Testimonial from an American Teacher in Dakar, Senegal,
Dear Family and Friends,
Today I am not forwarding an email. Today
I am writing to you to ask you to look at a much needed program.
The website is www.antipovertyinitiative.org.
I am writing to you because you are people who care about
and help others. Some of you are active members of churches,
feminist groups, social groups; others have volunteered beside
me working at a soup kitchen, or donated dinners to the needy
at Thanksgiving. In some instances you are Africans in diaspora
who have visited Senegal, know something of the country and
its needs and potentials; and, in other instances you are
white Americans or Canadians who have embraced Senegal to
some extent. Please visit this website.
Times are tough.....however, times are tougher still for the
women who participate in this program. What is a blessing,
though, is the availability of an avenue toward self-empowerment.
I have visited one of the groups (of 20 or so women) and can
personally attest to the efficacy of this anti-poverty initiative.
These women have developed a food co-op, allowing them basement
pricing for food; each woman has a savings account, with weekly
deposits, to develop an asset base. The group has classes
on money management, for home and business, and each woman
is an entrepreneur...she is a businesswoman. These women sell
fabric, fish, seafoods, vegetables, both fresh and pickled,
fruits, incense, oils, etc. I was so impressed by the group
and its progress, here I am reaching out to you.
The administration of this program requires fund raising.
All of the administrators are volunteers, either professionals
or business people. All funds are used for the direct implementation
of this program....the seed monies to get these small businesses
off and running. For me this empowerment is superior to any
welfare system. Here an economic base is being created....and
there are children who will go to bed well fed rather than
All donations are tax deductible if you are a US taxpayer.
I encourage you to appeal to your congregations, club members
and your conscience. There is no donation too small or too