Rooted in the Church of the Brethren, GWP seeks to educate about wealth, power and oppression, encouraging one another to live more simply, being mindful of our luxuries, and join in empowerment with women around the world, sharing resources with women’s initiatives. Read more about GWP and our founding in 1978.

Global Women’s Project Friends,

This seems to be a busy time of year for many people. It’s a busy time for GWP, too!


Spring has arrived, and Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Global Women’s Project is excited to kick off our annual Mother’s Day Gratitude Project – an opportunity for you to honor a woman you know and love by celebrating and supporting women around the world. Instead of buying more material gifts for your loved one, express your gratitude with a gift that keeps on giving. Your donation allows us to fund women-led projects in Haiti, India, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, and the United States focused on women’s health, education, and employment. In return, your chosen recipient(s) will receive a lovely, hand-written card indicating that a gift has been made in her honor, with a brief description of GWP.
To participate in the Mother’s Day Gratitude Project, mail your donation to:
Global Women’s Project
c/o Emily Matteson
6456 Adobe Circle Road South 
Irvine, CA 92617
(write checks to GWP) 
Remember to include your name(s) and recipient’s name and address. You may also make memorial donations, which will be listed on our website: www.globalwomensproject.wordpress.com. Gratitude cards will be mailed in time for Mother’s Day if you send your request to Emily by May 8th, 2017. After the 8th, she will mail them as soon as she receives them.
We invite you to help us spread the word about this wonderful opportunity to give a meaningful gift to a woman you love.
There are just a few days left of Lent. Thank you to everyone who has followed along with our Lenten Calendar this year! We hope that through your Lenten Calendar readings you have gained inspiration, insights, and information about the realities of women and girls around the world, about our partner projects created in response to these realities, and about your opportunities for personal reflection and action. What surprised you? What did you discover from your own activities and “tax collections”? Contributions from your Lenten Calendar may be sent to:
Global Women’s Project
Church of the Brethren
1451 Dundee Ave
Elgin, IL 60120
The GWP Steering Committee held our March in-person meeting in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, where the Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren hosted us so warmly. During the weekend we said good-bye to Emily Matteson, after six years of serving on our steering committee. She made so many contributions to GWP, and we will miss her. We’re grateful she offered to help with one more Mother’s Day Gratitude Project. Thank you, Emily! During our weekend we also welcomed two new steering committee members: Addie Neher and Sara White. They have already brought fresh energy and new ideas. WELCOME, Sara and Addie!
Blessings to you all this Holy Week,
GWP Steering Committee

Global Women’s Project wishes you a happy new year! We hope you will join us in praying for and working towards peace in the world throughout 2017.

This week many of you should have started to receive our annual snail-mail newsletter, Globalinks. We introduce our new board member, Carla Kilgore, share updates from our partner projects, and provide information on ways you can get involved with GWP in the year ahead. If you don’t receive it in the mail, you can be sure to find it under the “Globalinks Newsletter” tab on our website.
Do you know where your Lenten Calendar is? With the new year comes a new season of Lent, which kicks off on March 1st this year. GWP will be offering our Lenten Calendar again this season and we encourage you to participate! Our calendar includes scripture, stories from our partner projects, and opportunities to engage with time and money towards alleviating some of the issues you’ll read about. These calendars are FREE, you just have to let us know where to send them! You can also sign up to receive a page a day by email during Lent. To sign up, request print copies of the calendars, or to find out more, send an email to cobgwp@gmail.com.
Emily Matteson
GWP Steering Committee


Global Women’s Project would like to encourage you to give a gift to women around the world this Christmas by making a donation in support of one of our partner projects.

May God’s love and the presence of Hope be in the entire world!



New Email Address and Website
Please change our address in your contacts to cobgwp@gmail.com
Our current website is globalwomensproject.wordpress.com



Alternative Christmas Fairs

Alternative Christmas Fairs began as a way to enjoy gifting without the commercialization of Christmas. The fairs offer an opportunity to donate to various charitable causes in the names of those you wish to gift.

Certificates are given to donors signifying their gift on behalf of another.
See attached the Certificate Template to print and use for your own Alternative Christmas Fair to support Global Women’s Project.

Saturday, December the 3rd, I will be hosting a booth for Global Women’s Project at Stone Church of the Brethren, Huntingdon, PA.

If you are in the area, please stop by.
Festival of Lights










This Nariyal Barfi recipe is commonly made on occasions such as Diwali, which is the Hindu festival of lights, as well as Christmas. Specific ingredients for the Nariyal Barfi are as follows:


  1. Heat a heavy-bottomed pan on a medium flame and add the coconut, condensed milk and sugar. Mix those ingredients well and cook until the condensed milk is reduced to a quarter of its original quantity or you notice a fudge-like consistency.
  2. Add the ghee and mix it in well. Cook it until the ghee begins to separate from the fudge.
  3. Add the cardamom powder, mix well and turn off the flame. Add the cashews and stir well.


Next, grease a large platter, put the fudge on it and smooth out into a thick layer. Top the entire surface with the slivered almonds and saffron strands.

Allow it to cool a little and cut it into squares while it is still warm.

Allow it to set, remove from the platter and store in an air-tight container.



GWP Friends,
Right now I feel at a loss. I’m worried for the future of women and people living in poverty, and I’m not sure what to do about it.
Sometimes, when I feel discouraged, I turn to gratitude. I can always think of something I’m grateful for.

Next week is Thanksgiving. In honor of that, I’ll share share with you a list of just a few things I’m grateful for:
  1. The number of women of color in the US Senate quadrupled this month! (We posted an article on this on our Facebook page. I invite you to join the public Facebook group, “Global Women’s Project”, if you haven’t already.)
  2. Many people are feeling inspired to action right now. This gives me hope.
  3. I have a roof over my head, money to pay the bills, and a community of people I love (and who love me).
  4. The fall colors have been especially beautiful this year where I live.
This is just a start. Perhaps you’d like to take a moment right now to consider your blessings. And if you’re feeling discouraged about recent events, take the time you need to process your feelings and then mobilize. Do something to make this world a better place. Donate to your favorite charity. Write a letter. Organize a gathering of people to consider what we can do to make things better.
New Email Address and Website
We want to let you know that we’re transitioning away from the info@globalwomensproject.org email address. Please change our address in your contacts to cobgwp@gmail.com. Our website will also be undergoing some changes. Please visit us at globalwomensproject.wordpress.com
And last, I’ll share with you my current favorite pumpkin dessert recipe. It’s so easy, fast, and delicious.
Pumpkin Dessert (kind of like pudding)
  • 2 cans pumpkin (or cooked pumpkin, blended)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
Cook for a few minutes in a pan on the stove on low or medium heat, stirring often. Serve warm or cold.

Did you know that Global Women’s Project works with a special contact at each of our partner projects? We rely on these individuals for updates, pictures, and stories from our current projects in India, Rwanda, Uganda, South Sudan, and Indiana, USA. Over the past few weeks I have had the pleasure of emailing back and forth with Sister Stella, our contact for SITEAW, which provides educational support for girls in Uganda, as well as job skills training and a loan program for women in the community. This week she shared the good news that 4 of their girls will be graduating from high school this year, there are currently 33 women participating in groups to learn sewing and handcrafts, and they have been able to increase the amount of their interest free loans from $30 to $50. We invite you to join us in celebrating with Sister Stella and the women of SITEAW!


In just one month, members of the Global Women’s Project steering committee will be gathering in South Bend, Indiana for our annual fall meeting October 14-16th, 2016. Some areas of focus for our meeting that weekend include preparing our annual newsletter to share updates on our partner projects, brainstorming new members for our team (if you are passionate about the work of GWP and feel called to give your time and talents, please contact us!), and discerning how best to utilize the wonderful increased generosity we have seen from donors in the past few years. If you’re in the area, we would love to see you on Sunday morning, where we’ll be worshipping with the Crest Manor Church of the Brethren.


School started last week. After a long, care free summer my two girls happily stepped on the bus to start 3rd and 5th grade.
But how different is the life of so many other young girls (and boys) around the world.
Even though, according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 26, “(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages.”…
…61 million children of primary school age (6-11 years, my daughters age) and 60 millions children of lower secondary school age (12-14 years) are out of school.
The main obstacles to education are gender, location, and poverty.
While there have been improvements in the last two decades, girls are still more likely to never set foot in the classroom than boys. 15 million girls, in comparison to 10 million boys, will never receive an education. Nine million of these girls live in sub-Saharan Africa.
35% of kids who don’t receive elementary education live in areas of armed conflict, where education is not available or the risk to go to school is simply too great.
(see “263 Million children and youth are out of school from primary to upper secondary”, UNESCO office in Santiago, 07.15.2016)
Many organizations have recognized that girls’ education lifts families out of poverty and benefits the whole society.
That’s why Global Women’s Project supports projects like
Shifting Ideas Through Education for African Women (SITEAW) in Uganda.
We thank you for your continued support in giving opportunities to girls, women, and families around the world.
Anke Pietsch
GWP Steering Committee
[Note: We are working diligently in conjunction with the Church of the Brethren staff to insure an accurate reflection of donations and individual donors. Thank you for your patience and support. ]