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Need: We Are Women(Somos Mujeres) Program in the Dominican Republic needs your help!

We Are Women is a program that sprung from the vision of a Peace Corps volunteer and her community in the fall of 2010. The program, which focuses on empowering rural, marginalized women from around the Dominican Republic, had an immensely successful first year and this year we aim to do it again. Please consider helping us! We cannot do it alone! Visit https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=donate.contribute.projDetail&... or www.peacecorps.gov, then click on Donate to a Volunteer Project and search by my last name, Malkiewicz. Also, add us on facebook! Search for Somos Mujeres!

Thank you so much and I can't wait to show you all the results!

Please find more information below:

ABOUT WE ARE WOMEN (BOILERPLATE)*
We Are Women provides education and tools to women within the Dominican Republic regarding healthy lifestyle choices, positive relationships, responsible environmental stewardship and effective business practices in order that they may work in an informed and empowered manner to improve the quality of life for themselves, their families and their communities. As Peace Corps Dominican Republic's most comprehensive women's program, we utilize the expertise of Volunteers from all specialties in the design and implementation of regional conferences and community presentations that address the variety of issues facing women. For more information on how you can help educate and empower women in the Dominican Republic, please visit us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Somos-Mujeres-Rep%C3%BAblica-Dominicana/20... Or search for Somos Mujeres.

VISION*
Will provide education and tools to women within the Dominican Republic regarding healthy lifestyle choices, positive relationships, responsible environmental stewardship and effective business practices in order that they may work in an informed and empowered manner to improve the quality of life for themselves, their families and their communities.

MISSION
Women are the cornerstone of the Dominican family and community through their raising of children, caring for spouses and dedicated participation to neighborhood and religious organizations. Due to this central role in Dominican society, educating and encouraging women to make decisions which benefit their community has the potential to create a ripple effect that can advance communities in a uniquely comprehensive manner. We Are Women is therefore dedicated to the development of female leaders and the women’s groups to which they belong in order to capitalize on this amazing resource. Through the implementation of regional conferences and community presentations we will positively impact women, their families and their community organizations by:
• Facilitating the exchange of practical and valuable knowledge between communities and Peace Corps volunteers regarding healthy lifestyle choices, positive relationships, responsible environmental stewardship and effective business practices;
• Fostering an atmosphere that allows for open discussions on all topics;
• Teaching effective presentation methods in order that women will be able to lead presentations within their community; and
• Encouraging collaboration among women’s groups from different communities.

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