Hope for Change, Hope for the Future

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Whether you have volunteered in the past, donated to a charity or found yourself aiding a stranger in need at the local grocery store, you have felt the satisfaction of knowing you are helping someone else.  Many of us have reached out for help of some kind at one time or another in our lives and it feels good to give back.  All great charities and service organizations have started from an inspiration to give, with one or two people having a vision about how they would like to serve others.  These organizations enable inspired people to contribute in meaningful ways to the world around them.  Today’s highlight is Women for Women International.  

Women for Women International ‘mobilizes women to change their lives through a holistic approach that addresses the unique needs of women in conflict and post-conflict environments.’ They begin by ‘working with women who may have lost everything in conflict and often have nowhere else to turn. Participation in a one-year program launches women on a journey from victim to survivor to active citizen. As each woman engages in a multi-phase process of recovery and rehabilitation, she opens a window of opportunity presented by the end of conflict to help improve the rights, freedoms and status of women in her country. As women who go through the program assume leadership positions in their villages, actively participate in the reconstruction of their communities, build civil society, start businesses, train other women and serve as role models, they become active citizens who can help to establish lasting peace and stability.’

Women for Women International has also been supported by the efforts of Oprah.  Oprah.com has listed a “For All Women Registry” on her website presenting organizations and charities that are making profound impacts on the lives of women in need all over the world.  Direct aid for medical care for mothers and infants, healing rape survivors, protecting women against slavery, offering an education as well as providing resources for women to start their own businesses, are each needs that have been addressed by the efforts of these organizations and the many individuals who are working diligently to make a difference.(http://www.oprah.com/package/oprahshow/oprahshow/pkgregistry/20090925-tows-registry-girls-women)

To learn more about Women for Women International and how you can be a part of their purpose to ‘help women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency’ visit: http://www.womenforwomen.org/

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