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The Hudson chapter of Dining for Women celebrated its first anniversary Nov. 17 of helping females in the developing world.
Dining for Women is a global giving circle dedicated to helping women and girls in the developing world achieve their potential, gain equality in their countries and cultures, and overcome economic limitations and social bias, according to a spokesperson.
The group, which started out with five members in 2012, now claims a membership of 24, ranging in age from early 20s to mid 70s.
"This really is an organization for women of all ages," said Tamara Peterson, who cofounded the chapter with her daughter, Rachel, "We have mothers and daughters, young women just starting out, older women who are retired, a real variety."
The Hudson chapter meets on the third Sunday evening of every month to support a new program and share a meal together, often consisting of traditional foods from the country in which the program is located.
"We've learned about such a range of issues," said cofounder Rachel Peterson, "From infant mortality in Haiti to the sex trade in Nepal, to the educational needs for women in Uganda. The programs we support are not about throwing money at a problem and expecting it to go away, they are about delivering resources to women and girls in need and empowering them to become the solution in their own communities."
"These women face issues everyday that are unimaginable to us," said Tamara, "It's important to educate ourselves about what's going on in the world, and take whatever steps we can to help." The group encourages donations after each meeting, suggested to be the equivalent of what would be spent on a dinner out. However, the donations are not required. "We encourage our members to give what they can, but at the core, this group is about education and advocacy."
For more information, contact Tamara Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-606-5023.
The group's next meeting is Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. at 1560 Groton Drive. The program is Smiles on Wings. A mission which strives to improve the health and well-being of underserved communities in Thailand by delivering dental care, humanitarian aid, and providing education and training for rural communities.