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One In A Million

From FINCA (Foundation for International Community Assistance)

Dear Gabriel,

We all like to think we’re special – but thinking and doing are very different things. This month, FINCA is offering you an opportunity to do something momentous…

As you may already know, we are closing in on financing our 1 millionth client. People are starting to talk, and the excitement is building. In the meantime, our friends at the Feinstein Foundation are stepping up once more. We have their support to partly match your donation – as long as you make your gift by April 30.

For you this means that every dollar you pledge will be partly matched, thereby making your pledge even more powerful!

For FINCA and our clients, this increased support is bringing us tantalizingly close to financing our millionth client.

This woman entrepreneur will most certainly be One in a Million – but it’s her actions, and the actions of the other 999,999 women we’ll be supporting, that are shattering the chains of poverty across the developing world. Loan by loan, repayment by repayment, client by client – donation by donation: We are winning the fight against poverty. We cannot stop now.

FINCA’s clients work every day to make microfinance work. Today, it’s your turn to take a barrier-breaking action. And with the Feinstein’s Foundation matching funds – there’s no better time to renew your support.

Many of our supporters have a long history of supporting great causes. They have already given – perhaps you have too. But that’s the point: Supporting this ever-growing tide of self-employed women micro-business owners requires your committed support. There is no quick fix, but there is a long-term solution.

And believe me; FINCA values your ongoing support as deeply as our clients depend on FINCA’s ongoing loans. It’s a shared process – and it’s producing life-changing results. Microfinance is working!

Please renew your support for women’s microfinance initiatives today. FINCA depends on your ongoing commitment and the amazing women we support depend on us.

The Feinstein Foundation’s generous matching funds are a wonderful opportunity to reach client One Million – please don’t let the funds go unused.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Soledad Gompf
Vice President,
New Business Development

PS – Please help FINCA make the most of your support by responding today! For the 15th consecutive year, the Feinstein Foundation will divide $1 million among hunger-fighting organizations nationwide to help them raise funds this March and April.

Courage Inside Walls

Went to maximum security prison yesterday for weekly group. Only there for about 3 hours, but time seemed irrelevant. What was relevant, was the insight, wisdom and life experience shared by those present for the meditation class.

Issue of anger, grief, revenge and killing came to surface and how people have dealt with those feelings and actions in the past and how they understand and see them and them selves, now.

Take a breath, pause, observe what you are experiencing moment to moment (physically, emotionally & mentally) and name or label it. Then, if you choose (and having a “choice” is key) to then take wise skillful action or not, it is more likely that you will not be reacting out of conditioning or pain, but with consciousness and compassion. That is the essence of what we and those in the group are discovering.

Our words and actions are important and have effects, but the intentions and awareness behind, before or with them are even more vital.

The strength and courage of the men in this group to be willing to step outside the known, to look at them selves honestly and to convey what they are seeing is liberating, artful and inspiring. Martin Luther King Jr. often spoke about not judging one by their outer appearances, but by the character of their character and humanity.

Nobody attending this weekly group pretends that they are now beyond their past and have permanently changed for the good (including the facilitators), nor excused them selves or blamed their incarceration on others. They have taken responsibility for their actions and the consequences. They have begun to personally understand the pain and loss they have inflicted on others, but have also come to realize that the “others” are in fact part of them selves and that harm to another is also harming ones self.

Practicing meditation and self-reflection and observation in a prison setting takes a lot of guts. Practicing meditation and mindfulness in our daily lives wherever our bodies are, takes vigilance, consistency and continual fine tuning. I hope those of us on the outside continue to practice with as much bravery and sustained effort as these men who are temporarily living within prison walls.

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