Monrovia, Liberia – FFW is committed to “Collective Impact” – working together with partners to achieve the greatest social impact, change, and justice. In keeping with this commitment, we recently formalized a partnership with Habitat for Humanity International, the most noted expert in housing help globally. Habitat sought a partner in Liberia to help them bring their housing expertise to this country after leaving decades ago due to the unprecedented civil war. Of all possible partners, Habitat chose the Foundation for Women – a tremendous testimony to the quality of work we do and are known for in Liberia. Affordable safe housing is a huge challenge in this country of 5 million people, the majority of whom live well below the global poverty level of $2/day. The Foundation for Women has been helping this population since 2006 with individual microfinance and business support, with financial and business support to low-fee independent schools, and with financial and business support to independent community health clinics. By adding this 4th pillar of service, FFW will help women and their families with all aspects of their lives – business, education, healthcare, and now housing. We are excited to now offer this 4th level of support to the families of Liberia.
It has been an extraordinary year. Now more than ever it is time to help those in need. That is what the Foundation for Women does every single day. This holiday season you can change lives by joining with us:
Please join us in giving a gift that changes lives with any amount. We will let you know about the lives you changed. Donate now.
With love and gratitude,
Founder and CEO
Nothing about this year has been normal. As Americans, we have experienced upheaval and challenges beyond anything in recent human history. The global pandemic has changed the way we live and work and has disproportionately impacted millions of vulnerable people. Our country’s painful but necessary reckoning with the scourge of systemic racism has laid bare the changes we must make, long overdue, as citizens and as a country. These existential challenges remind me of the harrowing impact of the Ebola outbreak in 2015, when life as we knew it ended. For Liberians, the pain and trauma of 2020 echo in profound ways. In Liberia, we have a deep well of resilience – and the mission and work of the Foundation for Women is the living, breathing embodiment of this resilience, every day.
Good news from Liberia!! From this to this!
Fire disaster in July - Hospital rebuilt by October. Thank you Foundation for Women friends and supporters! Your contributions and support help make this possible. We're so grateful for our FFW community!
Check out this article from the Daily Observer in Liberia about Benson Hospital and FFW partnering for community clinics and the fire :
The Founder and CEO of the Foundation for Women, Ms. Deborah Lindholm, upon learning of the fire that destroyed the top floor of the Benson Hospital, made a commitment to raise fund for the restoration work at the hospital. Today, she wants to make good on her commitment by presenting a check of Thirteen Thousands United States Dollars (US$13,000.00). In fact, this is the second donation towards this renovation exercise. Earlier this month, while the Benson's were in the United States, Deborah made an initial donation of US$7,000.00.
With this presentation of $13,000.00 today, the Foundation for Women is pleased to announce that US$20,000.00 in total has been raised and turned over to the Benson Hospital to be used for the renovation work at the Hospital.
Celebrating International Women's Day with the launch of the Deborah & Florence Education Fund for Girls
On this special day we want to officially announce the formation of the "Deborah & Florence Education Fund for Girls" which was birthed at the end of 2017 by a generous gift from long-time supporter and board member Janie Davis. Janie has two grandsons for whom she is arranging funding for their education. When we were together a few months ago, Janie expressed the desire to do something for girls as well as boys. She provided the initial gift which the Foundation for Women matched - so we now have $2000 in the account which we hope will grow to fund not just post-high school education for Deborah and Florence, but for many, many girls.
On this special day, I am inviting you to help us continue to offer microfinance and education support to women and girls by:
Globally the world celebrates International Women's Day today. The Foundation for Women acknowledges today as it has for the last two decades. From India to Africa to San Diego to now Liberia, we have been blessed and honored to celebrate and support more than a million women and their families all over the globe. And there is so much more to come!
It has been an amazing and blessed journey so far. As we embark on our third decade of service, we are committed more than ever to the knowing that we are indeed one human family, that we need to be present for and support each other. The Foundation for Women has been a bridge between those of us in the 20% of the population that share more than 90% of the wealth and the 20% of the population that shares less than 1% of the wealth. Please join with us today in standing with our global sisters.
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!
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!!
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,
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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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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All the best!" ~ Ian and Julie Allen, Africa and Beyond Art Gallery