Hello from SEW's New Intern

Hello, all! My name is Emily Birnbaum and I am the new Communications Intern for Salvadoran Enterprises for Women. This summer, I will be assisting with blog upkeep, social media activity and development work. 

During our phone interview, Hannah Shultz asked me what had attracted me to SEW’s mission. Although it was one of the few questions I had not prepared an answer for, the response leapt off of my tongue immediately: Of all the nonprofit organizations I had looked into, SEW was the only one who felt adequately connected to the people they were working to help.

There are thousands of incredible human rights organizations across the country, and around the world, that work tirelessly every day to make a difference in peoples’ lives. Many of these organizations have lofty and exciting mission statements that use phrases like “end oppression” and “defeat poverty.” They all truly believe in the famous activist catchphrase: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

However, it is easy for these organizations to get locked in their ivory towers. What I love about SEW is that all of the people involved with it have a comprehensive understanding of what SEW women’s lives are truly like. They know what will make a difference because they ask the women themselves what they need. It is amazing to me how many organizations seem to feel that they know better than the people they are trying to assist.

SEW’s partnership with CIS creates a model in which employees work alongside the women instead of dictating where the road should lead. Because of this true, honest and loving connection, there are real, tangible results. These businesses thrive because the women are told how capable they are without anybody’s help. I am all for work that helps women understand their own autonomy and pride! Once women learn the wealths of skill and intelligence they have inside of themselves, they are unstoppable. All you have to do is read the narratives of SEW women to realize this truth.

I am so excited to work with SEW this summer. All of the people I have met so far have been inspirational in their diligence, warm-heartedness and strength. I feel lucky to work with an organization whose mission is so successful, whose connection to its cause is so strong and whose power is so mighty. 

If you would like to contact me about writing a guest blog post or about something I should post on Facebook, please contact me at birnbaume@kenyon.edu. Thank you all so much!