Thank you so much for supporting Give Hope & Healing To Abused & Trafficked Women this past month!
Through the generosity of 90 people, we were able to raise $2,364 that will go to Give Hope & Healing To Abused & Trafficked Women run by Hagar USA. Together, we provided enough funds to provide job training to 50 abused and trafficked women in 2011. Next month, these funds will help Hagar Vietnam to offer its fourth job training in the past year and a half!
The job training includes personal development, soft skills training, and vocational training. The personal development training uses art and group therapy. After completion, soft skills training and vocational training begins. This training includes effective communication, ethical behavior, dealing with conflict in the work place, positive thinking, and how to perform well at work. The six-month vocational training teaches the women specific skills such as hospitality, cooking, and housekeeping.
Through this increase in job training and employment services, many of the women are now employed through Hagar's enterprise partner, Joma Bakery and Café. Click on the video link below to see some of these women working with the skills they've learned.
As we commemorate the one-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, we're pleased to announce that Education for Children in Port Au Prince is the project of the month for February 2011.
Education for Children in Port Au Prince is run by European Disaster Volunteers and aims to give earthquake-affected children in Port au Prince the chance to attend school by providing scholarships and constructing classrooms.
School in Haiti is not free. The earthquake has destroyed schools and robbed many parents of their livelihoods leaving them without means to pay school fees. The combination of fewer classrooms and fewer jobs has resulted in many children being unable to access education. Lack of education locks these children in a cycle of poverty. Ensuring access to school not only improves children's lives, but Haiti's long-term ability to recover from the earthquake.
EDV can build a transitional classroom in an orphanage or community for as little as $2,000. Emma Taylor, the project leader on the ground, tell us she has a list "longer than my arm!" of requests for these classrooms.
While the situation in Haiti continues to seem dire even a year later, Emma says that survivors continue to make progress step by step. "Teachers form classes for children who can’t afford school fees, teach literacy to teens who have never been able to go to school, and parents make sacrifices to make sure their children can learn," she says. "They’ve not lost hope, and neither should we. With our support, more children in our community will attend school in 2011. Positive change is possible and is happening every day."
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Thank you again for your support,
Mari and the GlobalGiving Team
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