Breaking the cycle of gender violence

 
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Jun 4, 2010

Half-year financial report

Hi friends,

It is with great pleasure that I hereby submit a summary of our half-year financial report for all the donations for all our projects. The report runs from November 2009 to May 2010.

Again, thanks so much for all your support and we always love to hear from you. So keep the comments coming in!!!

Lovely weekend!


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May 28, 2010

Treating the Mind

A woman strolls down the village street. As she passes another woman, also shabbily dressed, the two make a face at each other then each goes her way. The meeting is on. That is the signal that the monthly meeting of women survivors of domestic violence will be taking place.

A group of women approached GEMINI personnel some time back and requested help in dealing with violence in their homes. They complained that development could not take place effectively if women are excluded from the process. we agreed to chip in.

For months now, monthly meetings have been taking place, each at one of the women's residence, mostly during the day when the husbands are not present.

"I feel I have been able to unburden my hurt feelings every time we meet," says Njoki. "This is the only place of refuge for people like us. I can confidently share my experiences, learn from fellow women and gain strength from other participants.

The program slowly seeks to change social norms and perceptions that glorify domestic violence. This will be achieved by a groundswell approach that changes one person's behaviour, then the next one, then the next...

"It will be a tedious process that will seek to win the support of men and other influential members within the community and thus expand their acceptance of women rights issues," says Stella, GEMINI Director.

With support from friends like you, GEMINI will be able to reach out to the whole community with the same message, provide trauma counseling to victims of gender violence and create an environment of tolerance.

Thank you all for your continued support to our organization. We look forward to more solid partnership.

Nov 30, 2009

End of year report

Hi friends,

Its been a loooong year..! But thanks for your continued support, we feel we have done our best in serving our community to the best of our ability.

The civil society in Kenya is becoming worried with conflicting reports about the progress being made in the fight against HIV/Aids.

We are getting reports that the government could lose out again in accessing support from the Global Fund; then disturbing reports that ARVs stocks are almost depleted...leaving PLWHA with an uncertain future.

Though caught in the web of uncertainty, GEMINI will continue to serve the community with the little resources available.

I'm kindly urging you to take part in an exciting opportunity, GIVE MORE-GET MORE Challenge which will ensure that all donations that you make to any of our projects are matched.

Your kind donations will enable us provide transportation to PLWHA so they can access their drugs; support orphans and grandmothers in rural villages with social support and offer free HIV testing to young people during these festive seasons.

Thanks so much for your continued support and we hope for more donations and moral support from your end.

God bless, Emily

PS: PLEASE REMEMBER YOU HAVE LIMITED TIME BEFORE THE CHALLENGE ENDS. MAKE THAT DONATION NOW!

Oct 22, 2009

Special appeal

Dear GEMINI supporter,

I take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for your continued support throughout this year. With your donations, we have been able to strengthen community involvement in discussing gender-based violence and opening up space for dialogue between spouses.

With your support, we have been able to engage at-risk families, providing trauma counseling, outreach campaign and psychosocial integration.

Last month, we were able to conduct house-to-house sessions that equipped abused women with self-confidence skills and linked them with faith-based initiatives and generally bridged the gap for increased communication between local initiatives that campaign against gender-based violence.

“I know its going to be a long journey but am convinced with such a start, we will eventually break the barriers that make violence acceptable,” says Ruth, a participant in the healing sessions.

I’m personally writing to thank you profusely for your previous support. No matter the size of your donation, we are so grateful for your continued support.

As the festive seasons approach, we are worried that cases of domestic violence might increase and jeopardize all the progress we had achieved. With your support, we will strengthen our outreach campaign and increase community participation that will prevent further domestic abuse.

Once again, thank you so much for your continuous vote of confidence and keep up those comments!

Aug 19, 2009

Speak your mind...!

Hi friends,

A milestone...! This is how I can describe the events of last month. We finally managed to convince survivors of domestic violence to come out in the open and share their experiences..!

Fungua Roho Yako (Speak Your mind!) is a support circle that will enable women experiencing family violence meet, exchange experiences and build their self-esteem.

As they say, every journey starts with a single step. We want to encourage these women break the silence and invoke the community to support them in ending the violence.

Support us in supporting them. They have the will, the determination and the courage. Now they just need wings to fly..

Thanks so much for your previous support. Clicking that donation button gives a woman a pair of lovely wings..

Please donate now...


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Organization

Grassroots Empowerment Initiative (GEMINI)

ELDORET, RIFT VALLEY PROVINCE, Kenya

Project Leader

Stella Amojong

Program Coordinator
ELDORET, RIFT VALLEY, Kenya

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