Last year I was a volunteer working predominantly with young Mexican girls. Over the summer I volunteered with Afghanistan women & their children. And this fall I'm working with Rohingya women & their children. On the wall inside the building where I volunteer is this beautiful mural. The children are babies up to six years old. Their mothers are learning English & the ways of life here in the USA. I don't know what these families have been through but I do know that we're all human & what we want more than anything is to be safe & for our loved ones to be safe. We are all familiar with fear and love. It's not riches these people are after, it is safety and freedom. I'm beyond grateful to have the opportunity to work with these children. A genuine smile, a listening ear, a gentle voice can be offered to anyone. For a few hours a week I get to offer these children my undivided attention and care. There ARE things we can do even when it feels like there's nothing. And it goes both ways. I feel better because I am DOING something. ❤
Check out this #FlashbackFriday : Pictured here is our founder, @niomanarissa, back in 2008 on one of her first trips to Rajasthan. Her inspiration for WomenServe came from her own childhood, where she did not receive an education due to her family’s gypsy lifestyle in Michigan. Nioma was quoted in North Bay Business Journal saying “...There are things I’ve seen that have drawn me to this work with women and girls, including my personal story of not having a formal education. So, I’ve been planning to do this work for a long time...All the girls I work with in Rajasthan are just like me. All the older women, that are my age, are illiterate and never went to school. Just making women feel important is the first step most people would not take, breaking down that barrier.”
“As our chais sent wisps of steam into the stuffy air of her hut, Jai Mata Ji described a day in her desert life. Before cooking for her family and tending her crops, she walks six miles to the only source of water in the area, carrying water back on her head. Throughout the rest of her day, she will repeat this journey multiple times in order to keep her children and livestock hydrated. In the harsh Thar Desert of Western Rajasthan, water is everything and Jai Mata Ji is her family’s only provider.”-Madeleine Smith, WomenServe volunteer 2016. .
Women are responsible for the household water supply in Western Rajasthan, and it can be a daunting task. That’s why we are committed to obtaining water security in the local supply chain communities where we work. (Pictured is a woman with her family in the harsh environment of the Thar Desert of Western Rajasthan)
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Many women in Western and Central India can be seen wearing colorful veils over their faces. They are called purdahs, a name which also refers to a set of deeply significant religious rules. Purdah is derived from the Hindi word “parda,” literally meaning “curtain.” According to purdah, married women’s faces may not be seen by any men other than her husband. This traditionally includes her in-laws and all elders (male and female) in the family. It is very rare for a woman to lift her purdha in the presence of guests. We always feel incredibly honored when a woman is willing to reveal her face to us. What are your thoughts on purdahs? #WomenServe#RaiseHerVoice#EmpowHer#SM4NP#NGO#Rajasthan#EducateHer#TheFutureIsFemale
*GIVEAWAY* We’re teaming up with @girlsrocksantabarbara to give away 5 pairs of tickets see @sophierosemusic perform this Sunday, September 30, at the @loberotheatre. To enter: Follow @santabarbaramag.rsvp & @girlsrocksantabarbara, and tag a girl that rocks in the comments. Each comment will be counted as an entry! | 📷 Shaojun Chen #girlswhorock#raisehervoice#girlsrocksb#santabarbaramusic#girlsrockcamp
Pictured here are women gathering water from a local pond (naadi) in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan. The ornate pitchers on their heads can weigh dozens of pounds! WomenServe helps families build water tanks (taankas) to provide water security. We also spend time training the female heads of household how to use them and keep them running. .
Image by: @mirjamletsch
"For me, Starfish and its holistic education and empowerment program is the exact formula to change the world."⠀
Guatemala Executive Director Norma shared a powerful speech at our annual fundraising event about how she found her voice and why educating girls is the key to a better world.⠀
For those of you who were unable to attend our event, don’t worry! You can still support Girl Pioneers. Read her speech (link in bio) and visit http://bit.ly/amplify-her-voice to donate today. Our generous supporters gave $130,000 at our event and our goal is to reach a total of $150,000 by September 30th to meet our overall budget goals for this fiscal year!
WomenServe works with young girls of all ages, and we want them to know the sky's the limit. That’s why we facilitate Girl Exposure Visits. These trips take female students to girls colleges in the nearby city of Jodhpur. While we’re there, the girls meet students and learn about ways they can attend in the future. .
Raise your hand if you love female empowerment! We do! .
That’s exactly what our initiatives strive for in Western Rajasthan. By providing the women and girls of these communities with trainings on a wide variety of topics (such as hygiene, economic development, and self-governance of local committees) as well as access to books and bicycles, we hope to remove cultural barriers that prevent equality.
Reposting from @zen_ddha because this is the truth and it needs to be spoken out loud & shared. I lost my mother to cancer, my uncle to cancer and dear friends of mine have suffered dreadfully as a result of cancer. Nobody knows what exactly caused each of these illnesses but we do know what CAN cause them. We know that toxic air, poison in our soil, chemicals in our food supply, pollution in our water & many medications are not healthy for us or mother earth. I see the term 'Fuck Cancer' all of the time and even though I lost my mother to the disease the term doesn't sit well with me. It never did. It's bigger than the cancer. The cancer happened because of something that wasn't right & it is THAT we need to fix. Healthcare for all & a focus on natural holistic treatments. Less anxiety and stress and treatments that are preventative and kind. A government that truly cares for its citizens is necessary as is raising our voices & watching where we put our money. Money talks. It's in our hands. Why support companies that use harmful products? If it helps to say Fuck Cancer then say it, but @zen_ddha brings up a very important point. One worth considering. .
Don’t miss an evening of live music (featuring hit songwriter @sophierosemusic), a silent auction, screen printing, and a chance to learn more about the mission of @girlsrocksantabarbara to empower girls through music education, creative expression, and performance at their annual fundraiser on September 30 at the @loberotheatre. Outdoor activities will begin at 6 pm so get there early for extra fun! #girlsrock#girlswhorock#raisehervoice
WomenServe provides women in Western Rajasthan with tools that allow them to spend more time on themselves and with their families. One of these tools are rainwater security tanks (taankas). When women have a taanka, they are relieved of up to 10 hours a day spent walking to gather water. They can instead spend that time those they love instead of worrying about the essentials. #WomenServe#SM4NP#RaiseHerVoice#TheFutureIsFemale#EmpowHer