Dear Gentle Travelers,
I really wanted to get the news out to everyone I know about this project that my dear friend Bonnie of the Foundation for a Healing Among Nations is working with. I don’t usually use this blog to put out calls for donations, but I am making a special case for this project. Why I am I doing this?
First of all, because I have known Bonnie and have volunteered with the Foundation as a PR and marketing copywriter for years and I can honestly say I have never encountered a more intention-centered person or organization. And #2, because, quite simply, these girls need the mike and they need to be heard! They are powerful and already have a clear voice inside (that you can clearly see in their beautiful shining faces).
Is The Gentle Traveler a political or fundraising blog?
Is The Gentle Traveler pro supporting young girls as emerging leaders as we enter in to a new era on our planet?
Read on if you are interested in finding out what this all about and how you can help. All the info is right there, ver batim, as my wonderful friend Bonnie and her colleagues wrote it.
And if you can’t contribute, at least spread the word by sharing this post with as many people as you can ASAP. The UN Commission on the Status of Women at the UN in NYC March 14 to 24 is fast approaching!
Now over to Bonnie…
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3 Youth Representatives of Centre (ISRC) have been granted a visa to attend the 60th conference of the UN Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York, March 14 to 24, 2016! They will also participate in youth-led planning sessions for the Inwelle/Purdue University project to install solar energy at their centre in Nigeria, providing energy for learning.
The Inwelle Study and Resource Centre has been invited to participate in the 60th UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). During this gathering their youth representatives are assisting with the presentation of a panel on “Achieving the SDGs through Global Partnerships: Girls in Africa Extending the Boundaries of Education, Technology, and Girl Power.” Please join us in our efforts to support these emerging leaders by donating what you can to ISRC’s partner — The Foundation for A Healing Among Nations (www.healingamongnations.org).
Your contribution will be applied 100% to the needs indicated below. ISRC works to create a world in which marginalized girls are educated to develop their full potential.
Participation in the CSW event at the United Nations is very important for the youth engaged in the implementation of this project. The opportunity to share their work and the needs they are collectively addressing will both inspire them and connect them with a new network of interested persons and institutions that may potentially benefit their joint endeavors.
Now that the visa was granted by the US Embassy in Nigeria (a major achievement!), we are launching an urgent fundraising campaign to bring the youth delegation to the U.S. While in the U.S. they also will be given the opportunity to visit academic institutions and connect with youth actively engaged with the United Nations, in addition to attending sessions of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.
Please donate whatever amount you are comfortable sharing!
Budget for 60th UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW):
Flight ticket: $1,400.00 (Lufthansa Airline) x 3 youth representatives
Hotel in New York from March 14 to 19: 5 nights x $300 =$1,500.00 (1 room shared by 3 female youth reps)
Meals: 4 days x $40.00/day x 3 youth reps = $480.00
Miscellaneous (including winter clothing/shoes): $700
TO MAKE OUT A CHECK: Make out a check for your donation and mail it to the Foundation for A Healing Among Nations (FAHAN) indicating Inwelle in check memo section: 2683 Via De La Valle, SuiteG117, Del Mar, CA 92014
FOR PAYPAL: Login in to your account, click on Pay or Send Money (option Send money to friends or family free of charge) and enter the email address for the FAHAN PayPal account — firstname.lastname@example.org and the amount you wish to send with memo in the note box “INWELLE”. You will receive in your account confirmation that money was sent to The Foundation for A Healing Among Nations.
Since 2014, Inwelle has Special Consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and became an associated NGO with the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) in November 2015. ISRC has established four satellite learning centres at Ogidi and Ozubulu, Anambra State; Ozalla Ezimo and Inyi Enugu Ezike, in Enugu State, Nigeria.
At the above mentioned 60th CSW NGO side event, panel discussions will highlight the value of diverse partnerships focused on science and technology for education and career development in Africa, including youth leadership for realization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Key partners participating on the panel with the voice of ISRC girls (including Raw Science TV and Purdue University honors and engineering students’ representative) will speak on the various aspects of commitment and work required to ensure success for this youth-driven model being developed for replication and adaptation in other African countries.
Inwelle Centre is now focused on identifying indigent and marginalized girls in the above designated communities who are being prepared for careers in science and technology (STEM) and internet technology (I.T.). ISRC girls, led by Ms. Philipa Mmadubuko, with Purdue University honors and engineering students led by Theresa Saenz based in Indiana, are working cooperatively to implement a solar energy solution at ISRC. The effort will be filmed in virtual reality (VR) and showcased in the future during an international event. This project is being led by Ms. Keri Kukral, CEO of Raw Science TV, with the collaboration of diverse partners she has invited to this project, and with the assistance of the ISRC Main Representative at the United Nations, Dr. Jo Anne Murphy, CEO of Global NGO Solutions (www.globalngosolutions.org).
Disclaimer from Bonnie: Please kindly send whatever you can, no matter how small the amount, by February 29th. Donations received after that date will be donated to Inwelle Study and Resource Center for participation of Inwelle youth in ISRC STEM-related education and CSW-related opportunities in the future and reported accordingly.