the globe are protected. From the most basic human needs such as food, shelter, and water, all the way up to access to free and uncensored information, such has been the goals and ambitions laid out that day.
 
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was a shout across the world by the leading countries in the world, stating loud and clear that no matter where we live, what we believe, or how we love, we are each individually deserving of the most basic fundaments of human needs. Every year Human Rights Day marks conferences around the world dedicated to ensuring that these ideals are pursued, and that the basic Human Rights of every person is made a priority in the global theater.
 
How to Celebrate Human Rights Day
The first and foremost way to celebrate Human Rights Day is to take some time to appreciate the effect that this resolution has had on your world and life. Look around your neighborhood and see the effects on a local scale, the charitable works being done to promote the health and well-being of those who are less fortunate.
 
The next step is to get out there and make a difference, whether it’s simply making a donation to one of the dozens of organizations that work towards this global purpose, or organizing a donation drive of your own to help out those organizations fighting the good fight.
 
Don’t think that your gestures have to be grand, simply gathering enough to put together a bunch of care packages of simple needs and necessities and handing them out amongst your local homeless can go a long way to helping to support this cause. The need is large, but is made of limitless minor actions that can lead to a world-wide change in quality of life.
 
So info and History on Soroptimist’s December 10th President’s Appeal
Each year, on December 10, the SI President invites all Soroptimists to join her in making a personal sacrifice and donating money to be used to benefit Soroptimist International projects for education and leadership. When Soroptimist clubs from around the world selected education and leadership as the focus for SI work, SIA was well positioned to support this focus. Since that time, the SIA board added this core value for the organization: Women and girls deserve to lead full and productive lives through access to education. 

Past projects have provided: aid for refugees in camps in Malaysia; protection and help for women AIDS sufferers in Uganda and the Ukraine; scholarships for girls in Mongolia and Rwanda; vocational training programs and shelter for vulnerable women and children in Paraguay; education and nutrition for abandoned children in Vietnam; malaria protection for pregnant women and young children in Benin, West Africa; enhanced access to education for girls in impoverished areas of Pakistan and support for long term patients at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia.

 
This December 10th the International President 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.
 
I’ve attached some information that I encourage you to print out and use for your newsletters and club meetings and help educate our new member about this important time of year. 
 
Stacey Yurmanovic-Sawyer 
Sierra Nevada Region S.O.L.T. (Soroptimist Orientation Leadership Training) Coordinator.

A Global Voice for Women - President's Appeal