Current GWP steering committee: Emily, Carrie, Anna Lisa and Kim

When I agreed to serve on the GWP Steering Committee in 2007, I didn’t really know what I was getting into. I had a vague notion of what GWP was all about, but there was one main reason that I said yes: my mother had been on the steering committee. My mom doesn’t go for glory or fluff, she spends time doing meaningful things with the people she loves and in service to justice throughout the world. So I trusted that GWP would be a valuable way to contribute to the Church of the Brethren and women, children and communities all over the globe.

Our work is actually rather simple, though we thoughtfully and frequently reflect on the work we’re doing and how to connect with all of you about it. Our mission is to empower and connect women around the world and contribute to a sustainable distribution of wealth and resources.
In a few more words, GWP seeks to educate about wealth, power and oppression, encouraging one another to live more simply, being mindful of our luxuries, and join in empowerment with women around the world, sharing resources with women’s initiatives.
A key aspect of this work is raising money from those who have extra, and sending it to project partners in Rwanda, Nepal, Uganda, Indiana and Sudan who can do A LOT with the $1500 they receive each year.
Mother’s Day is a beloved time of year for GWP, as we celebrate the legacy of the women who shaped us, and the women who shape their children and communities around the world. With your support, women can find safe and sustainable work, send their children to school, supply their families with food and medicine. These healthy, loved children will become healthy, loving parents, breaking a cycle of dependency and developing vibrant communities.
My practical, compassionate, faith-filled mother doesn’t need any more flowers or chocolate this spring. She has plenty of sweet smells and tastes in her life. The sweetness of being part of women’s and empowerment and economic justice is deeper and doesn’t lead to cavities.
If you choose to honor your mother or another woman through the Mother’s Day Gratitude Project this year, she will receive a lovely, handwritten card from GWP explaining your gift and the work it will do throughout the world.
Send your request and donation to:
Nan Erbaugh
47 S. Main Street
West Alexandria, OH 45381-1243Include your name and recipient’s name and address. You may also make memorial donations, which are honored here. Send your requests right away for an on-time gift for your mother, but Nan will respond to each request she gets whenever she gets it. Mothers, whether they grumble or not, know that your gratitude is better late than never!

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Children learn about Uganda, and about themselves.

As you seek to strengthen your own families and communities, filled with loving and healthy children, consider using GWP’s Children’s Giving Project in Sunday school or VBS or summer camp. You can get everything you need on our website, or we can mail you a CD of the materials.

This educational initiative of Global Women’s Project seeks to introduce children to the learning, giving, and growing nature of empowerment work!

Through this curriculum, children will learn about the country and children of Uganda, as well as about their own lives in the United States.  They will have a chance to give their resources to support the work children, women, and men, are doing in Uganda.  They will also have the opportunity to grow generous spirits and a feeling of connection to children around the world.

Money raised through the Children’s Giving Project will support GWP’s work with SITEAW in Uganda, which educates girls and strengthens communities, as well as our other project partners.

On behalf of GWP –

Anna Lisa Gross

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