Five years ago, I returned home from a six month study and internship program, that afforded me the opportunity to work with La Coordinadora de Mujeres Urbanas and El Centro de Atencion a la Mujer y la Familia de Cotacachi, two organizations born of a deep commitment to the advancement and liberation of women. The experience led me to found Four Walls and a Roof and the project to help raise the necessarily capital to open the first domestic violence shelter in the rural Andean area of Cotacachi, Imbabura, Ecuador.
Five years later, the doors are open and the shelter is now home to women and children seeking refuge from domestic violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and as we continue to think on our family members, friends, and neighbors who--too--may be struggling to escape a violent relationship, we know that we are not alone. One of the most precious things about the women's shelter in Cotacachi is that the same women that have organized the community to resist violence and support survivors are the workers, the developers, and the administration of the shelter itself. To protect their project and support it's sustained impact, I'm asking each and every one of you to consider donating to Four Walls and a Roof this holiday season.
Your tax-deductible donation will go to support the ongoing development of the shelter including: beds and bedding, kitchen items, the development of the childcare center, resource library, and computer lab.
With the holidays fast approaching, are hearts call our to yours: what will you give this season?
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