Some days my life feels a bit on the shallow side. There are those days that I become too comfortable in my life, too comfortable in the freedoms I have, too comfortable with my access to just about anything I want or need, and just too comfortable with the power I have as a woman in this world.
We all need to be able to pause and think about what we become comfortable with and think about the people around the world who come nowhere close to having their basic needs, let alone their wants. One thing that has helped me actually be able to take those pauses is being a part of Mom Bloggers For Social Good. This community enables members like me to learn about things we can do to help others and to share this information on our blogs and social media channels so that others can get involved.
Recently Mom Bloggers For Social Good sent me two amazing books to review. Both of these books did two things. First, it gave me that pause to appreciate what I do have. Secondly, it made me think about what I can do to empower other women around the globe. Me, yes me, ordinary me, a regular person living in Missouri who has never been to any of these places around the world that there is so much need. Even though I have not witnessed these things first hand, as I read about them I can try imagine, even if just a bit, what it would be like to be without the basic necessities and to feel powerless. I hope that you will take the time to take a look at these books and find your way to empower women around the world as well.
100 Under $100: One Hundred Tools for Empowering Global Women by Betsy Teutsch
This is a reference book, but a reference that inspires! There are 100 ideas of low-cost, high-impact solutions that can help empower women. The book is divided by types of programs like health, technology, farming, business and finances. So while you may not be able to have experienced what the people these programs help have, you can be inspired by the amazing effective programs that are being done to help in so many ways.
Are you passionate about health? Then considering making a donation of money, resources, or time to help with vaccinations, nutrition, contraception, and even helping end female genital mutilation with alternative rites of passage.
If technology is your thing you will be amazed at the programs to help provide power and lighting to places really not off the grid, but without a grid! There are more tech programs designed to help with literacy, computers, and the internet as well. Having access to these things can empower people with so much information that will help them make a better life for themselves.
Many of you love to garden and farm in your own space and you have access to just about anything you can imagine to do it. 100 Under $100 shares programs for subsistence farming to help with producing crops, maintaining livestock, and other methods of self-sustainability for families.
Each program gives an overview of the issue at hand, why it has become (or always been) a problem for certain peoples, what is already being done, the benefits of the program, resources to get involved and ideas on what you can personally do. Some of the programs may not speak to you, but I promise you will find many that you just are shocked by and you will want to find a way to help.
- Purchase the book: 100 Under $100 by Betsy Teutsch
- Resources and Links: 100under100.org
- Facebook Page: 100 Under $100
- Follow @BetsyTeutsch on Twitter
- Be inspired by following Betsy on Pinterest
- Encourage your local librarians to add this book to your library
- Purchase a copy for teachers (homeschoolers too) to learn about these issues and give them ideas on class projects to help support these initiatives.
Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope by Eileen Flanagan
For many, we can be inspired by reading the memoires of others. Eileen helps show us her journey from being a one-time Peace Corps volunteer to her traditional North American lifestyle to the feeling of being unable to make a difference and finally to her quest to fulfill her search for simplicity, faithfulness, and hope.
Hearing how a “regular person”, just like you and me, can find that way to feel she is making a difference in the world and the real experiences, thoughts, and emotions will inspire you to make the most out of your life. It does not guilt you, but inspires you to find how you can help, how you can empower others.
- Purchase the book: Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope by Eileen Flanagan
- Visit EileenFlanagan.com and read an excerpt from Renewable
- Follow @EileenFlanagan on Twitter
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