Sunday, February 6, 2011

Fund Raiser for Empower Congo Women - February 9th

 Sewing classes at Ushindi Center

Rotary sponsored Event
Rotaract of Ventura is sponsoring a very special event for Empower Congo Women this Wednesday, February 9th at the Wedgewood Banquet Center in Ventura, CA from 6-9pm. 

Rotaractors are Rotary members from 18-30 years old. The Ventura Rotaract Club is fairly new, formed less than a year ago, but it boasts 24 young men and women members who have sponsored three successful fund raising events in the last 6 months! These Rotaractors are on fire!

Proceeds to buy Sewing Machines for Congolese Women
Proceeds from "CELEBRATING AND EMPOWERING CONGO WOMEN" will benefit women and girl graduates of Ushindi Center in Bukavu, DRC.  Forty graduates who have completed a year long vocational training program will each receive a "Business Kit"  consisting of a treadle sewing machine, stand, thread, oil for the machine, and enough fabric to get the graduate off to a good start. Each kit costs $150 and allows a family of 5 to become self-reliant.

Join Us!

This is a FREE event celebrating Women. There will be a delicious buffet dinner, donated by the Wedgewood Banquet Center, and let me tell you, their food is delicious! 

Rotaract Ventura President Cheney Caldwell has been busy choreographing a Talent Show that you won't want to miss! There will also be a Silent Auction and Raffle, and a special presentation by Victoria Bentley who will tell the stories  of courageous  Congolese women.

Where and When
The event is being held from 6-9pm at the Wedgewood Banquet Center, 5880 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura.

Hope to see you there!

With love and gratitude,





Janet Riehl said...


Glad to see you're continuing your good work in the Congo.

If you can find a script of "Ruined," this is an important play to know about.


Dr. Victoria said...

Just saw "Ruined" at the Berkeley Rep last night. WOW! Powerful play and oh so real. There is nothing in that play that doesn't continue on a daily basis in eastern Congo-- it's a real life tragedy, made worse by our allowing it to continue.