Inside Syria, a Grandma Faces Down War: Nicholas D. Kristof–nytimes.com–11/20/12–Photo: Syria’s Forgotten Video
UPDATE October 5, 2012: Talia’s book, A Random Book About the Power of ANYone, was published this week. Congrats, Talia!
By Stacey Gualandi/May 29, 2012
Talia Leman. You may not recognize that name now, but you will. When it comes to helping people around the world, she is fast becoming a household name. Talia was just 10-years-old when she set out to assist survivors of Hurricane Katrina. She and kids all around the country helped raise millions.
“I wanted to create a place to provide all the tools and resources for kids to achieve whatever goal they set for the world.” Talia Leman
Now, just seven short years later, she is the C.E.O. of her own non-profit, RandomKid. This organization is about helping kids to help others, and as a result, it creates global problem solvers.
I got the chance to talk with this teenage innovator recently on The Women’s Eye Radio Show. And while she would deny it, Talia Leman is anything but a random kid as you’ll see in this excerpt from that interview… [Read more...]
UPDATE May 20, 2013: Dining for Women will celebrate it’s 10th Anniversary–Their Decade of Dreams–June 21-23–in Greenville, South Carolina.
While meditating in 2002, Marsha Wallace had a vision: “What if every month you meet with your gal pals, you take the money that you would normally spend at a bar or restaurant, and then donate that money to help poverty-stricken women and girls half way around the world?”
“I do believe if you ask you will receive. We’re best when we’re living with purpose.” Marsha Wallace
Sounds like a simple concept right? Well, that inspired idea became DINING FOR WOMEN, Marsha’s organization that now boasts over 200 chapters in the U.S. and in three countries, and has raised over $946,000 for 48 charities in developing nations.
EYE Contributor Stacey Gualandi confesses cooking is not her thing, but dining out with friends is. And she was looking for a fun way to make a difference. So she connected in more ways than one when she spoke to Marsha.
Her passion, enthusiasm, and initiative was so compelling, Stacey will be starting the first DFW chapter in Hollywood, CA, in February… [Read more...]
When Ruthie Rosenberg joined her local book club four years ago in the small town of Katonah, NY, she never envisioned that reading a book would catapult her into a worldwide cause to save female victims of human trafficking .
But a committed club of six have joined forces with Apne Aap Women Worldwide to empower and educate young girls in Bihar, India, and put an end to sex slavery.
It all began when this married mother of two made a bold book choice, the moving and emotional Half the Sky by the Pulitzer Prize- winning authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
“These are stories of courageous people with incredible determination to flourish under horrendous conditions. They are both disturbing and inspiring.” Ruthie Rosenberg
Stacey Gualandi was so impressed with the Katonah Book Club’s call to action that she contacted Ruthie to find out why they reached out to a hostel half a world away and how we, too, could help her hold up half the sky… [Read more...]
By Pamela Burke/December 2, 2010
Siena Anstis, pictured above on Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda, began the “Women of Kireka” jewelry-making project in 2008 in Kireka near Kampala. Women with a talent for beading were working in the stone quarry there under arduous conditions. They had fled from the northern part of Uganda during a brutal war where their husbands were killed and children abducted.
A strong believer in human rights’ advocacy, Siena joined with Project Diaspora to help 20 women from Kireka turn their beading talents into a profit-making venture through the power of social media and the internet.
Photos on this blog were taken by Siena and Kim Bilmer.
“These women faced almost insurmountable obstacles but they have a tremendous ability to adapt. They are the voice of this business and are making it all possible.” Siena Anstis
Social media in the name of Twitter led me to Siena. I read a tweet by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof where he wrote he had bought all his Christmas presents early from the “Women of Kireka.” So I got to wondering just who and where these creative people were. And that search led me to my conversation with Siena in Montreal… [Read more...]
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