We discuss DFW's Theory of Change, tell you about our first grantees of 2016, and cook with the highly nutritious grain amaranth.

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Volume 4, Issue 1 | JANUARY 2016
13th Month
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Executive Director's Blog »
Co-Founder's Blog »
Featured Grantee »
Sustained Grantee »
The Proven Platter »
Grantee Reports Posted »
Milestones »
Chapter Anniversaries »
Happy New Year!
As 2015 draws to a close, we want to thank all of our members and donors for supporting Dining for Women over the past year. You have helped thousands of women and girls around the world – from the refugee communities in Amman, Jordan to the cloud forests of Guatemala and the remote, neglected areas of Togo, West Africa.

2016 will bring many new and exciting initiatives for DFW as we take important steps toward achieving our 2020 Vision. We look forward to sharing all this with you. Together, we will make an even bigger impact on gender equity and empowering women and girls.

We wish you and your family a joyful, bright, healthy, prosperous and happiest new year ahead!
Beth Ellen Holimon
Executive Director
Barb Collins
DFW Board Chair
Thank You for Meeting our Challenge!
There's Still Time to Give
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Giving Tuesday challenge earlier this month. This was the first time that we have done a participation challenge for our 13th Month Campaign and we are grateful to the 462 donors who contributed during the 10-day challenge period.

Thank you also to everyone who has donated to our 13th Month Campaign so far this year. We are very close to reaching our goal of $280,000. There is still time to make your donation. You can use the link below to make an online donation by credit card or bank draft. If you choose to mail in a check, please be sure it is postmarked by December 31st in order to receive a 2015 tax credit and have your donation counted toward our 2015 campaign.

We will report the final results of the 13th Month Campaign in the February issue of The Dish.
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Dining for Women's Theory of Change
By Beth Ellen Holiman | Executive Director
As the board and I worked to culminate the voices of members, leadership volunteers, and staff for the 2020 Vision, we had to look hard at the desires of the future. Most importantly, we had to understand what Dining for Women is trying to change. This instigated a very interesting discussion because, as we have been pointing out throughout this year, there are many points of change in our model. As we pursue our vision of change, we recognize that Dining for Women must create a number of transformations along the way:
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Speaking With Our Hearts
By Barb Collins | Co-Founder and Board Chair
I've been writing and rewriting this message for over a decade. The heart of it is always the same: collective action drives social transformation. When individuals believe they have found a way to change the world, it's a powerful force for good. Dining for Women is a way to change the world. And in this world of unprecedented division, Dining for Women is a movement where individual differences are inconsequential and unity and solidarity prevail.

Our movement is building momentum. Over the last year, we've carried on a collaborative conversation, leading to the strategic priorities of our 2020 Vision.
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Our Featured Grantee from Mexico
Our first featured grantee for 2016 is Puente a la Salud Comunitaria (Bridge to Community Health). This organization contributes to food sovereignty and advances the health and well-being of rural communities in Mexico by promoting the cultivation, consumption and commercialization of amaranth, a highly nutritious local grain crop.

The goal of Puente is to empower rural Oaxacan women to farm amaranth, improve family nutrition and health, and form microenterprise groups to create jobs and economic opportunities locally. DFW's $50,000 grant will be used to directly teach 1,050 women and girls healthy lifestyles and farming methods for amaranth. Another 2,000 women and girls will be indirectly affected.
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3 Things You Need to Know about our Featured Grantee
In the communities that Puente a la Salud Comunitaria serves, 90 percent of families report not having enough food to feed their families. Some 27 per cent of Oaxacans suffer from food scarcity and 36 per cent of children are undernourished.
There is a crop yield gap of 20-30 per cent between male and female farmers, largely due to access to resources and inputs. According to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, 150 million people could be lifted out of poverty if the world's women farmers had the same access to resources as men.
Puente's project will give rural women and girls opportunities to bridge the gender gap, become healthier, play a larger role in economic decision-making and work their way out of poverty. The focus of Puente's nutrition initiative is pregnant and lactating women and the mothers and caretakers of children under five since these are the groups most vulnerable to the devastating, long-term effects of malnutrition.
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Our Sustained Funding Grantee: Anchal Project
Designing Change, Stitch by Stitch
The mission of Anchal – our sustained funding grantee for January -- is to address the exploitation of women around the world by using design thinking to create employment opportunities, services and products that support empowerment. This mission statement truly comes to life when you hear the stories of Nita and Nasine:

Nita is a senior artisan and project assistant with Anchal Project. She was married at a young age and left her husband after years of abuse. Because of her limited education and lack of transferable skills, Nita joined the commercial sex trade. Nita has now been with Anchal Project for four years where she has excelled in design training and created beautiful, marketable pieces. She has taken advantage of Anchal's workshops in financial planning and saved enough money to move out of the slum and purchase a home in a new neighborhood where she is no longer stigmatized for her previous life as a sex worker.

There is also Nasine, a hardworking mother of four from an extremely impoverished background who was struggling to put food on the table and care for her sick husband. She enrolled in Anchal's training program and quickly started creating a variety of beautiful products. When she received her first paycheck she broke into tears before she even knew the amount. She later expressed that she had never seen such a large amount of money much less received it. Proud to call herself an Anchal artisan, Nasine is now economically independent and can provide for her family.

These stories are evidence of the power of DFW's impact -- Nita and Nasine are just two of the women who benefited from DFW's featured grant to Anchal Project in October 2012. This was the first time that DFW funded a project in support of commercial sex workers, and the results were impressive. CONTINUE READING »
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Proven Platter
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The Proven Platter | Mexican Stuffed Peppers
By Linda McElroy, DFW Recipe Curator and Chapter Leader of WA, Seattle-1
Are you familiar with amaranth? We're going to go all amaranth this month! Perhaps you've used it in breakfast porridge, or granola, maybe even a smoothie.

A highly nutritious cereal crop native to Mexico, amaranth is easy to grow, drought tolerant and very adaptable. It also has significantly more protein, calcium and iron than many other cereals like oats, wheat and rice – and bonus points for the leaves being completely edible as well, containing higher levels of calcium and Vitamin C than spinach. As if that wasn't enough to praise its glories, amaranth also has a higher market value than other crops, and therefore farmers can earn considerably more growing amaranth than other grains.
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The NC, Greensboro-5 chapter, led by Shashi Khanna, celebrated its 8th anniversary earlier this year. This diverse, welcoming group of women has raised nearly $35,000 over the past eight years and looks forward to continuing its commitment to DFW. Thank you, Shashi, and all your members for your long-term dedication to our mission!
For the fourth year, the Southeast region held a joint dinner in Atlanta on December 6th. About 50 leaders and members from various chapters in the region attended, along with Co-Founder Marsha Wallace and Executive Director Beth Ellen Holimon.
Congratulations to the AZ, Scottsdale-3 chapter which celebrates its 2nd anniversary in January. Chapter Leader is Tammy Frazier.
One of the Northwest region's newest (and growing) chapters is the Boise-4 chapter, led by June Langton and Memory Blodgett. Congratulations and welcome to this new chapter and all its members!
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Welcome to the members of the newly-formed chapter in Baltimore, Maryland, which held its first meeting in November. Co-Founders are Laurie Stroope and Kathy Porsella.
The three Santa Cruz, CA chapters hosted their first ever "By the Sea" Holiday Marketplace to raise funds and community awareness of DFW. All the marketplace vendors were local DFW members who donated 20% of sales to DFW. The event raised a total of $2,150 for the 13th Month Campaign. Thank you to everyone who participated in this special event!
The VA, Vienna-1 chapter had a very special meeting in support of the Little Sisters Fund, our December featured grantee. Chapter member Sue Malick knows two of the Little Sisters, Sapana Ojha and Kriti Hada, who attend nearby Shenandoah University. Sapana and Kriti (center of photo with Sue) attended the chapter meeting and shared their experiences. In Sue's words, "Sapana and Krit are exceptional young women by any standards, and are perfect ambassadors for Little Sisters Fund, Nepal and, I think, DFW. They made a convincing case for the impact that DFW's grants can have on girls education."
Grantee Reports Posted:
Chapter Anniversaries This Month
1 Year
KY, Highland Heights
led by Kim Yates
PA, West Grove - 2
led by Marti Zontek & Alyce Denver
ME, York - 1
led by Holly Sargent & Shea Adelson
CA, Lafayette - 2
led by Dawn Boyer Comer
2 Years
OR, Gold Hill – 1
led by Lynn Kellogg & Alice Cushman
CO, Louisville -1
led by Diana Barney
AZ, Scottsdale - 3
led by Tammy Frazier
OH, Toledo - 5
led by Luanne Billstein
PA, Hanover - 2
led by Carol Sterner & Karen Jones
MN, Apple Valley – 1
led by Tracy Hansen & Lisa Bessler
VA, Arlington - 5
led by Barbara Quist & Margaret James
SC, Greenville - 10
led by Gina League & Harriet Ligon
NY, Rye - 1
led by Ellen Deixler & Vivian Linder
3 Years
PA, Bryn Mawr - 1
led by Julie Isaacson & Susan Sukonik
NY, Nesconset - 2
led by Helen Farley & Connie Calabro
CA, Santa Barbara – 2
led by Melissa Hansen & Rebecca Metzger
CA, Thousand Oaks – 2
led by Lila Peterson
VA, Arlington - 4
led by Linda Maldonado
MI, Northville - 1
led by Linda McLean & Colleen Blanchfield
INT, BC, North Vancouver - 1
led by Ann Van't Riet
MI, West Bloomfield – 1
led by Lea Luger & Sharona Shapiro
MI, Farmington Hills - 2
led by Jean Struckmeyer & Jill McKinney
4 Years
NY, Albany - 3
led by Rosemary Revoir & Sara Combes
INT, AB, Calgary – 1
led by Lisa Jemus & Tina Fedun
CO, Fort Collins - 3
led by Mary Halcomb & Kathy Kehe
VA, Alexandria - 2
led by Lynn O'Connell
PA, Philadelphia - 6
led by Anne Sudduth & Deborah Wyse
CO, Boulder -1
led by Susan Tocher & Lancene Cadora
NC, Burlington - 1
led by Barbara Clawson & Ann Jennings
SC, Taylors - 1
led by Tessa May Porter & Alison Lively
5 Years
SC, Mt. Pleasant - 2
led by Anna Eddy & Candace Brace
MD, Elkridge - 1
led by Donna Wecker
WA, Vancouver - 1
led by Katlin Smith
OH, Sylvania – 3
led by Gail Dunn
WI, New Richmond – 1
led by Bea Evans
OH, Sylvania - 4
led by Christina Yoppolo & Emily Thayer
VA, Fairfax Station - 1
led by Monica Galloway
6 Years
NC, Taylorsville - 1
led by Regina Bruns & Patti Ferguson
7 Years
CA, Templeton - 1
led by Clare Kennedy
OR, Portland - 2 SE
led by Patricia Andersson & Cindy Workman
SC, Sullivan's Island - 1
led by Lynn Chiappone
9 Years
VA, Onancock - 1
led by Kitty Croke
13 Years
SC, Greenville - 1
led by Wendy Frattolin & Ramona Lopez-Finn
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