Tag Archives: Susan Burgess-Lent

Author, Journalist, Speaker, Activist for Women’s Rights

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I think about money a lot – mainly because I have nearly 450 people depending on me.

Even through I’m 10,000 miles away from Baraka Women’s Center in Nairobi, I know intimately what extraordinary progress has been made in just 8 months.

Chief among them is the resurrection of hope, the increasingly joyful belief that, given a small hand-up, these women will turn their lives out of poverty.

 They depend one me because I deliver what money I can shake out of America’s prosperity tree. WCI pays for a safe space for their Center, notebooks, textbooks, pencils, pitifully small salaries to dedicated staff, and fees for teachers and trainers.  I need about $6,000 a month to elevate the prospects of 464 women. It’s gonna take about 3 more months before the big grant money shows up.  So getting through the summer is my challenge. 

I know there’s lots of money “out there.” I’m looking for allies to help me secure it.

Is that you?   

Making Connections

So, a bit of PR is good.  http://www.encore.org/learn/who-won-encore-career

At some point this blurb will also show up on PBS’s Next Avenue.

I believe that when you do the thing that is your purpose in life – as Women’s Centers International is for me – the people you need to know, the  “mutual aid society” for marching further along your intersecting paths – tend to show up. The connections are unpredictable, serendipitous, and vulnerable to the possibility that either party may not recognize the gift that has been given.

While i find a certain delight in the process, I also get impatient. Warrior women…we’ve got a big job to do and, at this moment, I need a genius or two. Fierce fundraising for WCI is what I have in mind.