A Beautiful Partnership Between Nuru & ODW Birthed Out of Ideation Conference
Guest Post by Billy Williams, Grassroots Movement Director, Nuru International
What started last spring with conversations between staff of Nuru International and One Day’s Wages while attending the !deation Conference in Long Beach, has culminated in $15,000 being raised through the grassroots efforts of ODW to help 70 families take the first step to lift themselves out of extreme poverty through a loan of high quality agricultural inputs from Nuru.
We are excited about the people that ODW has given an opportunity to join Nuru in the fight to end extreme poverty through their movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty.
You see, every single one of us have a contribution to make toward the goal of ending extreme poverty. Maybe you will be like Naomi and her family, and donate your birthday for a cause. This little girl and her family had a goal of raising $500 for Nuru’s work, but ended up raising $1500. Or maybe you can be like Esther, who raised over $2000 for Nuru as she ran a marathon. For some, it means a change of career; it meant that for me. Maybe it means changing your major, or your focus at college, or it means that your art, your music, or your writing gets infused with a more resolute purpose as we work together to inspire others to join us in confronting the greatest humanitarian crisis of our generation.
At Nuru most of our videos end with a simple statement. Be hope. Be light. Be Nuru. Nuru is a Kiswahili word that means light and has a connotation of hope. We love seeing people take steps to tangibly be Nuru in this world that needs more hope. We applaud the efforts of ODW as they provide individuals with great tools to be Nuru. We need more Esther’s and Naomi’s in this world.
Our recent grant with ODW has been fulfilled, but there is still a great need to be met in Kuria, Kenya. This winter, we are expanding our programs to over six hundred new families. Will you join us in this effort? Here’s a few ideas to help get you started. Together, we are ending extreme poverty, one community at a time!
Be sure to join us this year at Ideation Conference (March 28-29, 2011) in Long Beach, CA to participate in more stories like this unfold. – Charles Lee