FFW Founder Deborah Lindholm and Board Member Janie Davis attended and networked with an international audience of women change-makers around a variety of critical issues. TEDWomen is a three-day conference about the power of women and girls to be creators and change-makers. The program of speakers, workshops, events — and daring discussions — has sparked some of TED's most iconic moments yet. TEDWomen brings together a global community of people interested in exploring how change begins: with innovative thinkers who catalyze ideas toward action. Read on for highlights!
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SAN DIEGO – The Foundation for Women, a San Diego-based non-profit working to end poverty through microfinance, has received funding for it's Liberian microcredit finance programs from the World Bank.
Letters from Liberia: World Bank Funding has arrived and FFW Liberia Honored at Liberian Government MSME Launch!
At 6am this morning, I had a conversation with our FFW Liberia COO David Beyan with tremendous news. After working with the World Bank and the Central Bank of Liberia forever it seems, yesterday funding to expand our microcredit portfolio was deposited into our account. Today there was a special program in recognition of this post-Ebola support and Foundation for Women Liberia was the star!!
We are honored and delighted to be completing 20+ years of service to women and girls and their families via microcredit all over the globe - and to be launching our 3rd decade of service with great joy and anticipation! So much more goodness to come! And we have a special announcement and request. Barbara and Arthur Bushkin have made an extremely generous donation to Foundation for Women. $100,000 is being deposited into our account this week, the beginning of a beyond special commitment to us. Barbara and Arthur would love this first deposit to be the motivation for our community of donors and friends to match this gift. So our request on this GIVING TUESDAY is to demonstrate our gratitude to them and to indeed make every possible effort to match it. You can help!
Thanksgiving is my favorite time of the year. I strive to focus on my gratitude list always. That is the reason I authored the book GRATITUDE Always a few years ago. November is, however, a special time to focus on gratitude as the year is coming to an end. Here are some of my gratitude moments:
None of this would be possible without YOU - so many of you who over the last 20 years have shared your time, treasury, and talent with the Foundation for Women. Thank you!
A very special thank you to Dana, Janie, George, Jennifer, Barbara, and Barbara for joining with me to lead the Foundation for Women.
A tremendous thank you to Cory who keeps everything together always - cannot imagine life without Cory!
To friend Aldis at MISSIONLINES who has shared so many links to help support our work: www.ONLYLOVEisbest.com and www.ONLYHOPEisbest.com and www.MakeEducationFun.com and others!
To Sector 9, the Tony Hawk Foundation, Awesome Beyond Borders Foundation, and so many others for helping us bring skateboarding to Liberia!
And to friend Leena Patidar who has brought COIN UP to us! Here's what COIN UP is:
What if you could simply donate your spare change from everyday purchases to support the Foundation for Women (FFW)? Well now you can, there's an app for that! FFW has partnered with a revolutionary mobile donation app called COIN UP. You can make a monthly impact through COIN UP in 3 Easy Steps:
Please make this your year end gift to the Foundation for Women.
With great gratitude,
Foundation for Women Executive Director Deborah Lindholm was on hand at Elwa Skateboard Academy in Monrovia, Liberia on International Go Skate Day to celebrate the amazing progress of program participants. Check out their amazing progress over the past few months going from their flat, basketball court learning area to the open road. Skateboarding in Liberia is providing a fun new focus for kids, building camaraderie between students and introducing a much needed additional mode of transport. From the confident slaloms to the skateboard handstand, some of them look like they've been skating for years already!
–For 60 Helmets Donation
By Omari Jackson for The Daily Observer, Monrovia, Liberia. Read the full article online.
The ELWA Academy Skateboard Club yesterday expressed appreciation to the Tony Hawk Foundation for the donation of 60 helmets to help build interest in the sport. The helmets were presented to the club by the founder and chief executive officer of Foundation for Women, Deborah Lindholm, yesterday during skateboard training at the school’s campus in Monrovia.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Foundation for Women Monrovia, Liberia
I have been back “home” here in Liberia for a week now – and am wondering why I ever leave… Every time I return, I immediately step back into the love of this West African nation; despite the challenging circumstances, love is everywhere. Oretha greets me each morning as I complete my workout in the gym. Karpo and Etta and Claire and Louisa welcome me to breakfast – and James makes my regular scrambled eggs with cheese and tomorrow. Korto and Seema and Princess and Chris and their front desk team offer warm “Good Morning Deborah!” wishes as I leave the RLJ Kendeja – and greet driver Calvin. I regularly tell Calvin that he needs to clone himself as “I need a Calvin in Liberia and a Calvin in America!”
The greeting on the Foundation for Women office door here reads, “WELCOME HOME DEBORAH!! ALWAYS FABULOUS TO HAVE YOU HERE!!!” Love.
Friday, June 2, 2017 Monrovia, Liberia
It has been too long since I have contributed to this blog. For so many unbelievable reasons… Tonight I must write as I am a witness to the political reality in America and its reverberating affect here in Africa. The US, my country of birth but perhaps no longer my country of choice, has joined Syria and Nicaragua in not supporting the Paris Climate Agreement. My heart is broken. I have known my entire life that we are indeed “one human family” – that we are all connected and that we all need each other. The geopolitical boundaries are just that – geopolitical boundaries – not human family boundaries.
A donation of $60 brings another child into the Elwa Academy Skateboarding Club. Help us spread the word about bringing joy to kids who have grown up in the context of poverty, war and even Ebola. This program is incentivizing education for nearly 100 kids now. Help us reach our goal of 500!
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Deborah Lindhom is the Founder and CEO of the Foundation for Women. For over 20 years she has lived and worked in Africa, India and the United States on issues of poverty, education and microcredit.