Help Women Feed the World

Nov 30, 2012

Greetings from Sri Lanka!

Right now, I happen to be far removed from the flurry of activity that dominates this time of year. I’m writing to you from the other side of the world in Sri Lanka, where I’m undertaking my fourth $1 a Day experience. Just like I’ve done before in Nicaragua, Guatemala and Burkina Faso, I’m living side by side with one of the many millions of women in the world that manage to survive on a $1 a Day.

While most Americans were enjoying a second helping of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, I was eating a modest cup of rice and beans with roti (unleavened bread) on the other side of the world. The meal cost 15 cents and was all I could afford, having blown most of my daily budget on a handful of cashews earlier in the day. I went to bed with a grumbling belly and a headache I couldn’t treat for lack of aspirin. Rarely do I have to suffer this type of discomfort, but it’s a feeling my host, Malani, knows all too well.

Soon I’ll be sharing my photos and personal notes about this trip with you. But in the meantime, let me just say that if you could stand where I’m standing and meet the incredible women that are able to do so much with so little, you would not hesitate to do all that you can to help us get policies in place to make their lives a little bit easier.

While I have your attention, I want to let you know about two exciting match campaigns that will kick off December 1st:

Throughout the entire month of December, GlobalGiving will match all new monthly recurring donations 100% up to $100 per donor. GlobalGiving has $25,000 in matching funds available, and matching will last until funds run out or December 31st at 11:59 pm EST.  

Additionally, a generous Women Thrive donor has offered to match donations made in December up to $8,000

I'm really excited about this opportunity because it gives you the chance to triple the impact of your donation: new recurring donations made in December will be matched by both GlobalGiving and our anonymous donor! 

If you plan to give, please give generously. Your support truly helps us advocate for policies that empower women like Malani living in poverty around the globe.



Ritu Sharma


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Mei Powers

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