Journal – April 11, 2006 – This week was a wonderful week for I got to share the special ladies of the WFW program with my sister who flew in from Canada.

My sister has supported me through the entire last 15 months through her endless ear on the other end of the phone as I explained the situation here and my utter frustrations of how to help.

Through her hours of collecting funds from everyone she knew, trying to help me keep this project alive and through her organizing a table in her college in Vancouver, where she teaches dental assisting; to help me sell the early products the ladies had made. Trust me; they were not an easy sell.

So, she finally got to see the faces and witness the smiles as the ladies presented their work for this week. It meant so much to me to have two things that mean the world to me together. My sister was amazed at some of the new pieces that the women were making and just how far they had come. My only response was that not only is their talent improving but due to the kindness of donors like the Liechtenstein Red Cross this month; we are able to purchase jewelry supplies that are worthy of the talents the women are revealing.

The ladies are all getting ready for the Singhalese New Year that happens on the 13th and 14th of this month and so we have all decided to break from the weekly delivery and collections and wait until Friday the 21st to see them all again. So, as this week runs into the next; I will think of each of them and hope that this New Year will be celebrated with hope for the future and pride in their accomplishments for the year that has past.

Pam Porodo

Pam Porodo

CEO & Founder at The Impakt Aid Trust

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