We are excited to share with you what we have accomplished together last year!
In 2013, AODVC international advocates and case managers received 3012 incoming calls and emails from 502 victims in 62 countries.
The 15 countries with the most incoming calls and emails: United Kingdom, Pakistan, Croatia, Denmark, France, South Korea, Barbados, Australia, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Thailand, Italy, Egypt and the Czech Republic.
Look at what else we were able to do: Relocated 16 victims and their children back to the USA, provided 38 legal consultations and legal retainers to enable battered mothers to file for custody of their children, provided 28 families with housing, utilities and basic needs and provided counseling to 9 survivors. For an organization that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on less then $1,000 a day, we have been called "the little engine that could" by so many people.
Over $400,000 was also received in 2013 in pro-bono legal services through our National Probono Legal program, more than twice our cash budget, making every dollar donated double in value. Our global mission is only possible because of people like you who believe in the ability and the passion of AODVC staff, volunteers and board members.
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 fifteen years ago 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
You did it! In recognition of how successful your donations have made this project, Global Giving has chosen it as their Project of the Month for January 2014! What a great way to being the New Year!
We are both excited and humbled to be chosen to have "Help Rescue 500 Battered Women And Their Children" selected for this honor. We hope you are too!
We wanted to share this wonderful news with you and thank you again for believing in our mission and donating to this lfe saving project. We could not do the work we do without your support.
With gratitude, The AODVC Team
While our final statistic won't be in before January, you have helped us assist over 500 victims with over 300 children in 2013! That means hundreds of victims are spending this holiday season in homes that are non-violent, safe and happy because of your generosity.
Here is a quote from one of the families you helped: "It is hard to believe that someone who didn't even know us helped us get home safely. So many bad things happened in our home, I didn't think anyone cared. I will never forget what you did for us. Thank you."
For those of you who already give recurring donations to our help rescue 500 battered women and their children 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 $20 a month for four months, your $80 becomes $100!
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 Help Rescue 500 Battered Women And Their Children program. This program is critical to the safety of hundreds of battered American women and their children annually.
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
We usually see a slow down in September after the busy summer months when most battered American moms flee back home to the USA with their children. This year is different. We have had 18 new clients the first ten days of September and our case managers already have an on-going case load of 100 clients.
"I asked for help at the American Embassy and the consular officer there gave me your information. You have no idea the difference you made for me. Knowing you were there to support me gave me the strength I needed to flee back home to my parents house. I will never forget you!"
Without donors like you our work would not be possible. Thank you for believing in our mission.
Warmest wishes, Paula
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