Many of us are here in San Jose hearing amazing stories, meeting amazing people, and getting more and more inspired to continue the work of Dining for Women:
to empower women and girls living in extreme poverty by funding programs that foster good health, education, and economic self‐sufficiency and to cultivate educational giving circles that inspire individuals to make a positive difference through the power of collective giving.
The following book review was written and provided by Elizabeth Howard.
Leymah Gbowee, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Tawakkul Karman were jointly awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for their peacebuilding efforts in Liberia and Yemen. The celebration of these remarkable women will shed light on the transformative power of women in the processes of peace and democracy.
The following guest post is from Holly Mosher, a documentary filmmaker.
Elizabeth Howard, Dining for Women Board member, attended the launch of Women, War & Peace at the Ford Foundation in New York last evening. The documentary, created by Abigail E. Disney, Pamela Hogan and Gini Reticker will air as a five-part series on PBS channels beginning on October 11. The screening was of the last episode of the five part series, entitled “War Redefined.”
Somalia is experiencing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Famine is rampant. Millions of people in that country, located in the horn of Africa, are on the brink of starvation. The UN estimates 29,000 children under the age of five have died in southern Somalia and 3.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance across the country. Thousands have fled to Kenya and Ethiopia for help. There are heroes in Somalia who are working tirelessly in perilous situations to ease the suffering there.One such hero is Hawa Abdi, a Somali obstetrician and gynecologist who in 1983 established a one-room clinic near Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.
Blogger Carol Doane joined DFW's Vancouver, Washington Chapter and posted a summary of the July dinner, which raised $880. Forty people attended. "It was a wonderful evening, with lots of new women," Vancouver, WA-1 Chapter Leader Katlin Smith said.
A local NBC New Channel filmed Jean Moore's Ahwautkee, AZ Chapter in May.
Click here to watch the news video, "Dining for Women: Meet a local group of women raising money for women and children who are less fortunate."
A visit in April from Lotus Outreach Executive Director Erika Keaveney breaks attendance and fundraising records
by Carolyn Mayers, chapter leader for Dining for Women Onancock, Virginia
A participant in the DFW Travel Program to Peru, May 31-June 9, shares the highlights of the trip.
by Taryn Walker
Click here to read the complete post.
The Abington, PA chapter's June meeting welcomed special guest Betsy Teutsch, a board member from Shining Hope for Communities, DFW's featured program for June. Abington, PA Chapter Leaders are Mary Liz Jones and Debbie Britt.
Read the Shining Hope blog for more information.
On Wednesday, June 8th, the Skaneateles, NY and Manlius, NY Chapters held their first joint DFW meeting at the home of Jeannette Artini, DFW Regional Manager (RM) and Co-leader in the Northeast.
The following questions are covered in this month's educational materials. Click on our blog to see the answers.
1. _________is the largest slum in Nairobi, and the second largest urban slum in Africa.
2. The name "Nairobi" means what in the Masai language?
3. In what year was our featured program, Shining Hope for Communities, founded?
4. How many cents of every dollar spent on international development is directed specifically toward adolescent girls?
5. The World Bank reports that eliminating ____ helps narrow the gender gap, and increases both girls' and boys' enrollment in school.
6. This month, we highlight which UN Millennium Development Goal?
DFW's two chapters in Mexico, led by Natha Katz, combined their meetings into one this month in Mexico City.
A speaker from May's featured program, Mujeres Aliadas, talked about the organization's successful midwife program.
The two chapters raised more than $3,500 in donations that day.