That’s this year’s theme for International Women’s Day.
Each year around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Hundreds of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.
Organizations, governments and women’s groups around the world choose different themes each year that reflect global and local gender issues.
IWD has been on my radar for frillions of years. As a teacher, I was quick to add women’s history to any unit we studied in class. I loved sharing anecdotal histories of women as well as information about notable women of the past. I never thought to discuss the politics of gender though, to visit much beyond yesteryear or my own backyard. Now, with my thoughts firmly tethered to Ethiopia, I spend a great deal of time thinking about the women and girls there, not in the past tense, but today.
Those of us thinking about Ethiopia know that it can be a challenging place for women and girls. Women are less likely to be educated or become literate, they marry early, give birth to greater numbers of children (more than 7 on average) than in other parts of the world, and are more likely to die in childbirth. The statistics are far more grim for the orphaned girls of Ethiopia.
That’s why I’m happy to share with you the mission of our partner, Children’s Heaven.
“Our mission is to embrace and empower the precious orphaned girls entrusted to our care in an effort to minimize their socio-economic vulnerability. We provide essential services to our children along with compassionate care, love, hope, security and religious guidance. We also equip them with the necessary skills, knowledge, opportunity and self assertiveness that will enable them to lead healthy and productive adult lives.”
Ethiopian Orphan Relief Inc. is proud to partner with Children’s Heaven. You‘ve helped to move the program from a few shipping containers into a beautiful furnished building with room to grow and you are continuing to help Hanna meet the needs of more than 100 girls in Ethiopia. Today, International Women’s Day, is a great day to make an additional donation to EOR’s partner, Children’s Heaven, to further the health and well-being of the girls of Ethiopia. With your support, EOR will be able to develop a full service feeding program so that Children’s Heaven can provide nutritious meals to the girls in care every day of the week.
My donation is made to honor my own well fed, well educated Ethiopian girl, Astrid Meklit. Who is honored by your gift?