Waris: Letters to My Mother, part II

"Never give up!"

Waris with Lech Walesa and her manager Joanna Jasik
Waris with Lech Walesa and her manager Joanna Jasik

Today, we would like to present the second letter of Waris Dirie's series of letters to her mother. She describes here her meeting with former Polish President and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Lech Walesa who gave her new strength to act.

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Waris: Letters to My Mother

"My Loneliness"

Waris and her mother in Vienna
Waris and her mother in Vienna

Within the next few days we will publish a few of Waris Dirie's personal letters to her mother.

Today, we would like to present you the first one.

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Zinab–a very talented little Desert Flower

A moving story from Sierra Leone

Zinab visits the Desert Flower Foundation office in Sierra Leone
Zinab visits the Desert Flower Foundation office in Sierra Leone

Zinab is six years old and lives in Allentown in Sierra Leone. She has been through a lot in her short life.  She became an orphan in January this year as her parents died from Ebola in a space of only one week. She and her siblings live with their grandmother who fights every day for grandchildren with her modest income.

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Save a little Desert Flowers by purchasing a wonderful jewel!

Save and be saved

Safa and her Hand for Luck
Safa and her Hand for Luck

The Hand of Fatima is an ancient symbol called also Hamsa.  It is believed to protect from the evil eye. Every religion believes in the magic power of this amulet. This ancient luck charm was a model for jewellery made by a company Gemmini specially for the campaign “Save a little Desert Flower”. Total profit from purchase will be donated to the Desert Flower Foundation. The Hand for Luck (Hamsa) is a piece of jewellery which can be worn as a necklace or bracelet.

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Great news from Sierra Leone

Desert Flower Foundation Sierra Leone

80 little Desert Flowers attend the Anerdan Preparatory School Allentown
80 little Desert Flowers attend the Anerdan Preparatory School Allentown

One year after Desert Flower Foundation Sierra Leone has been established it is already very successful in the fight against FGM and became an influential organization in the country. Our project, "Save a little Desert Flower" was received there very well and today many parents across the whole country want to sign sponsoring contracts with the Desert Flower Foundation.

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