Today, we are proud to announce that Sera Bonds, founder of Circle of Health International, is one of our speakers for our June 29th event. We are also extremely honored to donate 15% of the proceeds from that event to Circle of Health International, which works with women and their communities in times of crisis and disaster to ensure access to quality reproductive, maternal, and newborn care. Please read this beautiful piece below by Sera and donate to their cause from 7 pm March 4th to 7 pm March 5th during Amplify Austin.

Choice. A heavy word for women everywhere, Choice in education, choice in profession, choice in marriage, and choice in reproduction. For the elite, socially and economically speaking, a full order of each. For the majority of women around the world, a small helping of the first, and no portions of the latter options. None.

We know that the most cost-effective approach to eradicating extreme poverty is to invest in the education of girls. We know that when young women are given the choice to continue their educations or marry, they choose education. When they marry later in life, they postpone childbearing and this helps women live longer. Choosing to continue education improves the chances that they will not find themselves paired with radically abusive husbands. Continuing education also increases their chances for professional success. All of this choice rests atop the precariously placed pin of education. And because of this, it is where we, as entrepreneurs, should hedge our bets: on women and education.

CoHI helps women around the world.

CoHI helps women around the world.

We often think that choice is enough, but it isn’t. Choice is part of it, but money and access to money are the game changers. Those of us who have access to education–even if it means indebtedness for years to come to banks and institutions–stand many yards ahead of those who don’t. We stand a chance regardless of where we started, or even where we sit today. If I can get an education, I can change my life.

It is the duty of those of us with access to reach out and lend a hand by investing in others. To find your agency by committing funds to women that you believe in heart, body, and soul. None of us got to where we are, even if you haven’t arrived yet at your destination, without someone considering you worth of an investment and making it. Committing to you.

CoHI in Sri Lanka

CoHI in Sri Lanka

Circle of Health International/COHI invests in women, in their health, their empowerment, and their education. We do all we can to align ourselves with local groups and organizations, supporting them to train, educate, and protect women in their recovery from war, violence, and displacement. Its how violence ends, supporting mothers to be able to lovingly, safely raise up children who are educated and empowered to find careers in professions that empower, not ones that endanger.

We invite you today to invest in us, Circle of Health International/COHI, and help us to invest in the women we support in Afghanistan, Jordan, the West Bank, and Israel. They are trusting COHI to help them recover and then to support them while they reach for their dreams of personal and professional health, dreams that will create better lives for their families and their communities.

Please join us today by donating to COHI during this special 24-hour fundraising effort. Click here to learn more: https://amplifyaustin.s3.amazonaws.com/npo80316.html