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Apr 26, 2017

Update and excitement

Dear our  friends and our supporters,

We are looking for volunteers to help with Nutrition and Faintness Program as fitness coaches since our past coaches, Renee and Mary Ann, completed their volunteering period in January. Women are worried about their health after they lost a remarkable amount of weight and ended up gaining it back. It is hard for us, but we do not have any alternative choices.

This program is about changing the culture and eating habits of immigrants. Living in America is a different lifestyle. There is less walking and more driving, lack of access to fresh organic food, and less of manual work at home. As a result, all these factors lead to obesity and an unhealthy life.

We covered label reading, food facts, and healthy food cooking demonstration. We are planning to make the traditional meals from different countries healthier by substituting some unhealthy ingredients and the way of cooking by focusing on baking, grilling, steaming, etc.

In addition, I reached out to a volunteer who expressed her interest in helping with nutrition, on Wednesday April 12, 2017. She focuses on traditional food and substitutions. I sent her a volunteer agreement form and I am still waiting for the returned document in order to call our clients to set up time in order to layout the schedule and the syllabus.

On March 10th, I had the grand opportunity to be a guest speak at Women of Grace event organized by Parkview healthcare System (PHS). The Diversity Director of PHS reached out to me on April 15th and told me PHS is interested in supporting our program. We were very excited to hear that and hoping that women start to benefit from this program to maintain their healthy lifestyles and their families’

Moreover, the DWN and its partners were able to provide immigrant communities in Indianapolis with access to nutritional programs, healthy cooking, and smart shopping classes as well as access to education and resources about nutrition.  As a result, with the help of our donors, our volunteers, and our partners we were able to provide these women with service for their healthier lifestyle for themselves and their families.

Thank you so much for your support.

Apr 4, 2017

Update

Dear friends,

The Darfur Women Network is grateful for your unconditional support! We cannot believe that we are counting the days down to Christmas, and the New Year of 2017.

Warm Christmas wishes from Darfur Women Network (DWN), its staff, and its constituencies to those who celebrate Christmas. We wish you a Merry Christmas and an enjoyable time with your friends and family.

We, DWN, are grateful for your support, your commitment, and your love!  Without your support, it would be impossible for us to provide 1,000 safe stoves and to help 150 refugee families to secure their food and reduce hunger.

After the harvest, the refugees had a grand religious celebration. They cooked their traditional dishes. They shared the food with those who have little and those who do not have anything at all. All ingredients were donated from the camp and from the surrounded villages.

Now we are working diligently to reach more people to raise their awareness about the conflict and the needs for the help to empower refugees. The refugees are waiting for your support to help more families to secure food for their kids.

Exciting news!
The GlobalGiving has selected DWN to receive a special, lower price on donations processed via GlobalGiving.org through May 31st, 2017 at 11:59:59 pm EDT.

The Globalgiving charges us (5% Platform fee, Plus 3% processing cost) instead of 15%. We are thrilled to be selected and to work harder to benefit from this great opportunity.

Currently we are working on recruiting some volunteers to focus on fundraising and GlobalGiving fundraising event.

Please share our website with your network and like our Facebook. www.darfurwomennetwork.org

Apr 4, 2017

Safe Stoves-update

On behalf of Darfur Women Network, I would like to share a special update about the impact of your support. For International Women’s Day, March 8th, Darfur Women Network is excited to share that an additional 200 Safe Stoves were made and will be distributed in Chad, in a Darfur refugee camp, thank you for your contribution!

Your International Women’s Day’s gift, will help refugee women to earn income, take care of their children, increase their self-esteem, improve interfamily relationships, and change the perception of the community toward women.

Your gift will also help 200 mothers to reduce their trips to collect firewood from the forest by 75%. You are protecting them from rape, improving the healthy environment of their homes, and increasing their safety.

Our president of the Board is currently in Chad. Our Project Manager Assistant departed to the refugee camp to lead our gift project. The communication is not the best. Since he left to Chad, on February 25, 2017, I could not reach him.

He will work with the team to execute this project and he will interview the refugees who collect firewood in the forest and collect information regard Safe Stoves beneficiaries and the Economic Empowerment group who produce Safe Stoves.

Our Executive Director, Mastora Bakhiet, was one of the five women whom were honored at Women of Grace event. It was organized by Dr. Diana Jackson-Davis, Diversity & Inclusion, and Parkview Health in Fort Wayne, IN.

We will share the information as soon as we receive it.

Thank you so much for your countless support.

 
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