11 May 2012

Friday Top 5

In about two hours I'll be on my way to Pennsylvania for the weekend. While it is Mother's Day weekend and my mom does live in PA, that's not the only reason I'm headed there. Tonight is the premiere of Well of Dreams, a documentary film made by a friend focused on the life story of the extraordinary Anne Okelo. I've been privileged to help filmmaker Cindy Speaker in some minor ways, and tonight, we'll enjoy the culmination of several years of effort.

Top 5 Things to Know about Well of Dreams:
  1. Young women in Africa are often denied education once they reach puberty because they cannot afford sanitary supplies. You can help by making a donation to Huru International.
  2. Women and children in Africa and other places in the less-developed world daily subject themselves to grave danger in pursuit of water that may not even be clean and safe to drink. You can help by making a donation to charity:water.
  3. Girls in Africa and other places in the less-developed world are STILL forced into marriages they don't want when they aren't even teenagers yet. You can help by making a donation to the Tahirih Justice Center.
  4. One of the most effective ways to empower women and help them control their own destiny is to provide the means for them to control their own reproduction. You can help by making a donation to the International Planned Parenthood Federation.
  5. Women in unsettled regions of the world are in danger of poverty, illness, rape, mutilation and death every day as a result of war. You can help by making a donation to Women for Women International.
Flowers are nice, but I'll be your mom would love a donation to one or more of these excellent organizations as a gift this weekend.

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