On January 1, 2015, I will be slipping on my 100 Good Deeds bracelet, and I will be wearing it until I have completed 100 acts of giving to others.
100 Good Deeds (1GD) is a non-profit providing economic and educational opportunities to women and girls in developing nations. Providing work and training to vulnerable women in Uganda, India, Indonesia, Zambia, South Africa, Rwanda, and Haiti, these bracelets gives a women a way to support their families through earning. Proceeds from 1GD bracelets are reinvested in the program to provide more women and girls with training and income.
The bracelets are designed by Mary Fisher, author, artists and AIDS advocate. Fisher has spent a decade partnering with vulnerable women in Africa, designing jewelry made by the women in order to assist them to earn a dignified livelihood. She had just released her memoir, Messenger, a story of discovering joy in service, when she met Thomas Morgan, filmmaker and father, who created the 100 Good Deeds game with his family.
The rules of the 100 Good Deeds Game: A “good deed” means that an individual has gone out of his or her way to help someone, and only counts if the deed remains anonymous. Thomas shared the game with Mary who responded by creating the 100 Good Deeds bracelet. The bracelet is both a call to do good deeds and a strategy to empower women.
It is a new, revolutionary kind of resolution, and I hope you will join me.