Fig Tree Charitable Foundation

Fig Tree Charitable Foundation

March 04, 2009 09:30 ET

Fig Tree Foundation: Local Agencies Improving the Lives of Women Around the World This International Women's Day

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 4, 2009) - Fig Tree Foundation takes pride in the achievements of its local member groups in increasing opportunities for women around the world.

Fast Fact: Of the 1.2 billion people in this world living in poverty .... 70 % are women.

The Fig Tree Foundation is a Calgary-based group dedicated to helping disadvantaged populations around the world by raising funds for registered international aid and development organizations who participate at the Fig Tree Roundtable. Since 2005, the Fig Tree Foundation has brought over 30 local aid and development agencies together via the Roundtable. The Roundtable enables organizations to maximize impact abroad in a peer based, cooperative "best practices" environment.

This International Women's Day, March 8, 2009, we would like to highlight the incredible impact several Calgary-based groups have had on women's lives. From the Middle East to east Africa, Calgary groups are proving that we can stand and work together for a better future for women in every corner of the globe.

Women for Women in Afghanistan

Carolyn Reicher, president of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, is celebrating this International Women's Day by ANNOUNCING A MILESTONE FOR THE AGENCY: $1 million have been donated towards teacher's salaries in Afghanistan as part of its "Breaking Bread for Afghan Women Fundraising program." Launched in 2002, this fundraiser encourages Canadians to host a pot luck dinner with friends and family with the goal to raise $750, the approximate cost of a teacher's salary for one year in Afghanistan.

In addition, Reicher says, "We are very excited to be hosting this upcoming International Women's Day event with special guest speakers, Senator Pamela Wallin and journalist and activist, Khorsheid Samad, both from Ottawa. These women will share their expertise and stories about the lives of women in Afghanistan, and how Canadians can continue to ensure Afghan women gain access to quality education."

The event is planned for Saturday, March 7 at the John Dutton Theatre, Central Library, 616 MacLeod Trail S.E.

For Interview Opportunities and More Information Please Contact:
Carolyn Reicher
President of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan
(403) 383-2721

Canadian Humanitarian

The women of several communities in Ethiopia are striving to achieve their dreams thanks to the support of this member organization. The PATH Ethiopia project currently sees women learn new vocational skills that include cloth making, hairdressing, paper bead jewelry and embroidery. Armed with new skills the women go on to form cooperatives. At another project, "Kid's Hope", young girls are democratically elected by their peers to head clubs and learn leadership skills. And in the community of Amaya, women are banding together to improve their community's access to clean, safe drinking water.

For more information and interview opportunities please contact:
Sandra Moore
Canadian Humanitarian
(403) 527-2741

GEMS of Hope

Women in the Caribbean, Americas and Asia are currently "working" their way out of poverty with microcredit loans and services in health and education. GEMS has partnered with local organizations to promote gender equity and poverty reduction through integrated microcredit services by providing women and their families with small loans to support self employment and small businesses. These enterprises include selling fruit and vegetables, cloth weaving, pottery, livestock rearing, handicrafts and other small scale activities. The loans are paid back in full, with interest, and the repayments go to a revolving loan fund from which new loans are made to new or existing clients. These projects are all about self sufficiency for women and their families.

GEMS of Hope is sponsoring a fund raiser to support micro credit projects. The event is at the Jack Singer Concert Hall on April 6, 2009 featuring Dr. Wayne Dyer speaking on "Change your Thoughts, Change your Life". Tickets are available through TicketMaster.

For more information and interview opportunities:
Contact Joy Bews
Chair, GEMS of Hope
(403) 239-0496

The Fig Tree foundation would like to congratulate these groups in the work they are doing to improve the lives of women around the world. We invite you to join us in celebrating these achievements this International Women's Day.

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