A branch of my family tree is from the Ukraine. At the age of 13, my grandfather left his country and ended up as a refugee in America. Despite harsh conditions, he made a new life in a new country, but never forgot his homeland.
Now, almost 100 years later, I have an opportunity to give back to my ancestral homeland. I’m giving my support as well as sharing my teaching and technology skills with Women’s Rights organizations in Ukraine. The project is called “Tech2Empower,” organized by Wake, an organization on a quest to leverage technology for women’s empowerment globally.
In Ukraine, nearly 2 million people are internally displaced. Seventy-five percent are women and children. These women are vulnerable to gender-based violence or being trafficked.
Local organizations are working to provide support, training and services to these women. Tech2Empower will strengthen these organizations so they can reach and better serve more women and girls.
We need to raise an additional $10,000 through this crowd funding campaign to help bring as many women’s organizations as we can to training in Kiev in October. These organizations will have intensive and hands-on tech training and mentoring during the workshop. And, our technology volunteers will provide six months of follow-up support to the organizations to help them use their skills and tools in their daily work, as well as long-lasting, life-changing friendships and professional connections.
Please make a donation to this crowd funding campaign to bring women’s organizations from across Ukraine to Kiev for our Tech2Empower workshop in October 2015. The technology they learn will help them reach, support and advocate for more women.