Dining for Women 10th Anniversary

June 27, 2013 | By

This video is about DFW 10th Anniversary celebrated in Greenville, SC.

Published Appen Media July 2013.  Story by Studio205.tv (no video published).

Roswell resident Helen Borland joined dozens of other Dining For Women (DFW) members from the Southeast region of the US on June 21-23 in Greenville, SC for the tenth anniversary celebration of the organization. Started in 2003 by Marsha Wallace and Barb Collins at a birthday party to raise money for a local charity, DFW has grown into an international organization with over 400 chapters worldwide and over 9,200 members that support impoverished girls and women in developing countries. The anniversary celebration brought together over 140 chapter leaders, members and representatives of some of the organizations DFW has supported in the past 10 years.

In addition to starting the Roswell chapter of DFW, Borland started a chapter in Stockholm, Sweden last year, where she and her husband lived for 16 months.

Dining for Women is a dinner giving circle. Chapter members dine in each other’s homes once a month, each bringing food to share, and the money that would have been spent if they had eaten in a restaurant is sent to programs empowering women worldwide. Donations from all the chapters are combined to support carefully chosen international programs each month. Selected grass-roots programs in education, healthcare, vocational training, micro-credit loans and economic development are funded. These programs are designed to improve the living conditions of women and their families by providing the tools they need to make changes. In the past 10 years, DFW has donated over $2.4 million to support such programs.

Through DFW’s travel program, in November, 2011 Borland and 16 other DFW members traveled to Nepal to visit four organizations that have helped poor girls and women by providing training for midwives (most Nepalese babies are born at home on dirt-packed floors), providing adult literacy and training for better nutrition, sanitation and livestock management. DFW’s most recent overseas trip was to Viet Nam in January, where members were also able to meet face-to-face with the women they had supported with their monthly donations.

“Dining For Women has a two-fold purpose,” said Borland. “We gather in each other’s homes, enjoy each other’s company and the food we have prepared, and learn about the culture and organization in the country of the women we will be supporting, so there is an educational component. By educating our members about the circumstances of women living in some of the poorest countries in the world, our members become agents of change, inspired to make a difference through the power of collective giving. The second half is the benefit we provide to poor women in developing countries. I feel so proud that DFW has truly had a positive impact in the lives of these girls and women.”

There are seven DFW chapters in the Atlanta area. For more information, go to www.diningforwomen.org.

Accompanying photo of Helen Borland and Marsha Wallace at 10 yr. anniversary celebration.


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