Sisters for Peace: How to Change the World by Email
Posted on August 10, 2012, by Allen Ross, Half the Sky Movement
As Caroline Wheeler can attest, it doesn't take an extensive network of partners and investors to start making a difference in the lives of women around the world. With the help of just a few personal friends, Caroline started Sisters for Peace, an organization that solicits donations from members each month to fund a new charitable project.
All it took to spur them to action was an email. After Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide exposed her to the patterns of oppression experienced by women, Caroline felt a deep kinship with the figures in Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's "beautiful, heartbreaking stories."
Members of Sisters for Peace hold up signs to recognize their organization.
"I grew up in poverty, and I relate to the struggle of these girls," she said. "But someone believed in me, and taught me the value of education." Hoping to catalyze a similar change in the lives of other young women, she immediately addressed an email about Half the Sky to twenty-five of her friends. Her request was simple: that they contribute a small sum of money each, pooling together their resources and ultimately making a joint donation to a worthy charity.
That email was the initial spark for what would become Sisters for Peace, but just as important was the singular, shared urge to help women. As it turned out, the response to Caroline's first email was overwhelming — every single woman she contacted pledged $20, and together they raised $500, enough money to donate a cow through the organization Heifer International.
Since then, Sisters for Peace has donated more than $5,000 to some of the NGOs detailed in Half the Sky, including CARE and Women for Women International. Those funds have helped sustain numerous programs dedicated to alleviating the suffering of women worldwide, and because Sisters for Peace is entirely a volunteer organization, not a penny is wasted. Projects have included, among others, drought and famine relief in Somalia and the education of a girl in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Sisters for Peace is living proof that a great deal can be accomplished when the right group of people refuses to sit idly by.
Caroline and other members of Sisters for Peace talk about their involvement in the group.
To connect with Sisters for Peace, reach out to them on Facebook or visit their website at http://www.sistersforpeace.org.
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