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Giving Back to Our Sisters Worldwide

One of the first things that happens for a woman when she engages in sisterhood is a sense of connection with women, everywhere. Do you feel it?

I am so grateful, daily, for the support and love we generate for one another inside this community. And today, in the midst of this holiday season, I want to expand our lens outward, to our many sisters who need support worldwide.


I was recently approached by a sister who runs an organization called Transformation Textiles. I’m impressed and touched by her mission – any time there is a chance to turn shame into power, I am in. Here’s the story…

In 2010, Rachel Starkey came across bags filled with ‘off-cuts’ waste outside a textiles factory. Inspired to reuse this waste for a new purpose, she was able to turn it into over 3,500 blankets for refugees.

She didn’t stop there. Next, she set out to repurpose this waste to address the growing school dropout rate amongst young African girls.

No girl should have to stay home from school and sacrifice her education because she does not have the resources to manage her monthly cycle. Sadly, that’s the reality for girls in Sub-Saharan Africa each month.

Every year, these girls can miss up to 6 weeks of school because they do not have the basic supplies they need. Only 1 in 3 will go on to graduate, and this lack of education leaves them vulnerable.

Transformation Textiles utilizes scraps of fabric from their textiles factory to create reusable “Dignity Kits,” with all the supplies needed for girls and women to remain in school or work.

“Some people only see leftover scraps of fabric… I see a whole generation of girls that get to stay in school. I see a mass of women providing for their families by selling in a peer-to-peer network in developing countries.” Rachel Starkey, Founder

It makes this holiday season oh so much deeper and richer to take a moment and invest in your desires and goals for the world at large, and specifically, our sisters in need, internationally. One small gesture can make a huge impact.

I hope you’ll join me in supporting this initiative – you can learn more, get involved, and donate here.

In the comments section below I’d love to hear your favorite ways of contributing this holiday season. Shout out the ways that you give, and desire to give back — to your families, friends, co-workers, charitable organizations, or the ways you give anonymously (we won’t tell anyone . . . : )


P.S. ‘Tis the season to give give give . . . here are a handful of other women’s organizations that I love and support, that may strike a deep chord for you.

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  • SG Jennifer December 23, 2014, 5:41 pm

    I want to become a certified massage therapist and go into hospices and home care and nursing homes and spread love and healing through the power of touch. So many older people don’t receive loving touch and it makes them feel that much more alone and unloved in the world.

    • SG Sensual Shakaya December 23, 2014, 6:18 pm

      I love this SG Jennifer! You are so right and I’ve often had this same thought…bless you and your awesome mission xo

  • SG Sensual Shakaya December 23, 2014, 3:20 pm


    I feel one of the most beautiful things we ever give anyone is a smile…it says so much without saying anything, the Universal language of LOVE and BEAUTY.

    So I am rallying my community this year to join with me in bringing smiles to the world and to children who are born with cleft lips and palettes…unlike children born in Canada who if born this way are provided this surgery soon after their birth for free- children in 3rd world countries not only suffer ridicule and shame- sometimes not going out of their house or to school- but some actually die because they can’t breathe or eat properly.

    The AMAZING thing is the surgery usually takes only 45 minutes to change a child’s life FOREVER.

    The other amazing thing is that Operation Smile has over 5,000 Doctors who VOLUNTEER their time and expertise travelling all over the globe setting up clinics for these children, literally creating MIRACLES for families who are so desperate.

    Each surgery costs $240 to transform a child’s smile- go online to see the photos of these beautiful new smiles at:

    For every SG who donates to Operation Smile I will personally gift my Healthy Desserts mini radiant raw recipe book that has 5 desserts, that take less than 5 minutes to make with 5 ingredients that cost less than $5- GLUTEN-FREE, SUGAR-FREE, DAIRY-FREE, NO-BAKE and are delicious and SURE TO MAKE YOU SMILE.

    Just email customerservice at earthempress dot com for your copy after donating to Operation Smile.

    Mama Gena, and all SG’s, I’m thinking of you and sending you all wishes for all your desires come true in 2015!

    I love you!

    Xxo Shakaya

  • SG Debbie Rosas December 23, 2014, 12:07 pm

    During the holidays I choose a woman I have watched throughout the year and I gift her with something I have become aware of that she wants. It is one of the most rewarding things I do. I learned this from my mom who over the years gave to the a family every year. I remember well the year we brought over packages, food and beds! Best yet this season for me was giving my time to have coffee with a teen group going on a religious mission and tapping into their joy and excitement-their hope for a better future for the world. I came away hopeful and seeing the light in a new way—through their eyes and heart.

    Love to this amazing community. May this season light your light even brighter.

    SG Debbie Rosas

    • SG Sensual Shakaya December 23, 2014, 2:57 pm

      Beautiful SG Debbie! I love the organic unfolding of how your heart chooses for you every time, and how much you receive in your gifting…

  • BSG Glitzy Cougar Karen December 23, 2014, 11:34 am

    I’m a coach for a wonderful public speaking company, Own The Room. With SG Robin Amos Kahn, we have traveled the world teaching this to the top Fortune 100 companies (and yes, that is for profit:).

    However, she and I have a desire to bring this to underserved women, via non-profit agencies, to give women their voices and the power of their stories. We have already done several pro bono, and we desire to do more, so if you have a non-profit organization for underserved women and girls that would benefit from this, please let us know.

    My male acupuncturist the other day said, “It is time for the divine feminine to rise, to heal this planet…to step into their voices and their power.” Yep! And that is what we are all about:)

  • BSG Glitzy Cougar Karen December 23, 2014, 11:22 am

    For the past 5 years, I have served as on the Gala Committee for the Caron Foundation, and this year, they invited me to also be on their NYC Advisory Board.

    Caron is a national non-profit organization that provides massive inpatient and outpatient rehab for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts. Their gala in NYC raises 1 million dollars per year toward their scholarship fund, which allows families in the throes of addiction to get help and support.

    Why this one for me? Because at age 19, I took my alcoholic father to a 30 day rehab and he got! 42 years later he is still sober and he has helped hundreds of people to attain their sobriety. Also, my best friend, Carrie, was a recovered alcoholic who was not only hilariously irreverent, but also the most brilliant spiritual advisor I ever had (she passed away 5 years ago). And after my 25 year marriage to a different kind of addict, I sure needed the advice!

    I have seen miracles in my life via the gifts of the 12 steps, in AA and Al-Anon, have written about it in the Huffington Post, spoken about it to groups, and been gifted with wonderful friends because of it. And since addiction is the hot topic of our times, it seems this is where I landed….

    How about all of you?

    And by the way…two of the gifts of all this is my great family…my dad, my sister, her wonderful family…and of course, my two kids, Lauren and Christopher. And I am with them now in San Fran to celebrate the holidays…

    I wish peace and joy to all of you.
    Happy Holidays, sisters!