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Bonnie Welch

"Education for girls everywhere"

Newington, NH, USA
female, age 63
Speaks: Cantonese, Yoruba
Joined Aug 17, 2012

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My proudest achievement is that I founded, conceptualized and chaired ( for 3 years ) what is still today the largest fundraising event in sub-Saharan Africa. Founded in 1995, it is called Small World.  It's intention was to bring disparate countries women's groups together for one night ( international Woman's Day ) to celebrate and the proceeds would go to charity.  I was the Pres of the Amer Women's Assoc at the time and had a few other motives.  We had no idea how successful we would be. The tickets sold out before they went on sale. All 1100 of them. 45 countries participated.  My third and last year in Nigeria, we had almost 80 countries & 6000 people.  It is now going into its 18th year and has raised over USD$16mm for women and children's charities.   If I could only be so successful as a fundraiser here! But, now I am on FAWE's board. So, I can help my beloved Africa again!

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Groups Alley Cat Rescue, Cat Lovers, ORANGUTANS: Men of the Forest, President Obama, Enact Harsher Animal Cruelty Laws in the U.S.
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Birthday Sept 17, 1955  
Languages Cantonese, Yoruba  
About Me I've lived overseas for 15 years in developing countries. I've worked in aid and traditional charity work. I have spent much time in Pakistan & Afghanistan ( many times at enormous personal risk ). I know that the future of the economies of countries like those and in Africa and SE Asia depends on the education of girls, lowering maternal mortality, increasing access to capital in villages thru Microfinance, value chains and mobile banking.
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Pets 1 BFF dog-5 cat at rainbow bridge, 1 cat- Maggie  
Activist Aspirations Enthusiastic
Political Leaning Liberal
Eating Habits Almost Vegetarian  
Wild Fact About Me I spent 5 years in Lagos, Nigeria under Sani Abacha and was exiled.
My Philosophy Be in the Present
What Gives Me Hope That one day all people will see each other as human beings with the same fears, struggles, dreams, and NOT see them as "labels"
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by Elevate the EPA to Cabinet level status; Begin impeachment proceedings against Antonin Scalia and John Roberts. Make having lived at least 1 year abroad a requirement for running for a national political office. Make all congressional leaders serve in the same wars they send our young people off to serve in.
What/who changed my life and why Moving to Nigeria. Prior to I volunteered for NGOs and homeless centers, but when you live with poverty on such an immense scale, with death as common as our tides, it impacted me and my mission profoundly.
What Bugs Me Media's unchecked power to lie, The current SCOTUS, Citizen's United, Power of the NRA, Any one that would hurt an animal, Any one that would hurt a child, GOP leadership, abusive people  
Passions No kill animal shelters, No human Being hungry, Affordable Housing, Healthcare for all, Protecting Rainforests, Protecting Habitats for Animal Species, Protecting Wolves, Educating girls everywhere  
Inspirations Peacemakers, My family, Random acts of Kindess, People who refuse to give up, Kindness in the face of hate  
What Scares Me Intolerance, Disrespect for the environment, Religious Extremism  
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Quotation If you turn your face to the sunshine, you cannot see the shadow.
Interests fitness and sports- yoga, wildlife, Travel/Adventure, pets  
Books Almost anything worth reading, so many!!!  
Music Most anything but Rap and hard Heavy Met  
TV Shows Criminal Minds, Modern Family, News-- but I filter it  
Favorite Foods Sashimi, mexican, italian  
Favorite Places Tybee island, Wyah Ball Mountain, Palmyra, Bhutan, remote places  
Can't Live Without My passions, animals, laughter, friends and family  
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