As part of International Women's Day, a photo exhibition of women around the world is on display at SowHope in Grand Rapids.

SowHope is a local non-profit organization that helps women internationally by promoting wellness, education and economic opportunities. The global organization focuses exclusively on the holistic needs of women living in extreme poverty.

The work of co-founder, president and CEO of SowHope, Mary Dailey Brown, is featured in the exhibition, along with several other local artists. Mary is a professional photographer who worked at the White House as a staff photographer serving presidents Carter and Reagan, but left that position to pursue missionary work.

Prior to founding SowHope, Mary was the Director of Missions at Bella Vista Church in Rockford for eight years, and it was during that time that she traveled to many third world countries and developed the vision to start SowHope.

A reception is being held Thursday, March 8, at 6 p.m. at SowHope's new offices at 3777 Sparks Dr. SE in Grand Rapids.

Mary will be sharing some of the amazing stories of the women and communities who have been helped by SowHope.

Wine, appetizers and desserts will be served. There will be music and Mary will speak during the event about why this day is so important to celebrate and honor women worldwide.

To learn more about SowHope or for information on their upcoming reception, visit their website at

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