Thursday, May 1, 2008

Women For Women International

It's been a while since I've posted...February to be exact. It's been a busy start to a year for me. My craft room has been going through another big change. I know, like a lot of you, I do a little bit of everything...jewelry, cards, sewing, polymer clay, etc. Well, I signed up to be a Stampin' Up Demonstrator in March and decided at that point to make my room much more focused for papercrafts. After many trips to Goodwill donating my "extras", I can proudly say the room transformation is almost complete. In the meantime, Stampin' Up and my upline must be VERY happy with me 'cause I'm doing a lot of buying right now to fill in the gaps of my old supplies!


That being said, I'd like to introduce you to a new area on my blog. About a week ago, I stumbled on The Greatest Silence, an HBO program about the plight of women in the Congo. By the time the program was over I KNEW I wanted to step up and do something to help. These poor women had their husbands killed in front of them, male children taken as Freedom fighters for a cause I'm sure they didn't even believe in and all the females in their families, from the youngest the oldest, raped repeatedly by the militia that invaded their villages. If they had husbands, their husbands would abandon them because they were raped. It was even said that family members weren't supposed to eat the food they prepared. Wounded both physically and mentally, the women stumble into camps for medical care, many having SERIOUS genital problems from being raped repeatedly and with objects like sticks and guns! Some were pregnant or had given birth to children of their rapist. Peace of mind would take quite a bit longer than their rehabilitating bodies if ever.

But hurray for Women For Women International! They are using sponsor money to help women in locations of conflict, one by one, by helping to provide the food, shelter, medical care and teaching them occupational skills to help them on the road to financial stability and sustainability. Please take a moment to view the information in this YouTube video, visit the website www.womenforwomen.org. Also, on the right side of my blog area, you will see a link to make a donation directly to Women For Women International. I'm so thankful to live in a Free Nation where my rights as a woman are respected and upheld. I'm thankful to be able to have a job like Stampin' Up that does so much for me. It's a job that provides me with income and an outlet for creativity. Search your hearts and if you are free to give today, please give a little or a lot. Thank you so much....I'M THANKFUL FOR YOU, MY STAMPIN' SISTERS!

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