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Why I support the World Partnership Walk

I wrote part of this to a friend who remarked about 100% of the funds raised through WPW going directly to projects in Asia and Africa. That’s certainly one of the biggest selling features for this charity. Here’s why else I love it:

I’m super passionate about this cause and about our ability to make a tangible difference on the other side of the world. It’s one of the only ways I know that truly empowers and ignites the spark of hope in people who may not otherwise get to change the story of their lives.

When Craig and I went to East Africa in 2009 I got to see firsthand the far reaching impact of the work supported by the Walk. So much of my travel has been to developing countries and Africa was the place I felt I’d most feel the plight of the impoverished but instead it was the place I witnessed the greatest desire to change the world one child at a time and it was starting with young fathers who realized that educating their girl children would have a ripple effect not only for their family but also for the whole community. Teacher training and schools for girls are some of the foundational pieces of the work supported by the Walk.

I could go on and on. Micro finance loans are enabling women to earn extra cash to support their families through women banding together – as seamstresses, crafts women, and using their various skills. These women not only help their families’ livelihoods but they have a loan repayment rate of 98% and they manage to save money for their children’s futures.

The projects are based on community partnerships – they truly are about teaching a man to fish. The funding will be provided but the community plays a role in devising a solution and the members help see the project to fruition. And everything they learn can be used to improve their communities in a myriad of other ways.

The fact that this work is taking place in the developing world – a place people often write-off or showcase as a place that is destitute makes me all the more proud of the progress that in many cases is being spearheaded by citizens who dream of better times if not for themselves then at least for their children. Something that we can all relate to in the “First World”.

I love that we can change the world for the better. Forever. And you don’t even have to leave the comfort of our First World Problems. 🙂

If you want to help make a difference, you can find out more and sponsor me here.

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
~ Gandhi

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