Posts Tagged ‘congo’

Stuff & Things

16.05.2011
21:51

Things! Stuff!

  • First up, remember that project with “BMB” I teased a while back?  BAM! Castle: Deadly Storm
  • Also in announcements, Fraction and I are going to Brazil in November as guests of Belo Horizonte. We’ve never been there before and we’re super-excited about it.
  • And INSANELY HUGE thanks to everyone who has thus far donated (and those of you who are considering donating later) to my Run for Congo fundraising efforts.  As of right now, I’m over 10x my goal–$2,000+!  I’m not sure how much two grand buys in Congo, but I’m hoping it buys one woman some peace and a lead on a future.  If you looking for something else to do, you might consider writing to your representatives about a special envoy for Congo.  That would make every dollar we send more effective.  More ideas here and here.
  • As a reminder, I’ve got two signings coming up–one in Chicago and one in Wisconsin. The one is Chicago is looking like it’s going to be HILARIOUS, as I was just sent my script for the Dramatic Osborn 5 reading.  No… No, I’m not kidding and I have to say I think it’s going to be awesome.  If you’re in the area, I’d love it if you came.  I’ll even let you read Norman.  (Also, I hear there will be cookies.)  Also I believe Siuntres will be coming by to do an episode of Wordballoon.

Unbelievable

13.05.2011
22:48

So… I had hoped to raise $200.  As of right now, I’m at $765.  Here’s a thing: THE ENTIRE EVENT HAS ONLY RAISED $1,785.  That means 42% of the fundraising to date for the Portland Run for Congo was you guys.  I am blown away by that.  Thank you all. I hope you’re as proud of you as I am.

Here are a couple of follow up links:

And of course:


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WARNING: This is Horrifying.

13.05.2011
21:00

I heard a story on NPR that left me shattered. It spoke of a study, published yesterday in the American Journal of Public Health, suggesting that more than 1,100 Congolese women are raped every day. That’s apparently twenty-six times higher than previous already-horrifying estimates. I couldn’t wrap my brain around that kind of figure. I thought certainly I’d misheard, misunderstood, so I went to The World’s website to check. No… apparently not.

I’m often left feeling impotent by the news. I mean, these women are a world away from me. What can I do? I suffer from the same chronic deficiencies of time and money as just about everyone else I know. But I haven’t been able to shake that number from my mind. 1,100. Every day.

So I did a little more poking around on the internet and as it happens, there’s a WomenforWomen.org 5k run/walk on July 23rd. So… I signed up. I’ve set a very modest goal–this is a tough economy and April was especially brutal this year, but I’m hoping with your help to raise a mere $200 for Women for Women. It’s not much, but it’s something. And I’m kind of slow, but I’m starting to really understand how somethings add up. There is power in somethings.

So, could you do something too? $5? Maybe?

Here’s the link.

Women for Women International provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies. We’re changing the world one woman at a time.

Run for Congo Women is a global run/walk event series benefiting Women for Women International’s programs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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