We would like to introduce our most recent contributor to New
Perspectives, Bonnie MacDonald.
Bonnie's positive attitude and outlook will be a definite asset to the
section that is meant to be uplifting. We welcome Bonnie and know that
you, our readers, will enjoy her take on life."
REACHING OUT TO ALL WOMEN
In March thousands of events are held throughout the
world to celebrate the social, economic and political accomplishments of
women around the globe. Although Intenational Women's Day is recorded on
the calendar as March 8th, it's a day that should be kept in mind
throughout the year because although much has been accomplished to
support women, there are still many women who suffer greatly.
There are a number of organizations working on behalf of women in
crisis.In our area we have the Women's House providing a safe haven for
local women in need of assistance. On a global level a variety of groups
are working to support the countless women who are victims of the
horrific wars of the past and present, and who are now struggling to
pick up the pieces of their lives and move forward.
"Women for Women International" is a fantastic organization that is
assisting women and families in peril. The organization operates
programs in Rwanda, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan,
Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq and Kosovo. In those countries many women have
not only lost their family members and homes, but also their dignity and
hope. The horrors that they have experienced are beyond comprehension,
but thanks to organizations such as "Women for Women International",
there are ways for each of us to reach out to help and show that we
really do care.
One way to assist is through the sponsorship program. Yes, this does
involve a monthly financial commitment (approximately the cost of a
daily coffee) for one year, but if affordable, the rewards of
participating in the program far outweigh the financial costs.
Participants are matched with a "sister" in a war-torn country. During
the one year span, the "sister" will not only receive the
financial aid to provide food and the necessities for her family,
but she will also be enrolled in a support program of recovery,
rehabilitation and skills training. After receiving a picture and
profile of the new "sister", participants have the opportunity to
provide emotional encouragement and support through the exchange of
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Oftentimes the emotional support of such a program even
outweighs the obvious financial component. As expressed on the website,
"You are literally about to change the life of another woman." However,
understanding that a financial commitment is not possible for everyone,
the organization has provided another easy and meaningful opportunity to
let these women know that they are not forgotten. Underneath the tab
"GET INVOLVED" at
www.womenforwomen.org anyone can send a short message of support,
and as stated on the website, "Even just a few simple words of
encouragement can make a world of difference to a woman who is
struggling to survive." Your message will appear as a star of hope in
the night sky. One message left by a woman in the U.S.A. reads, "You are
not alone. Don't ever give up. Be strong. You are loved." Wow, talk
about the power of words . . .
Let's make sure that all women know that they are loved and appreciated.
As stated on the "Women for Women International" website, we can help
those who are struggling "embark on a journey from victim to survivor to
active citizen". Whether choosing to help locally or on a global level,
we all have the power to make a difference.
If you are interested in becoming a proud sister or sending a message of
hope, please visit -