Unveiling our new website

We are excited to unveil our newly redesigned website! We wanted it vibrant, informative, user-friendly and with exciting new features such as the Gallery of pictures and videos.

Our goal is to heighten awareness of disadvantaged women and children in Senegal and share what we do to positively impact their lives: We provide impoverished, disabled, displaced and underserved women with vocational training, interest-free micro loans and essential resources so they can transform their lives, their children’s future, and their communities.

We hope that as you browse and learn about our cause, you will be moved to get involved. When you do, this space will be your source for insights, highlights of our work as well as news and visuals that connect you to the women and children we serve. Here, you can also make secure donations and share your inputs with us through the contact form.

We can’t wait to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by, enjoy your visit and please do join us!

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What true generosity looks like

I recently read this post by Alisa Hoober at Hope International and loved it so much, I wanted to share it with you. The spirit of generosity she describes, is the same I witness in the women we work with in Senegal.

To have nothing and still be this generous is grace. I hope you enjoy the article as much as I did.

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I used to think I was generous. Now I know I have a lot to learn.

I recently had an opportunity to visit HOPE’s savings program in Malawi. We traveled a windy dirt road for several hours to visit a savings celebration in a small village. After meeting for a year and a half, today was the day they were to celebrate the end of their latest savings cycle and receive back the money they had saved. Today was a day to celebrate their hard work. And they were ready to celebrate! We were greeted with singing, dancing, and hugs. I learned a few things about generosity that day.

There is a difference between giving our leftovers and giving our first fruits.

Shortly after we arrived, we were told that the group had prepared a lunch for us. This was unexpected, but we accepted this as an incredible act of hospitality. We were so grateful. We sat down to a feast of rice, beans, nsima, and chicken. We later learned that this village ate chicken every six months. And they chose to share with us—visitors that they didn’t know. We enjoyed the meal and felt so blessed, knowing that this was an incredible gift we had been given.

This group gave from their first fruits, sharing their best with guests they hardly knew.

There is a difference between giving out of obligation and giving joyfully.

As the group meeting went on, members were called to the front to receive their savings. Most had saved the equivalent of $1 each week. There was an abundance of singing and dancing and music; this was a joyful time of celebration. After this, there was an opportunity for members to give a tithe to their group leader, who volunteered his time through the local church. Without hesitating, group members immediately gave back a portion of what they worked so hard to save.

There was no solemn passing of the plates, no guilt-ridden message of why we should give. There were bowls placed at the front of the room and members danced and sang their way to the front to fill the bowls to overflowing. For them, giving was joy in action.

There is a difference between giving from your wallet and giving from your heart.

What we saw that day was an attitude of generous living. This group was not only saving together and helping one another financially; they were also caring for one another in each aspect of life. They were sharing life together, caring for one another in good times and bad. They had purchased matching fabrics as a tangible way to say to the community: “We have each other’s backs; we’re on the same team.”

I learned generosity isn’t just a number in your budget. Generosity is so much more than writing a check. It is an attitude, an outlook. It is the way we care for others, how we view our time, and how we love those around us.

As we participated in this meeting, I thought about what I may have done with my own savings had I been a part of this group. Would I still have been willing to give? I’m afraid I would have held on tightly to my savings. I think I would have run to pay for school fees, to buy food, to repay debts—thinking only of my immediate needs.

But this group gave what they had because they knew that it wasn’t theirs in the first place. In fact, they even named their group “We Have Received.”

This group reminded me that living generously means living a life of gratitude and of trust. It reminded me that we have received the greatest gift and have so much to share with others.

Throwback to A Winter of Discontent: A benefit for Deline’s Gift

It’s brutally cold in New York this week and we are not content about it.

Discontent made us think back to A Winter of discontent: the benefit for Deline’s Gift held last winter to support our work. This is a throwback to that evening.

It was an incredible night of great art, food, fun and purpose! But most importantly, it was a night of human connection. Friends came out in the bitter cold and rain to support and donate to our cause.

We felt, connected, shared great food, and raised much needed funds that will help move the needle.

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Malini and Ludmila who put this entire event together (on their time & $) manned the entrance.

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Great theater performances…

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The wonderful, generous & talented actors who donated their time, energy and passion to our cause, take a bow at the end of the play.

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Senegal, the country where we serve and operate, was well represented! Thanks for showing up ladies, cold rain and all! Appreciate the support!

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Now this lady here, Chef Henrietta prepared the entire buffet of delicious food and in doing so, donated her time and culinary expertise. So very generous and selfless of her. Thanks from the bottom of our hearts.

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Actors & friends during the post performance diner…the energy was generous and positive in the room.

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Actors & friends during the post performance diner…the energy was generous and positive in the room.

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Actors & friends during the post performance diner…the energy was generous and positive in the room.

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Very talented actress, flew in from Los Angeles to be perform in the play. She is as gorgeous on the inside as she is in the outside…and that necklace isn’t bad looking either… A big thank you to her!!!!

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Actors & friends during the post performance diner…the energy was generous and positive in the room.

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Actors & friends during the post performance diner…the energy was generous and positive in the room.

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She was everywhere…working tirelessly to make the event a success. Thanks so much

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The main man!!! He played the leading role and gave a masterful performance. Namaste!

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And then there was Derek, the man who put the play together and offered it as a benefit to Deline’s Gift. He worked tirelessly to direct the play and promote the event. You name it, he did it just so the fundraiser would be perfect. And it was. Thank you does not even cut it.

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Thanks for coming Willi and thank you for the most generous donation.

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Deline’s Gift Director of outreach standing on the right: Ludmila Brandao, with friends. Thank for making this evening possible. And thank you for being so giving.