Be In LHJ! We’re Looking For Global Citizens

November 8, 2010 at 1:17 pm , by


We need your help! For an upcoming story in Ladies’ Home Journal, we’re looking for everyday women in the U.S. who help women around the globe. Do you know a local church group who raised money to build a school in a village halfway around the world? A woman who is a longtime pen pal with a woman abroad? A teacher who set up an exchange with another teacher across the globe? Or a woman who hosts families who come to the U.S. for medical emergencies?

If you know a lady or group of women who are doing great things (big or small!) to help other women or kids around the world, post them in the comments! (And pass along to your family and friends.) If we decide to feature you or the woman you know, we’ll get in touch with you directly via email.

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4 Responses to “Be In LHJ! We’re Looking For Global Citizens”

  1. Hello! I’m writing to provide you with information about Sister Marilyn Lacey, whose longtime, selfless work in Sudan is linking women and children there with U.S. resources to promote health, provide education and alleviate poverty. Below is an excerpt from a recent newsletter story about her:

    Extreme poverty is poverty that kills for lack of adequate nutrition, shelter, clean water and medicines. Its epicenter is sub-Saharan Africa, where nearly half the population struggles to survive on less than one dollar per day. The most vulnerable are women and children displaced by war. Mercy Beyond Borders, founded in 2008 by Sister of Mercy Marilyn Lacey, links women and children with U.S. resources to promote health, provide education and alleviate poverty. The ministry’s current focus is in Southern Sudan, which has one quarter of the world’s displaced peoples. Sister Marilyn wrote a book, This Flowing Toward Me, which shares stories about her 30 years of working with refugees. She has seen “many miserable places, but none so devastated as Southern Sudan,” which she visits twice a year. She and her fellow volunteers risk their lives to help Sudanese women and children make positive changes in their lives. Cerebral malaria, scorpion stings and gunshot wounds, among other dangers, have been part of their experiences in the war-torn country. Sister Marilyn says she feels blessed not only to have been spared the worst during her journeys to Sudan, but also to just have the opportunity to make a difference for the people she meets in the country. “What I risk by traveling there pales in comparison to what these people face every day of their lives,” she said. “It is a blessing to do this work.”

    Sister Marilyn has a blog:

  2. I’d like to tell you just a little about Roma Marshall who is serving God–and villagers–in Jinja, Uganda.
    This former Huntington, WV hospice nurse felt God’s calling to the mission field after becoming a widow in 2006. She cares for 100 children at the orphanage in Jinja, as well as 285 students at local schools and their 50 caregivers from the local village. “I am up each day around 430am, go to the orphanage. On Fridays, I work at one of the local hospitals to keep up on my nursing skills. In clinic settings I don’t start many IV’s or do extensive wound care, and I don’t want to lose those skills.” She teaches HIV/AIDS awareness classes to local villagers and has recently been on a drive to provide cord clamps for newborns, too many of whom were dying from improperly tied umbilical cords. She serves in a country with one of the the highest numbers of orphans in the world. “I wouldn’t trade this life for a million dollars.” The thing is: she means it.

  3. I’d like to interest you in a story about 57-year old DeeDee Jonrowe, her amazing achievements, and what she’s got up her sleeve next. This breast cancer survivor is about to compete in her 29th Iditarod as the foremost woman musher in the world. Only one other competitor has completed the race more times than she.

    DeeDee is an extreme athlete who set the record for the fastest Iditarod finish by a woman. If you didn’t know, the Iditarod races across 1,200 miles of Alaska’s frozen wilderness. But it’s more than the cold weather that makes her performance extreme; it’s her life experiences that have taught her to endure and thrive. In October 1996, she was involved in a fatal car accident which claimed the life of her grandmother, and left her and husband Mike with life-threatening injuries. Friends and fellow mushers helped keep her dog team in top condition so that when DeeDee recovered, she was able to compete in the 1997 Iditarod. Then, in 2002, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Following a double radical mastectomy and nine months of chemotherapy, she returned to the Iditarod only three weeks after her last chemo treatment!

    Her passion extends to the people of Alaska too. This year, after introducing one of her dogs to an 11-year-old autistic boy in the remote town of Unalakleet, Alaska, the boy spoke his first word. She embraced the boy’s cause and took the lead on a fundraiser to acquire a service dog for the child.

    Dee Dee is extremely dedicated to the sport of mushing and to her dogs, working year round in preparation for the Iditarod. Her athletic involvement does not stop at being a professional dog sled racer. She is an advocate of healthy living no matter the season. Her love of running and biking led her to pursue a dream of competing in another venue. After months of hard training, DeeDee was able to compete in the October 2006 Ironman in Kona, Hawaii.

    Nothing holds DeeDee back, despite the tough moments she has experienced. She would be happy to share her incredible journey with you!

  4. I’d like a take a minute to introduce you to an incredible young woman named Laura Levinson who helps send under-privileged high school students abroad internationally on life-changing experiential trips.

    Last year, she traveled with a group of Oakland High School students to Costa Rica. Most of the students had never left the Bay Area, let alone the United States. The trip seemed to have a huge impact on them; they were able to understand they are part of a much larger, interconnected world, and that their actions have an impact. The student’s favorite activity while in Costa Rica? It was the service project at a rural elementary school. They were amazed at how welcomed they were, and how friendly and grateful the local kids were. The Oakland students also felt so proud of the difference they made.

    As one Oakland High School student said – “At home I’m used to feeling on the bottom, and that other people see us that way….here I felt powerful, like I can actually change things for others. I really liked that feeling.”
    Back at home, Laura manages the AFAR Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AFAR Media. Its inaugural program ‘Learning AFAR’ emphasizes service, leadership, cultural exchange, and environmental conservation. The program has made a positive, lasting impact on both groups of students.

    “I learned how to better open up to others, as well as to really start paying attention to the needs of our planet,” said Yonkers High School student Devanira Aponte.
    Since returning home the students have made use of the program’s post trip activities to implement lessons from their trip abroad.
    As Yonkers High School student Selja Kumar said, “This trip gave me a clearer vision of who I am, and I know now that I want to make a difference in my own community after learning how many people need help.”

    Building on the program’s success and increased funding, Learning AFAR is now expanding. Laura is approaching additional schools and is currently exploring new destinations for next summer. With the Pearson Foundation as Learning AFAR’s new premier sponsor, Learning AFAR will look to award at least 40 students from four different U.S. cities with international trips in 2011.
    If you know of deserving students, please contact Laura at with the subject line: Learning AFAR.