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Upcoming 2021 Programs
Registration is required for all programs. There is no charge for most programs. Zoom information will be sent to registrants. Guests are welcome.
Virtual Travel Programs
WIL members and their guests meet virtually to discuss international films and books about women - from a cultural perspective.
Travel Book Club Discussion
Canal Zone Daughter
on June 15, 2021 at 3:30 PM
Have you visited the Panama Canal? ... join a WIL Book Club virtual travel experience
Panama, a country, with the construction of its infamous Canal, connected the world...shortening travel between the Atlantic and Pacific. The United States took over the construction project in 1904 and opened the canal on August 15, 1914. It continued to control the canal and surrounding Panama Canal Zone until 1977 when then President Jimmy Carter signed a treaty and handed it over to Panama. But what of the life of the families living in the Canal Zone?
In 1964, Edwin and Jean Armbruster left their home in the United States to raise their family on the Panama Canal Zone, a little known American territory in the Central American country of Panama. In Canal Zone Daughter Judy (Armbruster) Haisten tells her unique childhood story, culminating in the crushing loss when former President Carter signs treaties that effectively eliminates her, and fellow U.S. citizens', former home.
Join your WIL virtual travel buddies as we take a unique adventure into a remarkable American story, in an exotic place and time. Let’s virtually visit the Canal Zone in Panama together.
Date: June 15, 2021
Venue: ZOOM video discussion
Cost: $0 for WIL members and their guests
International travel - (C0VID permitting)
Belize in Winter of 2021 - more information to follow!
Location: ZOOM Video Link, to be sent to RSVP “YES” attendees a day before the discussion.
Space is limited to ensure all attendees can participate in the discussion.
WIL provided Namaste Direct a $5,000 grant to support Namaste's Basic Income Supplement Program. The program provided funds over a three month period to approximately 20 current indigenous borrowers in Guatemala whose incomes were negatively impacted by the pandemic.
WIL funded a grant to support a three-month social enterprise program in Sierra Leone that produced and sold face masks to prevent and ameliorate the impact of COVID-19 in 19 communities.
In 2020, WIL provided one-time grants to two of our partner organizations to fund special initiatives to address the COVID pandemic.