January 4, 2015
“If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style.”
From the late Maya Angelou.
September 26, 2014
Too long away from my blog and too much has happened since my last post. New clubs in the US. Exciting projects between clubs in Shanghai and Ghana, Hong Kong and Thailand, Suzhou and Guizhou, New York and Tanzania, Boston and Kenya, and more.
We are building momentum. I need to be commenting on this regularly. My blog starts afresh from today.
December 8, 2013
Willa IWA Club [India] member interviewing a lady from a slum in Ferozpur and then planning projects to help her. This is EXACTLY what IWA is all about. This has been one of the most inspiring weeks of my life.
December 4, 2013
I have spent the last 5 days working with some of the IWA Clubs in the DCM Group of Schools in India [Willa, Dhriti and Ideal Women in Action]. What a truly inspiring few days it has been. The students have come up with so many ideas of how to use their IWA Club to support the underprivileged girls in the slums near their school.
Please check out their blogs for more details over the coming few days!
November 2, 2013
26 hours in a train and 2 in a car to connect with our students in Guizhou.
2 minutes on the computer and they are connected to their mentors.
Certainly many potential difficulties and issues ahead, but this is the target of IWA, connecting women and girls around the world to empower.
October 29, 2013
Over 1500 US$ raised for the girls in Guizhou. 2 computers now set-up with blogs, email accounts, Skype, Online Learning Environment access, online English courses and much more! More importantly we are starting to form a group of mentors around them. As an example maths tutors from the University of Cambridge and Dulwich College International Programme in Suzhou.
Off this weekend to Guizhou to deliver the computers and teach the girls how to use them.
This is really what IWA is all about!
August 15, 2013
Sitting on the plane flying back from Guizhou, and finally some time to update my blog. Having just been through the pictures from the past two weeks, I think these few sum up some of the highlights.
Firstly two pictures show how each day we gained new students as the girls of the village looked in at what we were doing and just wanted to join in. This really illustrates what a great job are student mentors were doing and their ability to inspire through education.
Other photos show how the mentors were able to give these girls exposure to technology which they wouldn’t normally have access to in their schools. These had two important effects. One, they were able to acquire skills that would give them an edge in getting the all too important jobs that could change their family situation. For most of the girls this was the first time they had used a computer. Perhaps just as important though, they could see that through the internet they could access and connect to people well beyond their village and local community.
For me the two most inspiring moments were when May showed her mother the video she had produced, and when May’s family used their computer for the first time.
Finally three pictures show the special interaction we were able to have with the village community. They left a lasting impression on us all.
August 7, 2013
Watching our student May’s mother watching her daughter and herself on video was a very special moment today. This was a video produced by her daughter.
August 5, 2013
This says it all. A great day!
August 4, 2013
You increasingly take for granted your knowledge of how to use a computer and that this is a universal skill. You assume that if children attend a school this should be a priority skill to be developed. However, this is obviously very often not the case, but you really only realise it when you start to work with students in this situation. The good thing is that children normally immediately respond to any opportunity to learn something new and this was the case today.
Our plan is to get these students connected and over the next few days illustrate the opportunities that the internet offers.
These could include…
+ Being mentored by one of the students or mentors in our IWA Club network
+ Advertising their village for holidays
+ Teaching Chinese to university students in Europe or North America
+ Accessing learning resources through our Online Learning Environment
Our plan is to make a difference.