Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to the entire Soul Purpose community! I had the pleasure and honor of attending the Voices of Courage luncheon in New York city last Tuesday to honor some tremendous women who are changing the world and making a difference for women and children around the world. I was moved to tears by the speeches and felt committed more than ever to this global vision of empowerment that we have at Soul Purpose. I am honored to be “in the water” with each and every one of you. I also had the opportunity to meet Kulah Borbor and was able to tell her a little about Soul Purpose. I believe the message and story below speaks for itself.

I also had the opportunity to attend a beautiful Pre-Mother’s Day breakfast in Orlando Florida. I was the keynote speaker at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church - Divine Style with Sophisticated Elegance Fashion Show and Breakfast. It was really a wonderful and beautiful event and I am deeply grateful and honored to have been invited to speak by the church’s First Lady the most divine Sister Anita Barnes. I had a wonderful time and I was thrilled and honored to be able to share the Soul Purpose story not to mention being honored with the Women’s Empowerment Award. I am grateful!

I wish you joy, peace, blessings and quality time today to celebrate the spirit of motherhood.
With much love and respect,
Nadine Abraham Thompson
Founder and CEO Soul Purpose

Dear Nadine,
As we get ready to celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday, I'd like to tell you about a phenomenal woman–and mother–we honored this week, who has dedicated her life to stopping violence against women and girls. Find out what you can do here. Kulah Borbor works to prevent girls in Liberia from having to experience female genital mutilation (FGM) and the life-long physical and psychological trauma it leads to. Around the world, 6,000 girls undergo this procedure every single day.
Growing up, Kulah, who underwent FGM when she was 14, was told that if she spoke publicly about it she would die. Later, she learned otherwise, and now works for an international organization as a peer educator, teaching women and girls about the risks of this dangerous, and even life-threatening, procedure.
Kulah was also told that only "gronah girls"–prostitutes–went to school. Once again, she's proved them wrong by helping to set up a school and learning, at age 42, to read and write.
You can help ensure that every woman and girl has a bright future.
Urge your senators to support the International Violence Against Women Act, which would make efforts to address gender-based violence a key priority in U.S. foreign assistance programs.
Sign up for e-mail updates on sexual violence and exploitation of refugee women and girls and other critical issues.
Support our lifesaving work by making a tax-deductible donation today.
Sincerely,
Carolyn Makinson Executive Director
P.S. Please share with a friend today.