By Lisa J Shannon, Zainab Salbi
She created a starting place known as Run for Congo ladies, with the objective to elevate funds to sponsor 30 Congolese girls. What all started as a solo 30-mile run has now grown right into a nationwide association in reference to girls for girls overseas. Run for Congo girls holds fundraising runs in 4 international locations and ten states, and keeps to elevate funds and understanding. In A Thousand Sisters, Lisa stocks firsthand debts of her reviews traveling the Congo, the ladies she’s helped, and the relationships she’s shaped. With compelling tales of why she continues to be dedicated to this reason, Lisa evokes her viewers to arrive out and support besides, forming a sisterhood that transcends geographic boundaries.
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Lisa and a few American women have decided to turn up the volume, to shine the spotlight: they have listened and acted. Public diplomacy, friendship, and peace come in many different forms, and Lisa’s journey of sponsoring Congolese women proves that it also comes from individuals who have made the conscious decision to act, to represent the beauty of who they are as individuals. Her story shows the power of connecting through our humanity, connecting through our common love for simple things—our trees and gardens, the sound of running water, and all that we have in common, regardless of where we are and where we come from.
LISA F. JACKSON, PRODUCER/DIRECTOR, THE GREATEST SILENCE: RAPE IN THE CONGO “Lisa Shannon’s beautifully written memoir is for anyone who thinks one person can’t make a difference in the world. A page turning read, A Thousand Sisters could inspire the biggest skeptic. ’” —JERRY FOWLER, PRESIDENT, SAVE DARFUR COALITION FOR CONGO’S COUNTLESS QUIET HEROES AND STEWART SHANNON , MY FATHER AND NOW SILENT GUIDE When we stood close Together and your eyes Looked into my Eyes, I felt that Invisible Threads passed from Your eyes into My eyes and Bound our hearts Together.
The cab pulls away, leaving my mom and me to set up the First Annual New York Run for Congo Women in a downpour with gale force winds. I can’t say we weren’t warned. Last night, we got a call from the park service asking if we plan to cancel due to the severe weather. No way, I told them. Word has spread. After my solo run, I started getting random emails from people who want to get involved. I ran the numbers and landed on a new goal: a million dollars, which will pay for three thousand sponsorships.