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Friday, August 5, 2011

A request for help for AJWS and Tostan

Greetings Friends and Family,

I am writing this email to you after one of the most amazing and eye opening experiences in my life. I had the opportunity to spend 11 days in Senegal, in West Africa, working with an organization named Tostan. Tostan is one of many West African non-government organizations that the American Jewish World Service supports, financially and in many other ways. Tostan works with villages and communities in West Africa to educate and bring about positive change. To learn more about Tostan, please visit their website: www.Tostan.org . Tostan really does so much with these villages, including helping to end Female Genital Cutting and Young Marriages.

While in Senegal, we visited a village - Keur Douda Cisse - and helped them to build a school and begin construction on a garden. We spent a week getting to know the members of the village, spending time with them in their homes and playing with the children. While it was a lot of fun, these experiences were also meant to open my eyes to the lives and situations of those living in the Global South - the developing world. There are so many stories to tell, and I really hope to be able to share them with as many of my friends and family as possible.

There is a lot of possibility in these communities and it is vital that we begin to learn about the history of these countries and how we can, as one Globe, come together to eradicate poverty and everything else that negates the basic human rights that everyone in our world should be able to enjoy.

It is so important that we support AJWS and these other organizations. It does NOT matter how much one is able to donate...every dollar helps and every dollar counts. Please feel free to check out the AJWS website: ajws.org for more information. And, please join me in supporting the programs of AJWS.

Thank you in advance for your consideration,
Erin Boxt

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