Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sponsorship Program for Women

In the humanitarian world, the word "sponsor" may conjure up an image of an adult providing money to a child in need on a recurring basis.  However, there is a program in existence that focuses on the sponsoring of women.  Although it is just a little more expensive than some sponsorship programs, it's a very important program and certainly deserves a look.

The women sponsored in  Women for Women International's Sponsor a Sister program have been victims of war and war-like conflicts.  Many of us are aware of the atrocities forced upon women during these times, which can leave females damaged-  physically, emotionally, and financially.  Reference.com states,  the effect of a war "can be both physical injury of varying degrees of severity and the dangerous invisible wounds caused by psychological trauma and stress."  The United Nations Security Council expresses that "women suffer disproportionately during and after war."

Sponsor a Sister helps women in various countries, including South Sudan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Afghanistan , Kosovo, and Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Currently the price is 35 dollars.  Your money goes to a variety of things that will help your "sister,"  including food, clean water, medicine, and perhaps the most important thing of all- job training.  Additionally,  many women from the program go on to open their own businesses.  She wins, her children win, and you win because you get to do something remarkable.  You get to contribute to lives and well-being of an entire family!! You can even send letters to the woman you are sponsoring, which takes your rewards to an even deeper level!

The sponsorship lasts for one year.   For more information, visit Women for Women International's website:


Sources:

Women for Women International, Homepage- http://www.womenforwomen.org

Reference.com, What are the Effects of War on Some People? https://www.reference.com/world-view/effects-war-people-295ee205c6ea63b5#

United Nations Security Council [press release], October 29, 2005, http://www.un.org/press/en/un-bodies/security-council