Vanessa first contacted us in October 2013. She and her daughter Anna were being abused by Vanessa's husband in a South American country. Vanessa's AODVC case manager Ava helped Vanessa for months with safety planning and resources. When Vanessa was ready to flee to safety to the USA with Anna in June, we were able to get them back safely because of you. Without donations through our Danger to Safety Relocation project on Global Giving, Vanessa and Anna would not have been able to flee home.
Here is a message from Vanessa: "I never thought I would see my Mama and Papa again. Anna met her grandparents for the first time. We are so happy to be alive and to be back home. You are my heros!"
We want to thank you for believing in our mission and for donating to this life-saving project.
When Kara first called our international hotline in January, she was crying so much, Ava, one of our case managers, couldn't even understand her. Ava spoke to Kara almost every day since. It took time for Kara to open up and trust Ava after all of the abuse, but, earlier this week Kara arrived safely to the USA with her daugner Olivia.
Ava helped Kara safety plan and understand all of her options. It took months of preparation, and because of you, we were able to get Kara and Olivia out of the foreign country and back safe at home. Olivia is only two years old so she doesn't understand what mother's day is, but here is a note from Kara.
"I am so happy to be back home with my parents. We will celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday with my mom! Ava saved my life. I feel so blessed to have found you."
Thank you for helping Kara and Olivia! Your donation is helping save lives.
If you are considering another donation this Mother's Day, we have a new project on Global Giving. Battered Mother and Children Rescue, specifically to help American mother's and children get home this summer and also provide them with emergency assistance and basic needs.
Thank you again and Happy Mother's Day to the mother's in your life!
Last year you helped provide 16 battered mothers and their children life-saving danger to safety flights back to the USA! That is one relocation almost every three weeks. Our case managers work hard to navigate victims to safety from foreign countries, but it is your donations that make these flights possible.
Here is part of an email we received from one of the battered mothers you helped:
"I was so afraid when I left the house with Katie while my husband was sleeping. But the taxi you called was right there. When he took me to the airport and we boarded the flight it felt unreal. I am safe now with family and we are starting our lives over. Katie loves playing with the neighbors dog. It is so nice to have some normality in our lives. You are my angels..."
I personally know how important your donations are to victims in need. If you are interested in learning more about why I founded the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center, you can read the first chapter of my memoir for free at www.harvestingstonesbook.com
I can't thank you enough for chosing our project to donate to on Global Giving. Warmest wishes always, Paula
When a domestic violence victim leaves the abuser it is the most dangerous time of a victims life; the time when a lethality is most likely to occur. Getting victims out of homes quickly and to a secure place is vital to their safety. Without your support, this would not be possible.
Here is a quote from a victim you helped this year: "I was so afraid my husband was going to kill me and my baby when he came home from work that day. The Embassy said they couldn't help me, but said to call you. I could not believe that within two hours you had me in a hotel, safe, then I was on my way home the next day. I know you saved our lives. I don't know how I can ever repay you. Thank you."
For those of you who already give recurring donations to our danger to safety relocation for DV survivors program, we thank you so much. For those of you who have not given recurring donations, please consider becoming a recurring donor between December 20th and December 31st and Global Giving will match your December donation 100% as long as the recurring donation lasts four months.
If you give $50 a month for four months, your $200 becomes $250!
We sincerely thank you for your support and wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday.
The AODVC Team
First I want to personally thank you for your support of our Danger-To-Safety Relocation for DV Survivors program. This program is critical to the safety of the American victims we help get back to the USA.
As a supporter, I also wanted to let you know that I have published my memoir, Harvesting Stones, An American woman's international journey of survival, almost 15 years after escaping Dubai.
If you are interested, my memoir goes into detail of why I was compelled to start the organization. To read the first chapter for free please go to www.harvestingstonesbook.com
For the launch on October 7th, the kindle version will be available on amazon.com at a discounted price of only $2.99.
Folks that buy Harvesting Stones between October 7th and October 17th, and leave a review, will be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. On October 18th we will pick the lucky winner!
I truly appreciate your belief in my vision and our mission. Warmest wishes, Paula
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