Sue has just retired as Chair of GEN (as of April 2021) but will continue as a trustee. In her place, the trustees have chosen Bet Tickner as the new Chair. Bet has been a trustee for some years and is particularly involved in promoting End Poverty’s work with women’s crafts and empowerment through income generation.
Sue had been Chair almost from GEN’s foundation in 2002 and in 2009 was instrumental in establishing a grassroots NGO in India, End Poverty (EP). She has been GEN’s main driving force throughout.
She was instrumental in guiding EP to launch programmes to help young adolescent girls to develop literacy and numeracy skills, village women to gain handicraft and sewing skills, and to establish women’s self-help groups. She also, through GEN, helped develop EP’s work on farming practices and establishing village development groups. In addition, she helped EP to enhance its organisational, reporting and fundraising skills. She encouraged through funding and guidance the new EP research project on women’s empowerment, While GEN-supported projects have been mainstreamed, EP has now expanded its work in agriculture, adding projects to improve marketing of local produce and dairy farming.
It is good to record that Sue’s retirement from the chair comes when the main goal of GEN has been achieved. End Poverty, the grassroots organisation which we have empowered, is thriving, with its activities and geographical range expanding beyond its initial area of work in Rajasthan.
Sue’s last success in fundraising for EP has enabled the appointment of a fundraiser at EP and we already see the transformation this is enabling.
For our part, the trustees continue to fundraise for the women’s and girls’ programmes which are our focus now, in particular, the new women’s empowerment project.
Especial thanks to Sue whose vision and energy have been the foundation on which we have succeeded.
The trustees and Associates of GEN, April 2021