The Security Institute’s chairman Garry Evanson CSyP has selected Emerge Poverty Free as the Chairman’s Charity through until March 2017. Emerge Poverty Free helps people living in east Africa lift themselves out of poverty, working in a sustainable way alongside local communities to ensure they have the tools, knowledge and resources to fulfil their potential. The charity enables people to grow their own food, provide access to clean water and offer business skills, advice on income generation projects and training.
“We’re delighted to be working with such a proactive charity as Emerge Poverty Free,” commented Evanson. “While this is not a charity in the security sector as is our normal choice of charity partner, I’ve been impressed by the excellent work Emerge Poverty Free is undertaking. From my point of view, I wanted us to support a smaller charity where our help makes a visible difference to people’s lives rather than our contribution being lost among so many other donations. I do hope our events will help Emerge Poverty Free in its important work over the coming months.”
The partnership was launched on Thursday 12 November at The Security Institute’s annual Remembrance Lecture in London (more of which anon). At the event, CEO Jeremey Horner introduced the charity and outlined how the funds raised from the event, which featured a speech from Major General ‘Chip’ Chapman, will go towards helping a project of particular interest to The Security Institute – the 16 Days of Activism project aimed at increasing the security and safety of women in Uganda at risk from domestic violence and worse.
The Anasi Farmer’s Association was set up in 2010 as a community-based organisation by and for economically marginalised women. The Association works with rural women living in poverty, teaching them valuable skills to help them start income generation projects to earn a living which they then use to feed and educate their children. This has increased women’s earnings from the poverty line of $1 per day to $1.50.
However, as women become empowered, so their safety has become threatened and their growth can trigger domestic violence. It’s vital for the Anasi Farmer’s Association to continue to empower its women, but it’s equally necessary to remove the obstacles and dangers in achieving this.
Women in the communities need protection such that they can work unhindered and contribute to the success of the local economy and their own families.
Running from 25 November to 10 December, 16 Days of Activism is an imperative community engagement programme aiming to combat this terrifying side effect of women raising themselves out of poverty through Community Parliaments, dramas and role play, radio talk shows and dedicated Workshops.
The Security Institute is funding this incredibly important initiative with Emerge Poverty Free and the Anasi Farmer’s Association in a bid to end violence and promote personal security, entrepreneurship and sustainability.
Remembrance Event in central London
The Security Institute held its annual Remembrance Lecture at Brown’s Court Rooms, Covent Garden in central London on Thursday 12 November with Major General ‘Chip’ Chapman CB serving as the evening’s Guest Speaker.
A packed room heard General Chapman recount key details of his career while drawing a line between his service and the service and sacrifice of others (including his own forebears in earlier conflicts).
Perhaps the most telling part of his speech was the phrase from Herodotus: ‘In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons’. Drawing on his thorough knowledge of military campaigns through the ages, General Chapman demonstrated the sad truth of this timeless axiom with examples personal to him.
During the course of the evening, Stephen Green CSyP was presented with his certificate of admittance to the Register of Chartered Security Professionals by The Security Institute’s chairman Garry Evanson, duly taking the total number of CSyPs on the Register to 97.