Editor’s Note: A commitment to empower women is embedded in Heifer International’s core values for sustainable development. In honor of International Women’s Day on Thursday, March 8, this week we’re sharing the stories of Heifer participants who take the gifts of animals and training and run with them to extraordinary results for themselves and their communities. Through hard work and innovations, each woman secures her rightful place in the family, the marketplace and the world.

I’ll never forget Sadie Kameri. Never.

Sadie’s story affected me so deeply that I feared I’d never be able to adequately convey each emotion that I felt hearing her tell it. It’s so tragic, so haunting and yet so hopeful.

My hope is this video gives you an idea of how remarkable Sadie is—how remarkable all of the women of Kosovo are—and explains just why I'll carry the war widows I met with me for the rest of my life.


For a fuller picture of Sadie’s life after the Kosovo war, read "Those Who Remain" in the Holiday 2009 edition of World Ark.

Author

Annie Bergman

Bergman is a Global Communications Manager for Heifer and helps plan, assign and develop content for the nonprofit’s website, magazine and blog. Bergman has interviewed survivors of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, beekeepers in Honduras, women’s groups in India and war widows in Kosovo in her six years at Heifer. Bergman received her bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma and a master’s degree in Australian Aboriginal Studies from the University of Melbourne in Australia. Her hobbies include hiking, golfing, cooking, reading and walking her dogs.