3/8 International Women’s Day 2011 – let’s
celebrate awesome girls (like those in this video from Room to Read's program in Nepal) & women all over the world! Embrace those in your life!
March 8th is not only International Women's
Day, but also the day my first daughter was born! I celebrate her
birthday here in Oregon, while she is thousands of miles away working with
young women in Vietnam. Obviously
I am proud of her and her work, as I am of my other daughter who taught English
in Korea for 4 years. I also
celebrate all the women I have known who have had the courage to try the
unknown, to seek a better life for themselves and their family, and who have
advocated for others!
I remember the courage it took for Rosa,
Tanja, & Åsa to come from their own cultures & countries to live with
us and learn in the US; the courage and hard work it took for young women -
Ambika, Kausalya, Ilakkiya in southern India who were the first to attend
college in their families. They, along
with so many others continue to volunteer at the SEED center afterschool
program to help the younger students.
There is Suzane in The Democratic Republic of Congo with 8 children and
Hellena in Sudan with 4 children that are working with Women for Women
International learning how to advocate for themselves and each other.
Of course, there are wonderful women friends
here in the US and far away who are supportive and have shared their lives. I have treasured their visits, phone
calls, & e-mails as well as those from friends in Argentina, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Nepal, India,
Hong Kong, England, Tasmania, Canada, Thailand,Japan,& Belgium. Best wishes to all those who have
already captivated our hearts and to those countless motivated women who
eagerly work hard to make a better life for themselves and their families.
Here is Kirsten’s first blog while she is
working her way through India, Nepal, Vietnam & Cambodia. Through interviewing high school
graduates in the Room to Read
program, she is providing a venue for talking about their goals &
dreams. She and the program’s
assistants are helping to give them a voice, sharing their stories with the world.
ROOM to READ: