La Jolla, CA - After a very quiet and mindful morning followed by a long walk by the sea, I am musing on our one human family – and how diverse our realities are. I doubt anyone in Liberia began their day as I did. That is one of the reasons I am so committed to completing the documentary film HOPE. This is the 10th year that the Foundation for Women has been operating in Liberia. It has been an extraordinary experience getting to know and love the people of this West African nation. Our impact has been tremendous – more than 15,000 microfinance loans to women in more than 250 communities around the country. And more recently, microfinance loans to nearly 100 low fee independent school operators to enhance the education reality for the children of Liberia. All very impactful.
Twenty-one years ago, dear friends from San Diego Hospice, Rotary and La Jolla began gathering in my home monthly to discuss something I heard clearly – “Start something that supports women like you, those whose voices are not being heard.” I was going through a major transition in my life – career, marriage, living space, travel routine – and desperately needed a community. I could not find one, so I said quietly and listened. I often say, “God had a good idea and I was blessed to hear it. The Foundation for Women was born.”
La Jolla, CA - We are very excited to be announcing our Kickstarter campaign to raise money for our new documentary film "Hope: Resilience in the face of war, poverty and Ebola". This film will help us raise awareness and funds for our education and microcredit programs. As a backer you will receive the satisfaction of helping these members of our human family who have valuable lessons for all of us. You'll also be able to chose from several great gifts including handmade bracelets, Premium Microloan Blend Coffee and other items. Be a part of this exciting new project - you can even get your name in the film credits! Go to our Kickstarter page.
Ebola is back. The World Health Organization declared the Ebola epidemic over in January of this year. A 30-year old woman in Liberia became the most recent Ebola statistic. The virus has now claimed the lives of more than 11,000 people in the last 28 months.
About the Author
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.
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