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Re: [holistichelping] Naomi Jeruto encourages us

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  • Janet Feldman
    Dear Andrius, Naomi, and All, My big apologies for not seeing this mail sooner (the trees for the forest in this case :)! I am delighted that Naomi is or might
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 29, 2008
      Dear Andrius, Naomi, and All,

      My big apologies for not seeing this mail sooner (the trees for the forest
      in this case :)! I am delighted that Naomi is or might be among us. I am
      especially thrilled and honored that you hope to join us, given your deep
      commitment to women and youth, health and development, creativity,
      education, and caring! I have often heard of the prize for Women's
      Creativity in Rural Life, and hoped to meet someone who had received such
      recognition for their work.

      We have some other amazing women among us, including Maria Agnese Giraudo
      (librarian, Italy), Pam McLean and Lorraine Duff (CAWD, UK), Joy Tang
      (oneVillage Foundation, USA), Rachel Wambui Kung'u (Voluntary Youth
      Philanthropist and Peace Camel Caravan, Kenya), and Wendi Losha Bernadette
      (Actwid Kongadzem, Cameroon).

      Wendi and her group of 4000 women in rural Cameroon are among some of the
      most creative people I know! Not only do they make arts and address
      healthcare and development needs in a highly resource-constrained
      environment, but they have pioneered the growing and use of artemisia to
      counter the effects of malaria and HIV/AIDS, using their creativity to
      address the lack of standard medicines in the areas in which they live.

      Your focus on women brings up a very salient if heartbreaking point: in
      Kenya now, women and girls are being raped at alarming rates, and are thus
      more susceptible to HIV/AIDS and STIs. I will be introducing some women in
      the next few days who are working on this subject, and will be doing
      outreach to more. Would this be something that would interest you?

      Your organizing experience with various groups of people will be so
      valuable. I see that this includes "self-help" and income generation for
      women and youth. Since lack of opportunity is cited as contributing to the
      violence in Kenya, to have insights into how to create and/or encourage and
      support that will be superb!

      Andrius, it is so kind of you to suggest nominating and voting for your fave
      Yahoogroup, with mention of HH in the same sentence, haha! This is very
      exciting, and hope that people will nominate whoever or whichever group you
      find valuable and important. If that is an MS-linked group, it will benefit
      all of us!

      With greatest thanks and creative kudos, Janet

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Andrius Kulikauskas" <ms@...>
      To: <holistichelping@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2008 1:02 AM
      Subject: [holistichelping] Naomi Jeruto encourages us

      >I share a comment at our wiki, and my reply:
      > Tue, 08 Jan 2008 20:02:18 UTC NaomiJeruto: I AM ALSO VERY SYMPATHETIC
      > AndriusKulikauskas January 10, 2008 7:28 CET Naomi, please sign up for
      > our working group Holistic Helping, send a blank message to
      > holistichelping-subscribe@yahoogroups.com or ask Andrius at ms@... and
      > write about yourself. Also, send a text message to WesleyChirchir +254
      > 722 992 107 or DennisKimambo +254 722 388 275 or SamwelKongere +254 725
      > 600 439 or KennedyOwino +254 723 568 251 or others on this page:
      > KenyansToCall and you can be part of our PyramidOfPeace.
      > If anybody knows Naomi Jeruto, please contact her!
      > Naomi Jeruto is a Laureate 1999, Prize for Women's Creativity in Rural
      > Life: WWSF Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life © Naomi began a
      > career in social work and continued to serve her community with strength
      > and determination as a volunteer after losing her paid job due to budget
      > cuts. Recognising the low participation in development and in particular
      > the heavy drinking habits of the men, Naomi organised 16 self-help
      > groups, 12 women's groups and 9 youth groups that engage in a variety of
      > income-generating development projects, including crafts and farming
      > activities combined with educational programmes in literacy and health,
      > and promotion of sports activities for the youth. She has also led AIDS
      > awareness and eradication of female genital mutilation campaigns and
      > lessons on family planning. Also carrying out social welfare and
      > vocational rehabilitation programmes, Naomi has been instrumental in the
      > human and economic development of the area. A super social worker.''
      > Also, I note that you can nominate your favorite Yahoo group (such as
      > Holistic Helping! http://groups.yahoo.com/group/holistichelping/ ) and
      > that might give helpful attention (write to
      > best_of_groups@yahoogroups.com ) or give a testimony how Yahoo has
      > changed your life:
      > http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/groups/forms/feedback.html
      > Andrius
      > Andrius Kulikauskas
      > Minciu Sodas
      > http://www.ms.lt
      > ms@...
      > +370 699 30003
      > Vilnius, Lithuania
      > http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?HolisticHelping
      > Please note our rule: Each letter sent to the Holistic Helping group
      > enters the PUBLIC DOMAIN unless it explicitly states otherwise. Thank
      > you! http://www.ethicalpublicdomain.org
      > Yahoo! Groups Links
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