Do you remember the thrill of being a child on the eve before a momentous birthday or perhaps your first day of school? Maybe you recall the sensation of butterflies fluttering in your stomach or the feeling that anything is possible. That’s how I feel as I write my first blog post in preparation for unveiling VoiceFlame’s new website. I am a kid again, overjoyed to share our story with you and introduce you to our team and the remarkable girls who attend our writing workshops and camps.
First, I’d like to express my gratitude to those who made 2017 such a fruitful year. Thank you to new Board members, Lisa Borden and Cynthia Mtseka, and our Advisory Council colleagues, Katherine Dadachanji, Nellie Lewis, James Tayali, and Crystal Linnet. You can read more about these creative beings on VoiceFlame’s new website.
Melissa Howden, our web designer, we thank you for your artistic design and care in creating the story of VoiceFlame’s work. You nailed it! And to all our generous donors, old and new, you are appreciated beyond measure.
The new year is already ripe with growth and enthusiasm. In February, Lisa will lead our first writing workshop in Nairobi, Kenya in collaboration with One Lamb, an organization that works to end the sexual exploitation of children.
Chiko, VoiceFlame’s Program Manager, will submit paperwork for us to obtain NGO status in Malawi, an accomplishment that will open new doors for us to join forces with in-country organizations. And our entire team will be working on the publication of our second anthology of African women’s voices, a book that will inspire young girls to stay in school and follow their dreams.
You are invited to join us on this unfolding adventure to support girls in Malawi, Kenya, and beyond. Our monthly blog will feature stories from and about girls who are learning to use their voices to make a difference in their lives, villages, and nation. Check out our JOIN US page for opportunities to become part of our heart-centered work to educate and midwife the voices of girls in Africa.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our successful year in a myriad of ways!
Mary Tuchscherer, Founder & Director