Editors Note: A commitment to empower women is embedded in Heifer Internationals core values for sustainable development. In honor of International Womens Day on Thursday, March 8, this week were 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.
Ill never forget Sadie Kameri. Never.
Sadies story affected me so deeply that I feared Id never be able to adequately convey each emotion that I felt hearing her tell it. Its so tragic, so haunting and yet so hopeful.
My hope is this video gives you an idea of how remarkable Sadie ishow remarkable all of the women of Kosovo areand explains just why I'll carry the war widows I met with me for the rest of my life.
For a fuller picture of Sadies life after the Kosovo war, read "Those Who Remain" in the Holiday 2009 edition of World Ark.