Thursday, May 30, 2013

Women Who Weave - Connect With Congo!

The women at the Mumosho Women’s Center have begun to learn basket weaving.  Depending on the size, they can sell these for 3, 5, 6, or 8 dollars.  A bundle of the colorful cords that are woven into the patterns costs between $50 and $70, used to create approximately 12 large and 2 medium baskets, that sell at $8.00 USD and $5.00 USD, respectively. 

I wish I had one of these for my farmer's market mornings!

Connect with the women in Congo — post a comment or tweet @ActionKivu with your words of support for the women in eastern Congo, weaving their way to empowerment through earning regular income, sending their children to school, and being the change we all want to see in Congo!  Action Kivu will send your thoughts forward, where your words will be printed out and translated, posted in the women's center to encourage the women on their journeys.

To support the weaving women, consider a monthly donation! Every dollar makes a difference in the lives of the women learning to read & write, to sew, to weave, to farm. 

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Mother's Day: Connect with Congo

"Happy Mother's Day!" a man said to me as I passed his gate. Before thinking, I replied in instinctive, cultural politeness, "Happy Mother's Day to you, too!" Similar to when someone at an airline desk tells me to have a safe flight and I reply without thinking, "You too!" They nod, stuck behind the desk where they watch planes alight into the air, used to the auto-response. That Mother's Day, flustered, I apologized, then explained, "But I'm not a mother, either." "That's okay," he said, more thoughtful than I.  "Aren't we all mothering someone, or something, in some way?"

"Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to ‘jump at de sun.’ We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground." ~ Zora Neale Hurston

The concept of mother crosses cultures, languages, religions, eras. Mothers who, day in, day out, give encouragement, who hope for the best for those they love. Who give birth to creative ideas and see them through to completion.

This Mother's Day, we have disturbing news that the worst place in the world to be a mother is the Democratic Republic of Congo. Through Action Kivu's work with the local Congolese organization ABFEK, we're working to empower those mothers to make changes in their lives, in their communities. 

Read more here, and find out how this Mother's Day, you can connect with the mothers graduating from the sewing workshops in Congo, and help make their hopes reality.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Blogging for The City Farm!

I'm super excited to be blogging over at The City Farm's Grow blog! It's all about bringing more green into our city life, and I'd appreciate if you head over to check it out.  The first post is about adding green to your cubicle / office space —how do bring the outside in?  Check out the blog and comment there.

And please keep coming back here for my stories of life in L.A. and beyond.  I love creating community and connecting in all these crazy Web ways.

Photo credits: Clockwise, from left top:
1. Terrarium work desk
2. Living Table, by Nothing Design Group, Apartment Therapy
3. Cubicle: Kathy Turner on Pinterest
4. Healthier Office Spaces,