NGIYABONGA!  Thank you to everyone who joined the RUBY’S WORLD “Blogosphere” Tour.  Your participation made it a lot of fun.  If you missed any of the posts, and would like to catch up later, here’s a selected list of topics:

Just a Dumb Ass!
Interview with the NABBW
What’s in a Name?
Cracking Open Your Soul
I’m How Old?
Interview with A FRESH CHAPTER
Best Choice
Beer!

I’d love to hear from those of you who received a free copy of UNLOCKING THE DREAM.  Did this short story answer your questions about why I trucked off to Africa alone?  Maybe you have some of your own dreams that led to a life-altering experience?  Do share!

Even though the free promotion is over, if you’d still like to read UNLOCKING THE DREAM, the prequel to RUBY’S WORLD, it’s available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

In July I was appointed as the American Ambassador to the Rural Women’s Movement of South Africa.  I am both humbled and excited about this position.  In the four short months since, my life has turned inside out … again … all in the name of supporting women in South Africa, a country that is under my skin in a way that I can’t explain.

At the onset of the “Blogosphere” Tour I boldly promised an announcement at the conclusion.  Now, I’m scared, feeling the risk of stepping through that portal.  But here goes!

THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

2013 will see the launch of a non-profit organization dedicated to the service of women around the world.  Our VISION: A world where every woman has self-directed freedom and moral independence within her own life.  Our MISSION: To increase the voice of women in developing regions of the world through partnership with indigenous movements that provide shelter, food, clothing and education.

I wish I could announce the name of the non-profit, but the wheels of bureaucracy move slower than I realized … something I’ll have to learn to accept.  I’ll let you know as soon as it becomes official. 

Our first project is an auction of quilts made by women in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.  The auction begins December 16th, on CBS Bay Sunday, in San Francisco.  You’ll also be able to bid on the quilts HERE, as well as my FaceBook page.

Our second project is an anthology of the rural women’s stories. Their lives are incredible and they deserve a voice in the world.

Our third project is a set of bi-lingual reader books for elementary school kids – their own lives reflected back to them in their native Zulu tongue and English, the official language of the country.

And we are already busy exploring projects in India and Peru.  There are a multitude of ways to support women around the globe.

Thank you, ngiyabonga, for your support and encouragement.  Stay tuned … the pace is picking up!