Empowering Women Through Traditional Crafts, would like to extend a HUGE thank you to all the people and businesses who helped us host a successful fundraising dinner.
Yes! because of your generosity and support. We were able to raise $2,330 during our first fundraiser dinner and silent auction. In addition, the Emily C. Specchio Foundation will match every dollar raised with two dollars from the foundation. In other words, thanks to the foundation we NOW have a total of $6,990!
Thanks to everyone for helping us–in our attempt to eradicate poverty and to empower
impoverished women from Batey San Joaquin in the Dominican Republic. We would also like to extend our deepest appreciation to the Emily C. Specchio Foundation, who supported our vision from the beginning!
Today was good day! My little sister (Cynthia) and I—stopped by a couple of businesses in the Morristown area. And some of these businesses donated items for the silent auction. =) To make things even better…. more people e-mailed me, and confirmed their attendance to the fundraising dinner! (By, the way.. don’t forget to RSVP… the dinner will be taking place in only two more weeks. ) And I sincerely cannot wait to see you all there!
We will all have a great time and most importantly.. we will be able to help the people from Batey-San Joaquin! =)
Most of the women from Batey San Joaquin, are unemployed and have limited access to land, water, capital and education and other social services which have lead to illiteracy, malnutrition, disease, high infant mortality and low life expectancy. Despite these disadvantages these women shoulder heavy responsibilities, such as processing foods, collecting water and firewood, cleaning the home and looking after their children. And although they work hard, the productivity of these women is diminished by the lack of credit, technology and extension services, which could ease their burdens and socio-cultural restraints.