Here is a beautiful holiday letter we received this week in response to our most recent e-Bulletin . The author, Jane Vulimu Angonga, is the general secretary of grantee group, Tumaini Self Help Group in Kenya.
You sometimes make us to have huge smiles full of love courage, care and sympathy on our faces throughout the whole week and sometimes the whole month. Your love is just too warm that we cannot get the correct words of expressing it. We are indeed touched to the innermost of our hearts to have such great friends, beloved sisters and networking partners as you.
Thank you so much for sending us this case study of the situation in Bosnia. We are overjoyed to learn that you successfully completed your 5 days hard work in Bosnia and you were able to meet activists who did their best to provide shelter specially to women and children during the war. It is good news to us to learn that the war is now over and there is peace that enables our sisters to address all aspects of women rights from basic economic security and opportunity in small towns and rural areas. This greatly fuels our commitment and gives us much courage and hope of empowering women livelihood in the rural areas that we operate. By acting together, sharing ideas and reading case studies of other women's movements in other parts of the world, we develop a strong voice to ensure that women's views are heard and taken into account.
From our experience, ignorance primitivity and violation of human rights are very expensive affairs. Victims of these who in most cases are women, children, disabled people and aged. They suffer physical, psychological, mental and economic harm.
Once more, thank you so much for the Global Fund for Women annual report 2005-2006 . For the past one-week, we have celebrated and carefully read it sharing a lot of information from the report with members the community and our well-wishers. This report causes a lot of challenges and opportunities to us. It is an eye opener and a positive encouragement to a grassroot women movement as Tumaini Self Help Group. Through the report we have realized that the Global Fund for Women supports a big family all over the world. We greatly appreciate the 2006 grant that has actually played a critical role in improving women livelihood through the rural women savings and credit scheme. To date, over 53 women who were initially very poor with no income at all , gradually improved their livelihood immediately after gaining access to Tumaini self Help Group financial support.
Today, the are successful business women with an average daily income of $2 per day. Also they have other possibilities of generating income and assisting other community members especially women and girls who are in deep poverty. This is a good start of the seed capital planted in Tumaini by the Global Fund for Women in February 2006. We are very proud to say that Tumaini is fertile in terms of skills that made the seed capital to germinate 100 percent, and it is growing at a high rate due to effective management.
This success has contributed to an increase in membership .Every day we receive over twenty letters from women and men who want to join our organisation...And every morning we receive over ten women /children who come to seek for our advice. Demand for our services has indeed increased to a level that more funds are required. Also we have intensified our programmes that promote women's economic independency, health, safety, education and leadership. With your support, we are determined to succeed and reach more women .
As you said in your letter, grantees and donors are not afraid to stand with us and give a helping hand. We take this opportunity to assure you that, we are not afraid of saying the truth about problems facing women. We shall never shy off even at gunpoint
May Christmas fill your world with all that is happiest and may you find the coming year holding added pleasure. Until then, we wish you the best, and may the Lord bless you abundantly.
Jane Vulimu Angonga
Tumaini Self Help Group.