General Federation of Women’s Clubs

gfwc_logoINMED Partnerships for Children was selected as an international partner of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) in 2010. It is an honor to be recognized by such a prestigious organization of women supporting their local communities as well as efforts abroad. In 2012, we became a Juniors’ Special Projects partner.

INMED originally became affiliated with GFWC through our work with a local club, the Dominion Woman’s Club (DWC) in Haymarket, Virginia. At the time, the club was looking for an international outreach program to support women and children. The DWC began its support of INMED through the “Garden Brazil” program. The club donated complete household vegetable garden starter kits consisting of seeds, garden tools and other supplies, and also the training necessary to establish a successful home garden.

Shortly after, the DWC responded immediately to INMED’s appeal for the funding needed to complete a maternity waiting home in the Amazon jungle region of Peru, where maternal and infant death rates are among the highest in the western hemisphere. DWC’s generous commitment has made it possible for women in the late stages of pregnancy to have a place to stay until they give birth in a safe environment, attended by a trained volunteer community health worker.

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INMED President Linda Pfeiffer with GFWC Executive Director Lisa Lopinsky at GFWC headquarters.

Following is what Nanette McKeel Petrella, the founder of DWC, has to say about her club’s four-year relationship with INMED.

“GFWC Dominion Woman’s Club began its search for a partner for our International Outreach program in 2007. During the course of our research, we became drawn to INMED for several reasons. Being an organization of women, we were initially impressed that INMED was founded and led by a woman, Linda Pfeiffer. We liked their organizational efficiency and felt comfortable that whatever value we could bring to their efforts would be used wisely, with great stewardship,” explains Ms. Petrella.

“Most appealing, however, was its mission, which focused on helping families and communities transform themselves, with the support of broad collaborative efforts. When we met Linda and her team, we were tremendously impressed with their openness, their willingness to meet with us face to face, and their patience to answer all the many questions we posed. We knew we had found an organization, whose people would truly appreciate us for our contributions and engage us in a personal relationship that was sincere. We have been thrilled to work with INMED these last four years and hope to continue for years to come,” she continued.

We are very grateful to the GFWC for supporting all we do to rescue children from the immediate and irreversible harm of disease, hunger, abuse, neglect or violence, and to prepare them to shape a brighter future for themselves and the next generation. If your club is interested in learning more about how you can get involved with INMED Partnerships for Children, please contact Elizabeth Street at estreet@inmed.org or at (703) 729-4951 ext. 227.