Thursday, August 14, 2008

60 Minutes Piece

For everyone who has access to '60 Minutes', this Sunday's program is an important program to watch. I defy anyone to watch it and not be compelled to act, to do something to help.

I sponsor Esperance, from Rwanda, through Women For Women, International. For $27 per month, I am providing for her family, and giving her an education and occupational training so that she will have a trade that she can use to provide for her family.

This is the e-mail I received.

"CNN's Anderson Cooper will be highlighting the plight of women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the CBS news magazine, 60 Minutes, this Sunday.

This is a re-airing of the piece televised in January and included a visit to Women for Women International’s offices in the DR Congo. The program will be broadcast at 7:00 pm ET on Sunday, August 17. Please check your local listings for 60 Minutes air times.

In the piece, Anderson Cooper shared the struggles of all the women we serve in the DR Congo. Specifically, he met with Lucienne, a Women for Women International program participant.
Lucienne was held captive, tortured, abandoned by her family, and gave birth to the child of her rapist. Her story is bleak, but she is picking up the pieces of her life with the help of Women for Women International and her sponsor, Deborah. In the interview Lucienne told Anderson Cooper that she named her child Luck. “I named her Luck because I went through many hardships. I could have been killed in the forest, but I got my life back. I have hope.”

After the segment initially aired, many of you wrote to us to tell us how moved you were. We invite you to bring together your friends and family to share with them the work you support and to watch the 60 Minutes piece.

If you can’t watch together, please forward them this email and ask them to watch or record it."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Debby - thanks for spreading the word and for your support for Esperance and all the women survivors of war we all serve.

Trish at Women for Women Intl