Help Laura Go Back To School After Escaping Abuse

$1,315 $0
Raised Remaining


Laura was born in the United States. Her foreign parents took her back to their home country when Laura was a baby. Now, 18, Laura reached out to AODVC, detailing the horror of child abuse by her father that she has endured for a lifetime. We are in the process of getting Laura back to the USA without her parent's knowledge. She knows she must start her life over completely and sever any ties to family members in the foreign country. This project will help us help Laura start college in the USA.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Young American women often find themselves trapped overseas by abusive parents. This is devastating as they are reliant on their abusers for everything from their basic needs to education. Laura is afraid her parents are going to arrange a marriage for her and is desperate to escape and get back to the USA for safety. Once back in the USA, we have arranged a safe place for her to stay. She wants to being college in the winter term.

How will this project solve this problem?

By helping Laura with money for tuition for the first term at her local community college, Laura will get a good start on her college education.

Potential Long Term Impact

The project serves 500 women per year empowering them to find alternatives to a life of violence so their children grow up in violence free homes with their self-esteem in tact with the hope of stopping the cycle of violence in future generations. For young women like Laura, who must leave their families and begin a new life in the USA, our programs are a lifeline for their safety, security and continuing their education so they can realize their career goals.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,315

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $1,315 .  The original project funding goal was $1,200.



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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Help Rescue 500 Battered Women And Their Children
This project enables our international toll free domestic violence crisis line, 866-USWOMEN, to operate 24/7 with accessibility from 175 countries to serve abused American women & children globally. project reportread updates from the field

Project Leader

Paula Lucas

Portland, OR United States

Where is this project located?

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