Faces of Hope 2009

Rising Team - Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Thanks to all who joined us!

Rising International presents:

Faces of Hope

An inspiring event that will
change the world!

The Women of the World Call To Us
and We Must Answer

Did you know … Only 1% of the world’s assets are in the name of women. The #1 cause of death for young women is pregnancy from forced childhood marriages. In Monterey County 39 percent of all single moms with children aged five and under live in poverty.

Please join us Saturday, October 10th, 2009

The Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach, CA
5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
VIP Reception—4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Your contribution will support the vital chance for women and girls to change their destinies, locally and globally

Event proceeds will train local low-income women to become social entrepreneurs, and run their own Rising businesses. In addition we will launch a new crafts project in the Congo, where tens of thousands of women and girls have been systematically kidnapped, raped, mutilated and tortured. “I sold everything I owned to start this organization. How could I not? I hope you’ll attend our event and join me in believing that all life matters.”—Carmel Jud, Founder Rising International


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Faces Of Hope Awards Ceremony—Join us in honoring two extraordinary women that have survived horrific circumstances and are now profoundly changing lives for the better.

Nadia Hashimi, from Afghanistan.

Nadia’s younger brother was killed by a bomb right outside her home. Nadia survived to become the first woman to receive a Masters degree after the Taliban. She then used her knowledge and contacts to establish Rising’s Afghan Widow’s Doll Project, renamed the Nadera Doll Project after Nadera, one of the doll-makers that was killed by a suicide bomber.

Joyce Laker, from Northern Uganda.

Joyce lived in a hole under her home and survived gunfire attacks. Like Nadia, her life is an example to others: from a small village she rose to earn her Masters degree in International Negotiation/Conflict Resolution and to become a Human Rights and Governance program Officer/Conflict Advisor assisting women recovering from rape and other wartime abuse.

Faces Of Hope Ambassadors—meet 30 remarkable women from around the world

The Premiere Of Rising’s Darfur Genocide Survivors Crafts Project—Rising International partnered with the Italian non-profit INTERSOS, to develop life changing income opportunities for the survivors of the Darfur crisis. Made with the hands of hope, the first crafts to reach America will be showcased in the silent auction.

Global Entertainment—World-renowned West African musician Dougoutigui Koné, who has never been to America and will be in country specifically for this event, will be joining his daughters onstage. Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist Gentle Thunder will also make a special appearance on Native American flute.

Live Auction—Featuring fun and fabulous experiences such as:

  • See You at The Movies—Six months of product placement marketing in TV shows, films and/or award show productions (min. 15 opportunities) from one of the top product placement companies in the world ($44,000 value!!)
  • Shall We Dance? – Private, professional dance lessons once a week for a year!
  • A Custom Couture—A custom made, one-of-a-kind couture creation, complete with champagne consultation and other special perks, by one of California’s leading designers!
  • Luxurious and Exclusive Wine Country Getaway
  • San Francisco Giants Box Seats—Field club box seats located directly behind the Giants dugout. Donated by the former owners of the SF Giants!

Silent Auction—Exquisite, fair trade art by Rising artisans from around the world will be featured as well as other wonderful treasures.

Rising Introduction—learn how Rising International alleviates poverty locally and globally by transforming a the successful home party model.

Plus internationaly inspired cuisine and fine wines!

To join the Faces of Hope mailing list, or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, email facesofhope@risinginternational.org