Laura Poko

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“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson

I have lived too many of my days dominated by fear.

For years, fear reigned over my every decision, keeping me small. My life felt stagnant. All the exciting things I wanted to do seemed completely unattainable. I watched people live large while I sat back and let fear take hold. It wasn’t until I found a community of women in The Glow Effect who helped me liberate myself from fear that I took drastic steps for change.

My liberation included venturing to Europe on a 9-day solo trip, joining a skeeball league (my first time on a sports team), and applying for The Glow Exchange program.

Unfortunately, this living-in-fear is a recurring theme around the world – for women of all ethnicities, backgrounds, and cultures. Millions of women have lived ruled by fear, dimming their light to fit outdated societal standards, to elevate men who push them down, out of fear of making others around them uncomfortable, and even out of the belief that investing in ourselves is selfish.

It’s time for a change.

It’s time for a world full of women who exude their glow; who use their strength and power to ignite growth and change from the smallest communities in rural Africa to the biggest cities in the United States.

Enter The Glow Exchange and the village of Kasaali, Uganda.

The women of Kasaali face unimaginable challenges day-in and day-out, including AIDS, domestic violence, and hunger. The Glow Exchange seeks to give these women the fuel to ignite their hearts, their souls, their power, and their glow.

My fellow Glow-Getters and I are currently co-creating a curriculum to teach women at The Glow Effect Centre in Kasaali leadership training, vocational skills, and female empowerment. We are raising funds to make the programs at The Glow Effect Centre become a reality for women throughout their community.

Why Kasaali? Why not a community closer to home? Simple: this community of women is yearning to embrace change. They’re just lacking the resources to make it happen.

I invite you to join me and embrace change with them. I’m participating in The Glow Exchange because women have a tremendous amount of power – and that power has been pushed down for way too long.

Let’s help the women of Kasaali become liberated from fear. Maybe you’ll become a little more liberated in the process. That is my hope – a world full of brave humans, facing down terrifying situations with grace and determination – lifting one another up with the power of GLOW.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Donate to The Glow Effect Centre for Women and Girls
  • If you feel inspired, share the information I’m providing about The Glow Exchange
  • Be brave and get involved in fundraising, or even consider becoming a Glow-Getter yourself
  • Ask me questions! I’d love to share details on the program with you. :)