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Apr 24, 2019

Celebrating 25 Years of Sisterhood & Awards

Celebrating our 25-year anniversary is a testament to the collective spirit and strength of our constituency including over 5,000 global agencies throughout 36 countries, who share our purposeful focus on girls while facilitating a powerful force for positive social change. The agencies implementing SHE:  Sisters, Healthy & Empowered services and the girls who are participating in SHE activities will be celebrated with us. 

During the devastating 2017 storms, hurricanes Irma and Maria, our newly opened SEA: Sisterhood Empowerment Academy in the US Virgin Islands, St. John was severely damaged. We rebuilt it, stronger than ever, and remain vigilant in our ongoing support of millions of women and girls through partnerships, training, projects, programs, and products.

To mark this occasion, we decided to share our 25-year anniversary within our sisterhood by spotlighting the efforts of other amazing women and girls who have made a difference by standing up, stepping out and lifting us up to make the world a better place. Together, we realize the collective bond and power we impose when eradicating the issues we choose to champion. Therefore, we commemorate our anniversary by celebrating others!

Sisterhood is the foundation for collective empowerment. Our sisterhood is diverse and inclusive because we are all unique. Striving for meaningful connection, we want women and girls to know that they are never alone.  This is the foundation of SHE:  Sisters, Healthy & Empowered.

Later this summer, we will announce our first Sisterhood of Greatness Awards presented to two women and one girl who represent and exemplify a code of excellence in consciousness, character, and conduct.

We hope that you join us for this special event in the Baltimore-Washington, DC area, live-streamed on our YouTube channel.

In the Spirit of Sisterhood,
Angela D. Coleman
Founder & President

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Mar 22, 2019

Recovery & Rebuilding for Success

View from the SEA balcony
View from the SEA balcony

Sisterhood Agenda's SEA:  Sisterhood Empowerment Academy is located on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.  It serves the U.S. Virgin Islands, residents and visitors from neighboring islands and from the United States mainland. One of the most important aspects of the SEA is its safe health and healing space for women and girls. This space, included interior and exterior eco-friendly areas, is coming back nicely to fulfill its purpose.

WHAT WE HAVE DONE

After Hurricane Irma, Sisterhood Agenda staff and contractors have completed cleaning and salvaging, water removal, debris collection and removal, dumping, and resource coordination. A temporary tarp roof was installed shortly after the hurricane as a protective measure. 

Recover and rebuilding on the small island has been slow due to delays in receipt of building materials, skilled labor shortages, and lack of local resources. After several months, Sisterhood Agenda was able to secure most of the building supplies and materials needed for its rebuilding process.  The roof and ceiling repairs are now complete, along with the installation of exterior walls, most of the doors and windows.

THE WORK RIGHT NOW

While we have made great progress to date, we still have important work to do. Specifically, Sisterhood Agenda will complete the following recovery and repair tasks:

  • Continue to purchase rebuilding materials and ship materials, when necessary
  • Complete installation of patio doors, windows, interior walls, interior doors, cabinets, shelving
  • Complete electrical work:  wiring, installation of exterior and interior lights
  • Complete plumbing: sinks, toilets, cistern expansion
  • Scrape, prime, and paint interior and exterior
  • Complete hurricane mitigation:  preparation to reduce the impacts of future hurricanes, including but not limited to, hurricane resistant patio doors and windows, hurricane shutters, and cistern expansion to prevent flooding
  • Replace building contents:  program supplies, equipment, and furnishings

HOW YOU CAN HELP

You can make an important difference in our efforts by donating to our cause. In addition to the physical structure, our extensive library, located in our media center, was destroyed by Hurricane Irma and we look forward to the day where we can build our library back again, book by book. Your monetary donation, books, and book gift cards will be gratefully accepted.

Another tragedy that some may not immediately recognize is our garden. Due to the storm, we lost many native plants, including: bananas, coconut, sugar cane, basil, collard greens, kale, avocado, hibiscus, bromeliad, and bougainvillea. Even our mature ginger thomas tree fell. The good news is that we still have many plants such as papaya, lime, aloe, bamboo, yucca, ferns, mandevilla, and oleander.

St. John is currently experiencing a drought and our fruit, vegetable, and herb gardens were still in a state of recovery before the water shortage. In addition to destroying many plants, the hurricane ruined our fencing and grey water systems. The fencing is necessary to keep the goats, peacocks, and other wildlife away. We will gladly accept donations, volunteer labor, and in-kind donations of plants, fencing, trellis, and landscaping materials to reestablish our gardens, which nourish heart, body, and soul.

STAYING AND PRAYING WITH US

Many of you have been with us since the beginning when we first started building the SEA: Sisterhood Empowerment Academy. We want to acknowledge you and give you special thanks for staying with us for the long haul. You supported us: 1) during the extensive and specialized building process, 2) while winning the Energy Globe Award after the building was completed, and 3) rebuilding now after Hurricane Irma.

I believe in the power of collective prayer and you prayed for us, too. In our times of need, you asked, “How can we help?” Together, we created a system of support so that we were not alone. Your belief in us and unwavering support has meant so much-THANK YOU!

In the Spirit of Sisterhood,

Angela D. Coleman, MBA, CNM
Founder & President

Peacocks keep us company during the recovery
Peacocks keep us company during the recovery
Welcome to the SEA: Sisterhood Empowerment Academy
Welcome to the SEA: Sisterhood Empowerment Academy

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Mar 22, 2019

Global Girls & ACEs

Sisterhood Agenda & Mass Triggering Trauma
Sisterhood Agenda & Mass Triggering Trauma

We are so excited as we enter 2019, new and improved and beautiful-even more beautiful than before because we are stronger with greater resilience.  Our building and our spirits are full of hope and joy as we continue our important mission to educate, support, and empower women and girls around the globe with a diverse and inclusive sisterhood.

We continue to scale our girl empowerment programs as we add new global partners, community collaborators, and girl power resources. Our constituents continue their interest in trauma, trauma-informed care and services. For example, our educational segments about ACEs, Adverse Childhood Experiences, has been very well received with almost 2,000 ACE surveys completed to date. New ACE surveys are being taken and submitted weekly for analysis.

Our SEA:  Sisterhood Empowerment Academy facility on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands is a special and important place, part of Sisterhood Agenda's larger vision of health and healing support. While we had great damage from Hurricane Irma, we are bouncing back with great support from people like you and other agencies. Working together, we are doing great things.

In addition to our SEA: Sisterhood Empowerment Academy on St. John, Sisterhood Agenda set up a stateside administrative office in the Baltimore-Washington geographic area. From this location, we are meeting and organizing for greater efficiency, impact, and connection.

Throughout 2019, Sisterhood Agenda will celebrate its 25 years of service with several activities, events, and programs. We anticipate hosting at least one public activity at the SEA for youth, local partners, and agencies. Other activities will be for our program participants with confidential sessions closed to the public. Our eco suites have been booked through the season.

We are still receiving funds for this project until it is completed-thank you! We appreciate your support. It has taken longer than expected. However, St. John is a very small island. We are fortunate to be able to receive resources and rebuild successfully. We are grateful for your gifts and interest in our project.

In the Spirit of Sisterhood,
Angela D. Coleman
Founder & President

Sisterhood Support
Sisterhood Support
Sisterhood Agenda Anti-Bullying
Sisterhood Agenda Anti-Bullying

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