Mom’s are getting the picture now…

Women Like Us Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting women’s charitable leadership.  Together we’re helping women change the world.  To learn more, visit our website at http://www.womenlikeusfoundation.org

Women Like Us. Three Journeys. One Mission. To Change the World.

Upcoming Documentary Film- January, 2016

Deb Myers, National President of Women Like Us Foundation and Director of the One Girl at a Time Program is a contributor to the upcoming film.  Here’s a sneak peek of what she has to say on making a difference and standing up as women for the good of the world.

E! News Catt Sadler…coproducer of upcoming documentary film sneak peek

Women Like Us Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting women’s charitable leadership.  Together we’re helping women change the world.  To learn more, visit our website at http://www.womenlikeusfoundation.org

Women Like Us. Three Journeys. One Mission. To Change the World.

Upcoming Documentary Film- January, 2016

Catt Sadler is the International Spokesperson for Women Like Us Foundation and the Coproducer of the upcoming documentary film…She traveled to Kenya and rode in the deep inner city of Los Angeles with a rescuer to learn more about the sex trafficking and what’s being done to save victims of this horrendous problem.

Here’s some sneak peaks…

Dianne Hudson, former Oprah Producer, contributes to WLUF Documentary

Women Like Us Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting women’s charitable leadership.  Together we’re helping women change the world.  To learn more, visit our website at http://www.womenlikeusfoundation.org

Women Like Us. Three Journeys.  One Mission.  To Change the World.

Upcoming Documentary Film- January, 2016

Dianne Hudson, past special advisor to Oprah Winfrey and President of the Oprah Winfrey Foundation and Oprah’s Angel Network, is a  contributor to our upcoming documentary film, lends her insight and thoughts for women’s leadership and change in the world in this sneak peek clip below.

 

Manny wanted to be a part of a better world…

Manny Santayana

 

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Supporter of the Women Like Us Foundation
Investor for the upcoming Women Like Us Documentary

Three Journeys. One Mission. To Change the World

Women Like Us Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting women’s charitable leadership.  Together we’re helping women change the world.  To learn more, visit our website at http://www.womenlikeusfoundation.org

 

 

Manny Santayana grew up in a rural town in Pennsylvania. He and his parents lived a modest life, his mother was a seamstress and his father worked on a dairy farm. “My parents were such kind people, they always believed in doing the right thing, always!” When Manny left high school his parents had saved their money to enable Manny to pursue his desires to attend Penn State University to study Psychology; he was fascinated to learn about the human condition, the human spirit. Manny decided to do something to make a difference in the world.

In 2004, Manny was headlined by ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings as “Person of the Week” for his contribution in Vietnam and return of US military dog tags to those who served and their families. Sponsorship of his work with Veterans was advised by Robert McNamara former Secretary of Defense- -under both JFK and LBJ, The Pentagon, Rudy Giuliani/Giuliani Partners, Senator John McCain’s Office and Senator James Beach of New Jersey. In 2007, Manny was appointed to the National Education Center Corporate Council by Jan Scruggs, founder of the VVMF and “Vietnam Wall” memorial, chaired by Christos Katsakos and Colin Powell. Manny is currently launching an electronic trading platform for security finance with BLACKLIGHT.

While his achievements are admirable, Manny defines his success quite differently than the accomplishments on his resume. “Success is about creating quality life experiences, whether it is with a client or with the staff. The essence of what our life story is about is determined by our quality of life. What’s important is the spirit of the human condition.”

Passionate about the growth of women in the financial arena he says, “We have had 40% women on the trading desk over the last 13-14 years, hoping to create a more realistic workplace that is reflective of larger society.  Adding female employees to the workplace adds stability… stability to your marketing, branding, and sales message to your clients.  The diversity adds normalization.”

Manny first heard about The Women Like Us Foundation and their efforts through his friend Andy Waldman, a fellow Wall Street friend who is now the owner of the popular women’s magazine, FOCUS. Manny became a supporter and investor in the foundation after hearing about their efforts to create awareness and to bring change and opportunity to others in need. “I support The Women Like Us Foundation and their mission to support women in their efforts to improve the lives of others both locally and globally.”

To learn more about our upcoming documentary, visit our website at http://www.womenlikeusfoundation.org

Written By: Sommer Bannan

“If we all do a little bit, we can accomplish a lot together!” Sally Colon-Petree

 

Women Like Us Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting women-led causes around the world. Together we’re helping women change the world. To learn more, visit our website at http://www.womenlikeusfoundation.org

 Sally Colon-Petree

President of the Los Angeles Initiative- Women Like Us Foundation 

Director & Producer of the upcoming Women Like Us Documentary

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THREE JOURNEYS. ONE MISSION. TO CHANGE THE WORLD

Below is a SNEAK PEEK OF THE UPCOMING DOCUMENTARY

 

“The things in my life that could have knocked me down inspired me. My mother always instilled within me to give back.” Sally grew up in a difficult Chicago neighborhood where she and her family did not feel welcome. “We were targets of such unfortunate discrimination. They would chase me from school and they would set our garage on fire.” Sally explains, “it was my mother who would always remind me that you cannot change the behavior of others, and regardless of their actions we are to always unconditionally love our neighbors.” It was Sally’s mother who instilled within her heart to always love and to always give back. “I knew that I would always be that little girl who would help others feel the love that my mother modeled for me.”

At a young age Sally knew she was “destined for Hollywood.” Sally graduated from Oral Roberts University where she studied Film and Television Production, and in 1996 set out for her move to the big city of Los Angeles, California. While pursuing her career in the entertainment industry, her mother’s voice remained clear and strong within her heart. Sally began working with The Dream Center fifteen years ago (a foundation in Los Angeles that provides home, shelter, and services to those in difficult life circumstances). Sally knew she could give back by simply sharing her own knowledge and her own basic abilities; she joined as a board member on the family floor (one floor in the 15-story building dedicated to homeless families), and worked with the youth who had a desire to pursue dreams in film and entertainment.  

Sally first learned about The Women Like Us Foundation by attending an event at the W Hotel in Los Angeles, California. “I was inspired by the work they were doing. I knew this was a chance for me to give to others not just locally, but globally.” After Sally’s mother passed away, she decided to join the foundation on their humanitarian trip to Kenya… a trip Sally decided to film, a trip that began the incredible documentary about the passion of women making a difference in the world. In her production, she wanted to share the heartfelt stories and give acknowledgment to the inspiring women around us who are doing such incredible work for others. “We share a vision, our mission is to let women know that they can do something! If we all do a little bit, we can accomplish a lot together! I want people to step out of their comfort zones and do something for others. I want women to watch the documentary and think ‘what can I do?’ To shed light on what the Women Like Us Foundation is doing is an honor.”

The Women Like Us Documentary is coming soon!  To learn more, visit our website at http://www.womenlikeusfoundation.org

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Sally Collon-Petree, Linda Rendleman, & Catt Sadler

 

Written By: Sommer Bannan

“Your Basic Abilities Matter” -Caroline Barnett

The Women Like Us Foundation continues to acknowledge and commend women who are impacting world change like Caroline Barnett. We create awareness and raise funds to help these women grow their impact and sustain their initiatives. The Women Like Us Foundation has visited and provided mentorship to residents and women in The Dream Center. To learn more about Caroline Barnett and The Dream Center Foundation, visit our website at www.womenlikeusfoundation.org

Caroline Barnett
The Dream Center
Featured in the Upcoming Women Like Us Documentary

“I’d likUnknowne to encourage women… your basic abilities matter and can be a miracle in someone else’s life. Don’t underestimate what you can bring to the table, and what your basic abilities can do in someone else’s life.” – Caroline Barnett

Caroline Barnett is the leader of Angelus Temple’s Women’s Ministry and has played a vital role in program development at The Dream Center in Los Angeles, California. Caroline first visited The Dream Center in 1996, after hearing her family discuss the tremendous work being done there and the enormous impact they were having on the Los Angeles community. She grew up in the Los Angeles area, and knew the change that needed and could be done in the inner city neighborhoods. At the age of 18, Caroline found her life passion, to assist and support the men, women, and children within her own community. She became inspired by how many people were transforming their life, miracles happening daily through the work of the organization and their volunteers.

When Caroline first began volunteering, she and her best friend initiated the Food Truck Ministry, a mobile food bank, delivering food to impoverished families and individuals each day. Caroline recognized that the families who were most in need of food were unable to obtain it by lack of transportation and the means to transport it. She created a program to bring the food to locations, near elementary schools and through the neighborhoods that were suffering the most. Today, more than 50,000 people are fed each month through this outreach ministry. Caroline also became passionate about the Adopt-a-Block Program, where volunteers physically walk the streets, knock on the neighborhood doors, and help to clean the streets by picking up trash, cleaning up graffiti, and mowing the lawns of elderly. Caroline says, “There is so much more that we do at The Dream Center, this is just the surface.” In the fall they are initiating a program for Veterans in need of assistance, as well.

Caroline proclaims, “If you have ever heard yourself say, ‘Surely there is more to life than this,’ rest assured, you are not alone. Getting caught up in the day-to-day routine, it can be easy to feel as though you have nothing more to give, and yet there is so much you want to do to impact the world. For those who are willing to get out of the proverbial boat and trust in God’s ability to do miracles, there is more, so much more!” Caroline is passionate about inspiring others to find their God-given cause to change this world with just a little bit of effort and a lot of faith; simply their willingness.

Written By: Sommer Bannan

Abandoned in the bushes as a baby in Kenya-now she protects the lives of children.

Mrs Tom at the school in Kenya is one of the initiatives supported by Women Like Us Foundation.  And right now, they need your help.  An urgent need is a water tank so the children are not drinking water from the river.  Can you help us?  More here and how to DONATE.

Mrs. Tom is a woman like us.  Here is her story.

Years ago, a little baby girl in Kenya was born out of wedlock and abandoned in the bushes. Her life would have ended had she not been picked up and taken to her grandmother’s home. The life of women and girls in Kenya is often seen as a burden; many of them truly become beasts of burden under their husband’s rule. That is where the story of Mrs. Tom begins.

DSC_0100-2“I was happiest in my childhood while at school,” she says. “My teachers and classmates kept my mind off the life at home, a life of abuse and lack of kindness and love. I grew up very miserable, as I would term it. I can recall one particular memory where I had unintentionally forgotten to sharpen a pencil for my sister, and my sister reported to my mother. That day I was beaten and thrown out into the rains at night. I sat outside in the cold and wet while the rest of my family remained inside eating their supper. A kind neighbor took me to his house and that is where I slept until morning. Even now as I think back to that evening, I have a difficult time understanding how a mother could sleep when she didn’t know where her daughter was out in the rainy night.

Mrs Tom and the teachers and helpers of the N A Noel School.

Mrs Tom and the teachers and helpers of the N A Noel School.understanding how a mother could slumber comfortably not knowing where her baby was sleeping.”

School was Mrs. Tom’s refuge. Education is a harbor for many children in Kenya. She recalls that even as a child she understood that education would be good for her and would give her a better life. Because she loved learning, she was able to attend school through 8th grade. Because there were school fees and her family had no money, Mrs. Tom’s teacher would hide her when the authorities came around to collect fees, she was not on the register; she was able to attend school for free.

Her adult journey began working at a preschool in her area. Eventually, she began her own school for children like her, in unfortunate and distressing circumstances… children who are orphans, have no guidance and no place to go. It became her mission to bring these children together, feed them and help them learn. It was in a small building on the edge of Lake Victoria where she began and where International Artist Nancy Noel found her when out one day looking for things in Kenya to photograph and paint. That was ten years ago.

Today, the N A Noel School holds over 200 children, but there is still much work to do. The children arrive to be taken in by Mrs. Tom almost daily and the school continues to grow.

N A Noel School

N A Noel School

Through the generosity of Nancy Noel and the efforts of Women Like Us Foundation and others, the school has made strides. But the work is never done.

As part of the Women Like Us humanitarian travel effort, we traveled to Rusinga last year and met the children. While there, we taught music, played sports, and brought school supplies. Women Like Us Foundation has funded the building of latrines, sent dollars for millet, rice and beans, which is used for porridge for the children in the morning, and lunch for those who can pay a fee to eat it. There are 185 children who cannot afford to eat lunch. For the children that do eat lunch, it is only available twice per week. Women Like Us Foundation has implemented a lunch program and most

Latrines built at the N A Noel School

Latrines built at the N A Noel School

recently is creating a project to build a garden and teach the children and Mrs. Tom how to tend to it on their own. What Mrs. Tom started is continuing. But the job is never done in Kenya. Textbooks, teachers and more space for the children are imperative. Mrs. Tom continues to believe that children can have a better life. So do we!

Mrs. Tom and her family live at one end of the tumbled down school. The dirt floors are swept and the children sleep six across a bed and six more on the floor. The food provided for the school is shared with her family. The journey continues. It is a life of need and hope, every day.

Read more about Mrs. Tom and the school at www.womenlikeusfoundation.org.