Sub-Sahara

We have two programs in Sub-Sahara, Wanjohi Farm in Kenya and Sorawell Professional Training Center for Women in Cameroon.   Glancing through CFR blogposts on Africa, this one caught my eye as it has to do with that region.  Especially in light of the revolutionary energy surging across that continent and beyond it, it makes an interesting read.

Council on Foreign Relations blog, March 3 post by Joseph Campbell
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Education at the front lines

Education at the Front Lines

New UNESCO report to be released.
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mosaic = all of us trying to make a difference

“What one man can do is change the world & make it young again.”

Well, each of us wants to change the world…. at least for one person (!) but hopefully for many, many more.   And sometimes it’s just that one smile or that one hour to listen to someone pour their heart out, that makes the difference.  Other times, we want to do something greater, bigger…  but we forget that those random acts of kindness do add up to something greater than they’d be alone.

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That’s what this blog’s about: a mosaic.   Beautiful, small, powerful pieces coming together from many countries, creating one picture the world over.  It’s a few people here, a handful of people there, who start something but great.  That’s all you need because with those seeds well-sown, we have the making of a great harvest.   I’m Program Manager at Foundation SCA (Foundation for Social & Cultural Advancement) & this blog is basically a mosaic (yes, yet again) of all the colorful, interesting & moving issues related to the work I do.  But above all, it’s about people.

Basically, the foundation promotes women and girls, especially those who are under-privileged, by supporting locally-initiatedprograms (does “by the people, for the people” ring a bell?)focused specifically on the education and advancement of women.  It‘s an incredible mission, I think.

If you help one woman, you potentially help one family, then one community…and a whole country.  (Obvious?  Er…not to everyone, which is what we’re trying to change.)

Right now, we’re helping women and girls inCameroon,Kenya, Slovenia, Poland, Russia, Honduras,and two cities here in the US, Chicago and D.C. (We also helped Haiti.)

Interested in knowing what’s happening in those places & how we’re helping, or the current news & goings-on in the developing world?   Then keep your eye on this blog!

-Michelle Datiles, Foundation SCA

 

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The World in 2011

Interesting article from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace:  looking ahead to the major international issues facing us as we launch into the new year:  THE WORLD IN 2011


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Merry Christmas and a Happy 2011

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Finding peace.

This is a time of finding and keeping inner peace and joy, especially since we are surrounded by unrest. I just saw this post come in (on UN Dispatch) about the critical situation in Cote d’Ivoire and  thought I’d post it just to spread awareness.  Every region has its share of troubles.  May every person involved, be it directly or no, with finding solutions that will lead to peace find their own personal peace since that is always the first and vital step.

UN DISPATCH: Cote d’Ivoire
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spotlight on GUATEMALA, part 2

 

Isabel, one of the women who was able to begin her own small business through the training and support of Las Gravileas, our partner in Guatemala

I am Isabel.  I am 58 years old and a widow.  With four children, I needed a way to earn a living to continuing caring for them, to feed and educate them.  I made a living washing and ironing clothing until that was no longer an option.  Later, when it became harder to find work than when I was younger, I was lucky enough to discover Las Gravileas.  The courses they offer gave me a way to still care for my family.  Because of Las Gravileas, I can earn a living by working from home.

Soy Isabel. Tengo 58 años de edad a partir de mi viudez me quede a cargo de la alimentación y educación de mis hijos que son 4.  Me ganaba la vida lavando y planchando ajeno hasta que salieron de carrera.  Posteriormente debido a mi edad ya no pude trabajar como lo hacía de joven y el estar recibiendo cursos en Gravileas me ayudo a poder trabajar desde mi hogar.

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