March 8th is International Woman’s Day, and as it draws closer I am receiving all kinds of things in the post. I know all too well how powerful we are, and as I have been reviewing photos from over the years from different places in the world I am so grateful for the experiences that I had meeting women that made differences in their communities. I am in awe of the strength and resilience that many of them possessed. Today I changed the photo on the homepage to Casey Kasoma, the woman who I first photographed that really changed my life. I met her in 2009 in Mapalo Zambia while working for CAWST, an amazing organization that assists communities with access to clean water. She had lost so much and was fiercely making a life for her 10 grandchildren after her husband and most of her own children had died. She had such grace and quiet pride, it made me weep. I often wonder how the many women I met are now, nearly 10 years on. They would often ask if I would forget them… never.
Today I want to share this video from KIVA who I have donated to for many years.
In the words of a young woman I met in Kenya 5 years ago Fatima “Girls have a Power, and I want them to know that and never forget it”. Women and Girls do have a power and especially together. To share and connect is what we are here for. Lets make 2018 dynamic with change, you can start by donating as little as $25 to make a difference to women and girls worldwide.