Women & Wheels Project Feature

Citizen TV, a local station airing throughout Kenya attended one of workshops and aired a feature on our project! It was/ still is very exciting that people all over the country know that we are trying to grow wheelchair rugby and increase the participation of women and girls with disabilities.

We have come to be Danced.

We have come to Be DancedImage
Not the pretty dance
Not the pretty pretty, pick me, pick me dance
But the claw our way back into the Belly
Of the Sacred, Sensual Animal dance
The unhinged, unplugged, cat is out of its box Dance
The holding the precious moment in the palms
Of our hands and feet Dance

We have come to Be Danced
Not the jiffy booby, shake your booty for him dance
But the wring the sadness from our skin dance
The Blow the chip off our shoulder Dance.
The slap the apology from our posture Dance

We have come to Be Danced
Not the monkey see, monkey do dance
One two Dance like you
One two three, Dance like me Dance
but the grave robber, tomb stalker
Tearing scabs and scars open Dance
The rub the Rhythm Raw against our Soul Dance

We have come to Be Danced
Not the nice, invisible, self-conscious shuffle
But the matted hair flying, Voodoo Mama
Shaman Shakin’ Ancient Bones Dance
The strip us from our casings, Return our Wings
Sharpen our Claws and Tongues Dance
The Shed Dead Cells and slip into
The Luminous Skin of Love Dance.

We have Come to Be Danced
Not the hold our breath wallow in the shallow end of the floor dance
But the Meeting of the Trinity, the Body Breath and Beat Dance
The Shout Hallelujah from the top of our Thighs Dance
The Mother may I?
Yes you may take 10 giant Leaps Dance
The olly olly oxen free free free Dance
The everyone can come to our Heaven Dance

We have come to Be Danced
Where the Kingdom’s Collide
In the Cathedral of Flesh
To Burn Back into the Light
To unravel, to Play, to Fly, to Pray
To root in skin sanctuary
We have come to Be Danced

We Have Come.

~ Jewel Mathieson

Art by Julia C. Gray

www.awakeningwomen.com

This-Ability Consulting is looking for a Development Assistant!

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VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

Development Assistant – Fundraising & Communications

Organization:

This-Ability Consulting

Position:

Development Assistant

Reporting to:

Director, Gender & Disability

Location:

Nairobi

Duration:

6 months

Starting Date:

Immediate

Salary:

To be Discussed

Organizational Background: This-Ability Consulting is a social enterprise committed to offering organizational management support to enable the inclusion of persons with disabilities in mainstream development. We are dedicated to improving lives using sustainable and inclusive methods. We thrive on practical, cost-effective solutions that are community-led. Our projects focus on a wide range of development themes that are focused on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Job Objective: To provide assistance to the Director, Gender & Disability in identifying donor resources, raising funds and writing proposals for long-term organizational sustainability.

 Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Compile and maintain a database of international and local donor organizations (international foundations, bilateral and multilateral agencies and private corporations offering donations)
  • Regularly monitor donor websites and identify and inform donor opportunities matching the work of the organization
  • Maintain a website and regularly update it with information about organization’s work
  • Maintain the organizations presence on Social Media e.g. Facebook, Twitter etc.
  • Assist the Director in writing concept notes, project ideas and project proposals and ensure their timely submission
  • Undertake independent research in finding alternative resources for long-term sustainability of the organization
  • Assist the Director in developing business plans to generate income from various sources.
  • Undertake online research and build contacts with potential individual donors and raise funds for the activities of the organization.
  • Maintain relationships with existing donors and respond to their requests regularly and keep updating them about the work of the organization
  • Improve and develop communications material for the organization such as brochure, newsletter, website, annual report, DVD, poster etc.
  • Organize or provide assistance in organizing any fundraising events for the organization
  • Suggest other innovative ideas for effective resource mobilization.

 

Skills and Qualifications

 

Required:

·         University student or recent graduate in international development, nonprofit management, or another related field

·         Excellent organizational skills and ability to meet strict deadlines and maintain meticulous attention to detail and confidentiality where necessary

·         Excellent computer skills and comfort in a range of data systems

·         Excellent written and speaking communications skills

·         Able to initiate and maintain good lines of communications with colleagues and other stakeholders

·         Complete comfort in Microsoft Office and the Internet

 

Desired:

·         ICT skills particularly in Software and web development, Graphic design or layout skills

·         Experience with development/fundraising in a small office environment

·         Interest in disability rights/development issues/ women’s rights

 

Application Process:

This is a challenging opportunity for a dedicated and highly motivated young professional.

If you would like to join this dynamic team please submit your application to

info@wwproject.org

 

Each application should be addressed to the Director, This-Ability Consulting and include the following:

·         An updated CV; and

·         An application letter and Contact information for three work related referees.

 

Applications not including all of the above information will not be reviewed.

 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.