By Lisa J. Shannon
Lisa J. Shannon had an exceptional life-a winning company, a fiance, a house, and protection. Then, someday in 2005, an episode of Oprah replaced all that. The express concerned with ladies in Congo, the worst position on the earth to be a lady. She used to be woke up to the atrocities there-millions lifeless, ladies raped and tortured day-by-day, and youngsters demise in surprising numbers. Shannon felt known as to do anything. and she or he did. one thousand Sisters is her inspiring memoir. She raised cash to sponsor Congolese ladies, starting with one solo 30-mile run, after which based a countrywide association, Run for Congo girls. The e-book chronicles her trip to the Congo to fulfill the ladies her run subsidized, and stocks their wonderful tales. What starts off as grassroots activism forces Shannon to confront herself and her existence, and examine classes of survival, worry, gratitude, and huge love from the ladies of Africa.
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There will be no break from the cold for hours. At eight o’clock, our start time, it’s just me and my mom. A cab pulls up and all the country directors from Women for Women emerge. I just met Christine, the organization’s country director for Congo, in Chicago a few weeks ago. She is a vibrant, open, regal Congolese woman. ” One runner with cropped blond hair shows up in a pink jogging suit. She introduces herself as Lisa Jackson. We wait another twenty minutes in the rain, just in case. Finally, we run the five-mile there-and-back course in the atrocious weather.
At eight o’clock, our start time, it’s just me and my mom. A cab pulls up and all the country directors from Women for Women emerge. I just met Christine, the organization’s country director for Congo, in Chicago a few weeks ago. She is a vibrant, open, regal Congolese woman. ” One runner with cropped blond hair shows up in a pink jogging suit. She introduces herself as Lisa Jackson. We wait another twenty minutes in the rain, just in case. Finally, we run the five-mile there-and-back course in the atrocious weather.
Something that will get my friends and family to see how seriously, how personally, I take the situation in Congo. 16 miles, the entire length of Wildwood Trail, a muddy, rugged forest trail which zigzags up and down Portland’s West Hills. My goal is to raise thirty-one sponsorships for Congolese women through Women for Women International, one sponsorship for every mile I run. I’m not sure I can do it. That’s why at first I keep it a secret. Everyday I hit the trail alone. Each week I go on the longest run of my life.
A Thousand Sisters by Lisa J. Shannon