Muhammad Yunus and the Nobel Peace Prize
I'm thrilled to share the news that Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank have won the Nobel Peace Prize for their work in eradicating poverty. Since you're reading this on my fire escape, here's the me connection: I got to meet (and introduce) Dr. Yunus in Dhaka, Bangladesh, when I emceed a book launch party for my friend Alex Counts and his book, Give Us Credit. Alex (now the President of the Grameen Foundation), is acknowledged with thanks in my forthcoming novel for middle readers, Rickshaw Girl (Charlesbridge), which is based on Grameen's work in rural Bangladesh. (In the book, I show how access to credit makes an immense difference for poor women, especially in the life of an eleven-year-old girl named Naima.) Okay, enough about me -- back to the real news. For more information on Grameen and how to get involved in serving the poor by providing credit, visit the Grameen Foundation's website.