“The cure for poverty has a name, in fact. It’s called the empowerment of women.” ~ Christopher Hitchens
My name is Lisa Kirkby. I decided to join the Dream Team 2014 and climb Mount Kilimanjero as a both a personal adventure and for the opportunity to raise awareness and money for those who are less fortunate in this world, focused specifically on empowering women and girls to increase their roles in making poverty a thing of the past.
I chose to represent CARE Canada knowing that women and girls are disproportionately affected by poverty and discrimination. They are often denied education and medical attention and in many countries do not enjoy the freedoms that we in the western world often take for granted. It has been statistically proven that when women earn an income, they invest 90 % back into their families.
CARE works with the world’s poorest communities in over 80 countries. They work to improve basic health and education, enhance rural livelihoods and food security, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity, help vulnerable people adapt to climate change, and provide lifesaving assistance during emergencies.
I feel that I have been blessed with a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the lives of women and children worldwide. I am asking for your help if you can by donating to CARE Canada. Any amount would be appreciated and used to further their mission of ending poverty.