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In The News
News from VoiceFlame, Inc
Nda Ku Ona
I See You With My Heart
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Mary Tuchscherer, CEO
Sue McCollum, COO
Susen Hickman, CFO
Julie Gardner, EC
As we travel throughout Malawi we are fortunate to meet many wonderful people who express interest in our writing programs. In 2013 we met Sarah, a Peace Corps volunteer who works with adolescent girls in the rural areas of the country. Sarah was eager to attend one of our workshops and after doing so, was quick to recognize its positive impact on raising women’s and girl’s voices. We recently received this email from Sarah:
“[I am writing] to tell you of the success we had hosting a VOICEFLAME workshop at Camp GLOW 2013! Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) is an annual female empowerment camp hosted by US Peace Corps and Malawian partners. I am again so grateful for the opportunity to have attended the VoiceFlame workshop in May. I continue to use components learned to inspire others to share their story.”
And in Sarah’s blog she wrote: “We moved from exercises of writing into learning how to be an effective public speaker, to ask questions, and to find one’s voice, a voice that is unique.”
We are thrilled to know the fires VoiceFlame ignited have spread and are being embraced by Peace Corps volunteers and others. As we explore additional collaborative projects in Malawi, the number of girls who benefit will continue to increase.
We are honored to publish a poem by Salome, a young woman who attended Camp GLOW.
For Our Burdens Are Laid Off Confused
Confused Mind we had
Not even at ease
As life was so hard
Problems were our partners
Forming on us dull patterns
For they considered us inferior
But hopes we had
Knowing that one day we shall be superior
At last we are relieved
Due to coming to Camp GLOW
Encouraging girls to grow
Not only physically
There it is
Teaching us to be independent
To be at ease
Prompting us to be prudent
And not impudent
To have confidence
And never to be cowards
And never to be shy
So let’s wake up girls
For this is our chance
Lets fasten our belts
For the journey is long
On the yonder hill is our goal
Make sure we carry enough coal
To keep us glowing
On our way
And never to look back
To avoid backsliding
For our burdens are laid off.
By: Salome Desire Kahonge
A Warm Welcome and Appreciation
VoiceFlame welcomes Christina Ditzel who will now be responsible for creating and designing our newsletters. We are grateful for Susen Hickman’s leadership establishing the newsletter and thankful that Christina will carry the torch. Susen will now be able to focus on her increasing responsibilities as Chief Financial Officer.
Christina was born and raised in northern California. She says her volunteer newsletter role with VoiceFlame “fits perfectly” with her current work as Director of Communications at Carondelet High School for girls.
Christina wrote, “I was lucky to be born in the US where education is mandatory for everyone; however, I know that all children, especially girls, aren’t as fortunate. When I received the email about VoiceFlame’s needing volunteers, I thought this would be a great opportunity to volunteer outside of my local community for a cause dear to my heart.”
We are very happy Christina took the steps to act from her heart. With her leadership, we are hoping our continually improving newsletter becomes one of your favorite “must-reads” each month.
VoiceFlame Meets Malawian Author
Sue McCollum, COO, and cross-cultural journeyer Pamela Schmidt, recently met with Malawian William Kamkwamba, author of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, and presented him with a copy of Nda Ku Ona, VoiceFlame’s anthology of women’s stories.
William, currently a student at Dartmouth College class of 2014, is a 2009 TED Global Fellow, recognized for his ingenuity and determination in building a windmill to bring electricity to his village. He participates in the Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering program, a group of students who undertake engineering projects to improve communities in need. After graduation, he plans to return to Malawi and install solar panels in some of the primary schools so students can use computers or read at night.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind was selected by Loudoun County, Virginia’s One Book program, a county-wide reading program that promotes community dialogue and understanding through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book.
To read more about William Kamkwamba and The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, follow this link.
VoiceFlame is experiencing an exciting time of growth and we are looking for volunteers to help us in the following areas:
Please share this with anyone you think may be interested.
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Sharing your talents and time will be an opportunity for you to make a difference and will help VoiceFlame further its mission and vision.
From the Board
The VoiceFlame team is working hard to raise the voices of as many girls and women as possible. We invite you to join us in whatever way you are able and please, tell your friends about us. One great way to do this is to “Like” us on Facebook (click on this link to find our page). If you’re able to make a tax-deductable monetary donation simply follow this link to our PayPal account and select how much you would like to donate and if it will be a one-time or recurring donation.
There are many voices yearning to be heard!
Mary Tuchscherer, CEO
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