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A Simple Call to Action on International Women's Day

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 5:56 AM

Our tagline at One Spark is “We believe in possibilities.”  In a way, it’s also our mission, our vision, and the bottom line to our values.  The struggle facing women globally, and in our own backyards, is well-documented by so many amazing organizations doing such great work to light a match in the dark corners of oppression: to educate women and girls; to end slavery and trafficking; to end the rape and brutalizing of women as a war tactic; to end child marriage and female genital mutilation; and to end intimate partner violence, among other important and impactful work.

One Spark is built on the idea of opening doors to new possibilities that provide options and alternatives to women experiencing violence.  Our great hope and vision is that having a financial safety plan could be a single, critical spark in the fire of courage and determination that leads to change.  In the process, women may feel more empowered over their circumstances and, systemically, we can also begin to address poverty, housing, unemployment, and other key issues that impact both individual and community health and development.

Our call to action is to ask you to do a simple thing this International Women's Day: please consider helping One Spark to access the tools women need to build their own financial safety plans to courageously work towards violence-free futures.  We are currently seeking used, but functional, laptops that women can use to help generate income.  If you are a business that upgrades retired computers, or an individual that has a working laptop that you no longer use, please consider donating it to our Entrepreneurship Program...a small act that will have incredible impact.  Computers will be used by women working to generate self-employment income: it will provide access to fundamental technology that can exponentially expand business/employment opportunities.  More information on our programs can be found at

This International Women’s Day, we are celebrating hope and new roads that can lead to safety, security, and amazing potential fulfilled! Thank you in advance for your support!

To donate a laptop, please email Corrie Schneider, Executive Director, at or call us at 416.697.0620.

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