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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THANK YOU! Our 2nd annual cocktail reception on Dec. 2, 2010 was such a fabulously festive evening!

THANK YOU to all who attended our event at the Embassy of Slovenia, and gave the evening such a warm & festive spirit, those who supported the Foundation with your generous gifts, and to all our truly committed Board of Directors, Staff, Event Committee and volunteers for all your hard work and joie de vivre!

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Expansion 2011: Guatemala, part 1

New!  In 2011, we will be expanding our efforts in Central America (we previously helped a program in Honduras) as we partner with Las Gravileas, a much-needed training center for women in Guatemala.

After Tropical Storm Agatha rampaged parts of the country this past February, the severe situation of poverty in parts of Guatemala reached even more alarming levels.

The program we will be partnering with in 2011 focuses specifically on the Department of Sacatepéquez, located in the foothills of the volcanoes of Agua, Fuego and Acatenango, a dangerous geographical position during Agatha because communities were swept away in the powerful currents of mud, stones, and trees.   Women in those areas suddenly need to find ways of earning a living or make extra on top of what their husbands earn.   Las Gravileas is a brilliant solution to this ever-increasing pressure: they provide women with an intense period of training in a traditional craft and how to get a small business going.  And since time is of the essence (these women do not have the luxury of years of studying: they need to be working and earning as soon as possible to support their families), the courses have been well-structured into a 3-month time frame.  From the FIRST DAY, women are already taught how to start their small business.  (Tropical Storm Agatha news article)

Brilliant?  We thought so and we’re proud to be partnering with them.

If you want to help, please act on that generous impulse and donate to Foundation SCA HERE.   You can also see the other awesome programs and projects we’re supporting by going to our GLOBAL MAP.

Happy travels!
-Michelle Datiles, Foundation SCA

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2nd Annual Benefit for Foundation SCA

It will be a fabulous evening in support of educating women and girls in developing and emerging countries, including SLOVENIA, KENYA, CAMEROON, POLAND and GUATEMALA!

You will enjoy a festive evening and learn more about our programs, meet our Board members and staff, hear some remarks from Ambassador Kirn and a special guest, and taste delicious Slovenian food, sweets, and wine. You can view an invitation on our website and buy tickets on-line.  We appreciate your support to help us grow Foundation SCA so we can help more women and children around the globe in 2011!

HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE EMBASSY!

-Michelle Datiles, Foundation SCA

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Giving. Thanks.

“Happy Thanksgiving!”

And out comes the whole array of sparkling wines, currant sauces,perfect gravies and stuffings, autumn-veggies in fabulous dishes, golden pies and of course, a turkey.

Fabulous and having all the warmth of hearth and home.  And typical, right?  

Until you look beyond the pale and see (and not too terribly far, mind you) another face of giving thanks: in faces and families who can only dream of our typical Thanksgiving dinner but are happy nonetheless.   This is not to put a downer on that grand old 4th Thursday of November (enjoy it!) but to remind us to be content with what we have, to be grateful for it…

…and to follow whatever interior promptings spring into those random acts of kindness that can change a life.


No copyright infringement intended.  Image: Freedom from Want by Norman Rockwell.  In case you’re interested, right now in the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum there is a special exhibit of Normal Rockwell paintings. It’ll be up until January 2, 2011.  Highly recommended!

 
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