Friday, March 7, 2014

Have You Ever Felt Invisible?

When I first started, I honestly did not realize what a beautiful platform the blogging world could be. Every single day, we impact real lives. Beyond all the material things, our voices reach hundreds, if not thousands of people that can help to make a true difference in the lives of others, all over the world. 

When I was asked to share what you are about to read, I agreed without hesitation. I feel as though my posts/blog can, at times, seem superficial. My husband takes photos of me in clothes. I chat about cosmetics. I share with you basic pieces of my “normal” life. I haven’t had the opportunity, until today, to make a TRUE impact on another woman’s life and literally help rescue her from a world filled with pain and suffering.
I was introduced to Charlotte, you will be hearing from her in just a second, a few days ago. She is part of an organization called Sister India that strives to find peace, love and solitude for women in India. These women are suffering and they live a life of destitute.  I encourage you to take less than ten minutes out of your day to hear what Charlotte has to say and to take part in a few simple tasks. You, yes, you could actually help save and rescue another woman’s life. 
Have you ever felt invisible?
Maybe you're the alarm-snoozer like me, rushing out of the house in a bland, rumpled ensemble and a bumpy ponytail. Or maybe you've been stuck at home cleaning up after the kids for too many days in a row. Whatever it was, chances are you've felt invisible at least once. And it's no fun.

I want to tell you about a chance to rescue women from invisibility.

This year I learned about millions of women in India who are ignored and abused by a culture that denies their worth. I learned about Kajani trying to light herself on fire, Kimaya and the physical abuse she faces for seeking education and sweet Rosmita, a grandmother who's never once felt loved or worth it. A team of dear friends and I started Sister India to lend our voices to rescue them from their abuse through education. 

This video paints a picture of her world, with shocking facts I didn't learn until this year:

This Saturday, March 8th, is International Women's Day. If you're inspired to take action for these women, here are 3 small things that will make a huge difference:

  1. Share this video to end her silence. Lend your voice and encourage your friends to do the same. Click share on the embedded video post above.
  1. Give her an education for only $30. At Sister India, we are combating the abuse of women and girls by giving them the gift of education--- a gift withheld from over 300 million Indians, who can't read or write, even their own names. Educating a woman in reading, writing, math, health, business and Bible values only costs $30 because we work with an organization that raises up Indian Christian volunteers. $30 to transform a family for generations! Craziness. Right now all donations are being matched by an investor, so if you give $30, you're giving education to 2 illiterate Indians! Click here.

  1. Create a Fundraising Page this week to spread awareness and give your friends a chance to help too. Because there's a donation match on right now, just $150 will give education to 10 people! If 10 friends give $15 you will change 10 families, preventing generations of violence! Click here.

Thanks for listening! Because of you, she is one step closer to freedom.
To learn more about Sister India visit SisterIndia.Org.
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Becky M said...

Such a great cause - definitely looking into this!

Charming Lucy said...

Thank you for this today Shanna(: Susan

A Brew of Blessings said...

So beautiful. Love this!

Unknown said...

Sounds like such a great foundation. It's great that you're doing this as a fashion blogger!

Kimberly said...

This post was so well-written and I love that you are helping raise awareness for such an important cause. Going to check out their site now :)

Heidi said...

My husband and I have always wanted to travel to India. My husband's mentor is actually back in India right now because his mother isn't doing well. Yes, she is literally 103 years old and the entire family has come together to honor her. However, this man has told my husband multiple times that it isn't safe for us to go to India right now. And it breaks my heart. If it isn't safe for me to go there, then how is it safe for a woman to live there. Thank you for sharing these stories.

Helene in Between said...

thank you so much for sharing about this Shanna! what a wonderful cause

Unknown said...

I so needed to read this today. I am a graduate of one of the oldest women's colleges in the Nation, so this is a particularly important subject to me. Thanks for sharing!

xo. Maggie

Lauren {By Lauren M} said...

Wow, this post deeply touched my heart. I am SO, SO glad that you chose to share about this wonderful cause. I will definitely be passing the message along!!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Great cause - kudos to you for using your space as a platform for great things. xoxo

Amy said...

What a great cause! Thank you so much for sharing and I will be passing this along.

xo Amy

Kayla MKOY said...

Proud of you for opening your blog up to such a great cause. Thanks for sharing, Shanna!

Shall We sasa said...

Wow awesome! You are amazing:) <3

New on

Unknown said...

I absolutely love this cause Shanna! So excited to start my own page.

Shane, Whispering Sweet Nothings
Marketing Assistant, Lush to Blush

Unknown said...

This is so incredibly moving and you are an amazing person for supporting it! Love you!